06/11/2002 11:00PM

Attfield has newcomer on Lasix


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - After a slow beginning to the Woodbine meet, Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield has begun to pick it up lately. Last week, he captured the Ontario Matron Handicap with Extend and won a maiden special weight event on turf with first-time starter Perfect Soul, a promising son of Sadler's Wells.

Attfield will send out several live runners on Friday's card, including Kiskis, a relatively unknown commodity in the featured ninth race, for fillies and mares on the grass.

Kiskis, a 5-year-old by 1993 Canadian Horse of the Year Peteski, began her career in France, where she won a minor stakes going about 1 1/4 miles last spring. She made her first start for Attfield here May 15, in a two-turn allowance on the main track, in which she battled on the front end for three-quarters of a mile before tiring badly.

Kiskis gets Lasix for the first time on Friday, and should be well backed in her second outing following an extended layoff. Todd Kabel retains the mount.

Facing Kiskis in the 1 1/8-mile preliminary allowance will be Dime Across, Darling Katey, Agolo, Clubay, and Bonnie's Prize.

Attfield has two other runners on the card, including Omshanti in the second race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special for fillies and mares.

Omshanti, a 3-year-old by Concern, earned a share of the purse in three of her four races in 2001 while facing some of the better juvenile fillies on the grounds. She cut out the fractions in her lone route try Sept. 8, but faded in the stretch, and finished a distant fourth behind future stakes winner Lady Shari.

In her lone outing this year, on May 20, Omshanti finished fifth in a seven-furlong maiden special with current rider Robert Landry aboard.

Attfield will also saddle Milligram in the fifth race, a one-mile maiden special on turf.

Milligram encountered traffic problems in the stretch when she debuted on Feb. 20 over the Gulfstream Park turf, and finished sixth in a key event. Three weeks later, she was a well-beaten fifth in a race taken off the grass.

Milligram returned from a 2 1/2-month vacation in a seven-furlong maiden special here on May 25. Sent off at 7-2, she pressed the pace along the rail before weakening in the final furlong, and ended up fourth in her first try with Lasix.

Jim McAleney, the regular rider of Attfield's stable star, Sweetest Thing, in 2001, has the call on Milligram.

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