07/04/2014 10:33AM

Attfield seeks sixth straight Singspiel Stakes score

Michael Burns
Forte Dei Marmi will try to win the Singspiel Stakes for the second straight year Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Roger Attfield has dominated the Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes in recent years and will send out defending champion Forte Dei Marmi and Perfect Timber on Sunday in an attempt to win his sixth Singspiel Stakes title in a row.

Forte Dei Marmi and Perfect Timber both ran in the Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs in their most recent starts May 24. Forte Dei Marmi was fourth, while Perfect Timber was sixth, and both horses breezed six furlongs in 1:12.40 on the turf training track here Sunday in preparation for the Singspiel.

“I was very happy with them,” Attfield said. “They’re coming into the race well.”

Forte Dei Marmi has followed a similar schedule in 2014 to the one that resulted in him winning the Singspiel last season. He made his seasonal debut in an allowance race at Keeneland in April before running seventh in the Elkhorn ahead of his Louisville Handicap start.

“It took him a couple of races last year to get going, and I thought his race at Churchill was an okay race,” Attfield said. “I’m very happy with him, and I think he’s rounding into form now. I’m just hoping the ground won’t be too hard.”

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Perfect Timber has run against Forte Dei Marmi five times in his nine career starts and hasn’t been able to finish ahead of his stablemate. But Attfield said Perfect Timber has the ability to turn the tables on Forte Dei Marmi at some point during the season.

“I thought last year that he was close enough that he might beat that horse,” he said. “He hasn’t rounded into form yet. I probably ran him too short at Keeneland, but he’s coming around okay, and I think he’ll beat that fellow this year.”

Trainer Malcolm Pierce will send out Aldous Snow in the Singspiel for owner Sam-Son Farm. Aldous Snow enters the race off a win in a second-level allowance event over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Woodbine on June 7, when he earned a 93 Beyer Speed Figure.

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Dynamic Sky, the winner of last season’s Plate Trial Stakes, will return to stakes company for the first time since the 2013 Queen’s Plate and will be trying turf for the first time Sunday.

Rounding out the field are Hampstead Heath and Quaesitor.