06/10/2007 11:00PM

Attard took in an all-too-familiar scenario


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Woodbine Oaks evoked an uncomfortable sense of deja vu for trainer Steve Attard, owner Les Pereira, and jockey Justin Stein, as Saskawea finished second after forcing the pace of Street Sounds.

Last year, Sweet Breanna had finished second for the same connections in the Woodbine Oaks behind the Casse-trained Kimchi.

"Two years in a row, my fillies have run identical races," said Attard. "I chase the speed, and soften the lead horse up for Casse to come from off the pace."

Attard believes Saskawea's cause had been hampered early on Woodbine Oaks Day when Palace Pier, who figured to be a pace factor, was scratched when seemingly off her game.

"I said 'Oh-oh, we're in trouble,' " said Attard. "But I think maybe if we didn't go with [Street Sounds], we would have been third.

"For my filly to finish second, after those fractions, was tremendous. Sealy Hill is obviously a better horse. We've run against her twice, and she beat us twice."

Attard now will point Saskawea for the $250,000 Bison City, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here July 1.

Sweet Breanna was second to Kimchi in last year's Bison City, which was run at Fort Erie.

Matz analyzes Street Sounds's defeat

Street Sounds, trained by Michael Matz, wound up third under Ramon Dominguez as the 6-5 favorite.

Owned by Hidden Creek Farm, Street Sounds came into the Woodbine Oaks with three career stakes victories, two on turf and one on Polytrack at Keeneland.

"We didn't want to be on the lead, especially with fractions like that, but she broke too sharp," said Matz, who was visiting Woodbine for the first time. "On Polytrack, I think she's sharper than she is on grass, and I think a mile and an eighth might be a little too far for her.

"It's just something you have to figure out with a horse."

Street Sounds was heading back to her base at Fair Hill, Md., on Monday. Matz, while unsure of her next move, will consider the Bison City.

Quiet Jungle may have needed one

Quiet Jungle, owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, never reached serious contention as the fifth-place Woodbine Oaks finisher.

"She got very tired," said Frostad. "I was a little surprised. But, in retrospect, her last two races were funnily run races. She really only ran about half a mile in each one. Maybe she just wasn't fit enough."

Quiet Jungle could return in the Bison City, but Frostad and Sam-Son also have another candidate in Catch the Thrill, who was Canada's champion 2-year-old filly last year and has been picking up the pace in preparation for her seasonal bow.

Suva headed back west

Suva, the Vancouver invader owned by Jeffrey Sengara and trained by Steve Henson, is heading back to Hastings after finishing a well-beaten seventh in the Woodbine Oaks.

"She got outrun, that's all," said Henson. "She had a little trouble down the backstretch, but nothing that was going to make any difference.

"I'll turn her out for a couple of weeks, and get her ready for British Columbia Cup Day."

Suva's target on that Aug. 6 program at Hastings is the $45,000 Dogwood, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies bred in British Columbia.

Mixed results for Pletcher

Christies Treasure and Belleplaine, both trained by Todd Pletcher, left Woodbine early Monday morning after contrasting efforts in the Woodbine Oaks.

Christies Treasure, owned by Elisabeth Alexander, closed to finish fourth in her first outing on a surface other than turf, while Belleplaine, owned by Melnyk Racing Stable, was eased after racing in third place through the early stages.