09/07/2009 11:00PM

Attfield takes two with Sand Cove, Society's Chairman


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sand Cove and Society's Chairman, a pair of Ontario-sired aces trained by Roger Attfield, lived up to their advance notices here on Monday's yearling sales stakes program.

Sand Cove, a 4-year-old colt, took over early on the backstretch under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos en route to a 3 3/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Elgin for colts and geldings, 3 and up.

Society's Chairman, a 6-year-old horse, benefited from a patient ride by Jono Jones while recording his second straight win in the Halton, a one-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and upward.

Sand Cove, a $60,000 yearling purchase owned by Ralph Johnson, had opened up his campaign with a third-place finish in the Ontario Jockey Club, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario foals here July 18.

But he then finished a disappointing seventh in the Shepperton, a 6 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired horses on Aug. 5.

"He's been training been great all year, going very strong," said Attfield. "He ran huge in his first start but then he came back too soon.

While Sand Cove could be reserved for later targets Attfield is not ruling out a tilt at the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 20.

"He had fun out there Monday; he had a fairly easy race," said Attfield. "We'll see how he is, and how the Mile is coming up."

Society's Chairman finds his spot

Society's Chairman, owned by Charles Fipke and George Waud, had been competing in tougher company since January and scored by a going-away 3 3/4 lengths in the Halton.

"We know he can do that," said Attfield. "I was just concerned about him being covered up long enough. He doesn't like this long stretch. If he makes the lead too soon, he gets to loafing."

Society's Chairman's next major target is the $125,000 Bunty Lawless, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Oct. 24.

"You can't run him too much," said Attfield, who was the listed buyer at $40,000 when Society's Chairman went through the ring here. "He's had lots of little ailments, niggly things. I've always tried to look after him."

Roses 'n' Wine feeling good again

The most dominant performance in the six $125,000 yearling sales stakes was Roses 'n' Wine's 8 3/4-length romp in the Algoma for fillies and mares.

A 4-year-old owned by Firestone Farm and trained by David Bell, Roses 'n' Wine was recording her first stakes score in the 1 1/16-mile Algoma, and her 1:42.90 clocking and 101 Beyer Speed Figure bettered those of Sand Cove.

Roses 'n' Wine, a $160,000 yearling, had run through her first two allowance conditions in her first two starts of the season but then ended eighth in the Grade 2 Nassau at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

After recording just one second-place finish in three subsequent outings, Roses 'n' Wine was given a breather following the July 19 Ontario Matron.

"She went over the top a little bit," said Bell. "We sent her to the farm, and freshened her a little bit, and got her happy again."

The time off worked wonders as Roses 'n' Wine seized command on the backstretch of the Algoma and simply widened thereafter under regular rider Chantal Sutherland.

"You never know they're going to run that well but she'd been training that way," said Bell. "And, just looking at her, you kind of thought she'd put things together."

Bell is uncertain of his next move with Roses 'n' Wine but a return to the grass is a possibility.

"I still think she's as good or better on turf," said the trainer.

First stakes tally for You Don't Pass

You Don't Pass also recorded his first stakes win in the day's opening event, scoring by a length under Sutherland in the six-furlong Kenora for 3-year-olds and upward.

A 3-year-old gelding owned by Three Sons Racing Stable and trained by Bob Tiller, You Don't Pass had won two of his first three starts and was coming off a first-level allowance tally here July 26.

You Don't Pass had been entered in an open allowance race for 3-year-olds here Aug. 12 but was scratched.

"We'd scoped him and he was full of mucus, so we just decided to aim him for this race," said Tiller.

You Don't Pass, a $57,000 yearling, had spent time at the racetrack last year but did not make it to the post.

"It was just the usual 2-year-old ailments," said Tiller. "He always gave me the feeling he had some ability. He's run better than he's worked. I think, up to seven furlongs, he's going to be a good horse."

Baker picks next targets for Fastin Bear

Fastin Bear, owned by the Bear Stable of Danny Dion and trained by Reade Baker, feasted on his opposition with a 5 1/4-length win under regular rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva in the seven-furlong Simcoe for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

A $95,000 yearling, Fastin Bear had won his debut at five furlongs and then finished fourth in the six-furlong Vandal for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

"The seven furlongs was a bit of a question mark," said Baker, who also trained Fastin Bear's dam, the stakes-placed Regal 'n Bold. "But when he worked five furlongs in 59.60 the other day, I knew we were in business. He's just got a little bit older and a little bit better."

Baker now will consider Fastin Bear for the Oct. 18 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, and the Nov. 8 Coronation Futurity, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Both races are worth $250,000 and are restricted to Canadian-breds.

"The way he drew away Monday, we've got to give him a chance," said Baker.

Sound of Thunder scores in debut

Sound of Thunder was sent off at almost 42-1 but lowered the boom on her rivals in the seven-furlong Muskoka for 2-year-old fillies.

Owned by Bill Farish Jr.'s Woodford Racing LLC and trained by Mark Casse, Sound of Thunder was making her first career start and rallied from last in the field of 13 to score by a neck under Tyler Pizarro.

"I felt that she needed more ground," said Casse, who purchased Sound of Thunder for $105,000. "She was really just starting to come around and this was the first time I felt she was ready to run. For her to show that kind of determination, and be able to run that way, was very impressive."

Casse said his main objective in starting Sound of Thunder in the Muskoka was to get her started toward the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here Oct. 31.