07/17/2005 11:00PM

Attfield duo have lucrative weekend


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Roger Attfield will be in Kentucky this week for a shopping expedition that will include the Fasig-Tipton sale.

Although Attfield said he fears the prices at Fasig-Tipton may be too dear, he at least has a little extra spending money after sending out Ablo and Noble Stella for lucrative victories last weekend. Ablo, partly owned by Attfield, picked up $300,000 for his win in Sunday's Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown. Noble Stella, owned by Gary Tanaka, earned $197,100 for her score here in Saturday's Dance Smartly.

Attfield gave Ablo high marks for tenacity in the Prince of Wales, where he led throughout the 1 3/16 miles under regular rider Gerry Olguin.

"He's gutsy," said Attfield. "I knew turning for home they'd really have to be running at him. He wasn't going to let anybody get by unless they were much better than him."

Nobody was, at least on this day, but Attfield said he remains convinced that the Prince of Wales distance is a shade beyond Ablo's best and that the sloppy going helped him to prevail Sunday.

So while Ablo probably will be nominated to the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the 1 1/2-mile turf race that concludes the Triple Crown series here Aug. 7, he is no cinch to participate. And besides, as Attfield said following the Prince of Wales, "I already have a Breeders' horse."

Area Limits, also partly owned by Attfield, punched his ticket to the Breeders' with a solid effort here in Saturday's the Toronto Cup.

"I wanted a race into him this weekend for the Breeders'," said Attfield. "That's always been my goal."

Although he finished third in the Toronto Cup, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, Area Limits was promoted to second place upon the disqualification of runner-up Bestowed.

"He probably wouldn't have won it, but if he hadn't got bothered he would have been very close," said Attfield.

Area Limits, although still a maiden after eight starts, has shown a distinct preference for turf while suggesting that the Breeders' distance will be within his range.

Noble Stella was making her second local appearance in the Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Her first came in the Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race in which she finished a troubled sixth, four lengths off the winner.

Noble Stella's first three starts for Attfield were at 1 3/8 miles or 1 1/2 miles.

"I felt I could shorten her up," said Attfield. "When she ran in the Nassau she actually ran a very creditable race. I thought she would have been right there if she hadn't been bothered.

"This throws so many more doors open. She can run a mile and an eighth, and she can run a mile and a half."

Noble Stella represented the third winner on the card and the third stakes winner of the meeting for jockey Emile Ramsammy.

T.D. Vance gets his stakes

T.D. Vance, one of three invaders in the five-horse Toronto Cup field, recorded his first stakes victory and represented the fourth local stakes success for his trainer, Graham Motion. The others came with Confessional, winner of back-to-back runnings of the Royal North in 2000 and 2001, and Trajectory, who captured the Seagram Cup in 2001 and now stands at stud in Ontario.

Todd Kabel picked up the mount on T.D. Vance for his meet-leading eighth stakes win.

Successful trip for Accountforthegold

Accountforthegold, who had placed in three stakes here for trainer Mark Casse, journeyed to Finger Lakes last Saturday and was an emphatic winner of the New York Derby.

Ray Sabourin rode Accountforthe-gold for the first time in the New York Derby, a 1 1/16-mile race for New York-bred 3-year-olds.

Disappointing Claiming Crown

Woodbine shippers did not fare nearly as well in Saturday's Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park.

Out of Pride, trained by Chantal Paquette, finished fifth of seven as the favorite in the Tiara.

Whiskey Sez, trained by Barbara Baird and ridden by her husband, Gerry, ended sixth of seven in the Rapid Transit.

Funeral scheduled for Meyer

A funeral mass was to be held for Jerry Meyer at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gregory's Church, 122 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke. A reception was to follow here, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the lounge area of the Woodbine Club.

Meyer, who trained for almost 60 years and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1999, died last Friday at age 78.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Meyer started out as a hotwalker in the mid-1940's. After riding briefly, he took out his trainer's license in 1949 and enjoyed a highly successful career while competing in both Canada and the United States.

Meyer's stakes winners in the U.S. included Smart N Slick, Verbatim, Classic Go Go, Concomitant, Doc's Leader, Fast Gold, High Tribute, Manta, and Uncle Pokey.

In addition to the double Sovereign Award winner Northernette, Meyer trained Canadian champions such as Good Old Mort, Gentleman Conn, and Pine Point in the pre-Sovereign Award era. His other stakes winners in Canada included Brilliant Sandy, Strategic Command, Debra's Victory, Great Gabe, Bold Ruckus, High Voltage Sport, Megas Vukefalos, Nymphenburg, In the East, and Always Mint.

Meyer was Canada's leading trainer in 1964 and 1966, finishing in a dead heat with Lou Cavalaris in 1966, and ranked fourth in North America with 152 winners in 1969. His best money-winning year was 1971, when he trained the winners of 138 races and $713,364.