09/04/2009 11:00PM

Attfield seeks sales stakes double

Michael Burns
Society's Chairman (center) wins last year's Halton. Trained by Roger Attfield, he goes for his second straight win in the sales stakes Monday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Roger Attfield could bag a pair of the $125,000 yearling sales stakes here Monday with Society's Chairman and Sand Cove.

Society's Chairman, who captured the Halton last year, is a threat to repeat in that one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up.

Sand Cove, who defeated open 3-year-old company in the 1 1/8-mile Ontario Derby here last September, is a leading candidate for the 1 1/16-mile Elgin for colts and geldings, 3 and up.

"They've both been training very well," Attfield said.

Society's Chairman, a 6-year-old horse whose lone win in seven starts this year came over 1 1/16 miles of turf at Keeneland, is cutting back in distance and returning to his preferred surface after finishing fifth here in the off-the-turf With Approval over 1 1/8 miles.

"I think he likes a shorter stretch than this stretch here," said Attfield, "but he did win this race last year."

My Imperial Dancer, who won the 2007 running of the Halton, was beaten a nose as the runner-up in last year's Sept. 1 renewal but did not see action again until prevailing for a $40,000 claiming price in a six-furlong turf race here July 31.

"He went into the race last year with a little bit of a tendon problem and came out with a bigger problem," said Norm McKnight, who trains the 7-year-old gelding. "He's in great shape. To me, he's training better into this race this year."

Sand Cove, who put together a three-race stakes winning streak here last year, opened up his current campaign with a close third-place finish in the Ontario Jockey Club over seven furlongs of turf. But in his next start, which came in the 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton on the main track, Sand Cove ended seventh of eight as the favorite.

"He just didn't run his race," Attfield said. "It was the way the race was run or whatever - I don't know."

Sand Cove's rivals include Dancer's Bajan, last year's Elgin runner-up, and Gallant, who is facing older rivals and returning to Polytrack.

Gallant, trained by Mark Casse, outnodded the formidable filly Milwaukee Appeal in the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie and then finished sixth here in the Breeders' over 1 1/2 miles of turf.

Arden Belle eyes Algoma three-peat

Arden Belle seeks her third consecutive win in the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile route for fillies and mares.

Arden Belle was near the end of a lucrative campaign when she landed the 2007 Algoma, and she captured last year's renewal over You Will Love Me, who is back for another go Monday.

This year, Arden Belle has just a pair of third-place finishes to her credit from six starts, which were all in open stakes.

You Will Love Me also is winless this year but she's exiting a good second-place finish on turf in the Victoriana, a stakes that she won in 2008.

Asmussen targets juvenile stakes

Trainer Steve Asmussen will have a representative in both seven-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds. He's running Bold Canadian in the Simcoe for males and Elated Moon in the filly equivalent, the Muskoka.

Bold Canadian graduated at first asking by 8 3/4 lengths in a five-furlong maiden special. Most recently, in the six-furlong Vandal Stakes, he battled up front along the rail before fading to eighth in a tough field.

Assistant trainer Hank Gensler believes Bold Canadian will benefit from the stretchout in distance.

"I don't think seven-eighths is going to hurt him at all," Gensler said. "I think he can go any distance, but he wants a certain type of pace. The longer races are definitely going to give him the pace that he wants."

Among the other Simcoe contenders are Doctor Jack, D's Wando, Fastin Bear, and Everyone.

Everyone is a promising maiden who was a troubled third in D's Wando's maiden win over seven furlongs Aug. 16.

"I like him a lot," trainer Gail Cox said. "He ran well both times. His last race was messy. He got stopped a couple of times."

Elated Moon was a wide third in the open My Dear Stakes in June. She went on to contest two restricted stakes, finishing third in the Shady Well and fifth in the Nandi.

Gensler said Elated Moon had a troubled trip in the six-furlong Nandi.

"She actually ran a pretty good race," Gensler said. "She broke from the far outside, and a horse dragged her towards the outside fence. By the time that she got off of her, we were next to last going into the turn. She ran really hard from the three-eighths pole home."

Gensler believes that Elated Moon will enjoy the added distance.

"She's a real nice filly mentally and she'll relax," he said.

Amazon Belle could be favored in the Muskoka off her fast-closing second-place finish in her five-furlong debut Aug. 20, for which she got a 74 Beyer Speed Figure.

"We always liked her a little bit," trainer Bob Tiller said. "She's shown some talent. Hopefully, she'll run back to that first race. She's in good order, but I wish I had another race in between before stretching her out to seven-eighths."

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink