Updated on 09/15/2011 1:58PM

Atto Mile hopefuls out for exercise


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Numerous Times, undefeated in five career starts for The Committee Stable and trainer Sid Attard, had his final major tune-up for the Grade 1 Atto Mile at Woodbine on Sunday morning.

Numerous Times, a 4-year-old, will be making his stakes debut in Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile, a turf race for 3-year-olds and up.

With jockey Patrick Husbands aboard, Numerous Times worked six furlongs in 1:14.60 over a firm turf training course.

"He got a little shook up," Attard said. "There were too many horses out there. He likes to work earlier in the morning."

Red Sea, trained by Roger Attfield for Newgate Stud, executors of Prince Fahd Salman, may have earned a berth in the Atto Mile after working six furlongs in 1:12.80 under assistant trainer Rachel Halden.

"He worked very nicely," said Attfield, who had been disappointed by Red Sea's seventh-place finish in an Aug. 24 turf allowance which had been intended as his Atto Mile prep.

A number of American jockeys are expected to be on hand for the Atto Mile with Gary Stevens riding California invader Irish Prize; New York shippers Affirmed Success to be ridden by Jerry Bailey, Brahms by Pat Day, and City West by Shane Sellers; and Ramon Dominguez getting the call on locally based Kimberlite Pipe.

Strut the Stage, Only to You work

Other turf workers here Sunday included Strut the Stage and Only to You, who both prepped five furlongs under Todd Kabel in preparation for Grade 1 engagements here Sept. 30.

Both Strut the Stage and Only to You are owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, who will send Quiet Resolve to the Atto Mile.

Strut the Stage, coming off a nose defeat in Arlington's Secretariat, is headed for the $1.5 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

Only to You, a distant fourth last time out in Arlington's Beverly D., has designs on the $500,000 E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Fly for Avie, who won last year's renewal of the Taylor, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 under jockey Emile Ramsammy on the turf here Sunday.

A 6-year-old owned by Ivan Dalos and trained by David Bell, Fly for Avie is slated to make her seasonal bow in the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap, a supporting feature on Atto Mile Day.

The $200,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, is the final local stakes prep for the Taylor.

Ginger Gold, a 2-year-old filly, logged six furlongs on turf in 1:13.60 in preparation for Saturday's Grade 3 Natalma Stakes.

Ginger Gold, who won the Shady Well first time out for owner Mel Lawson and trainer Sid Attard, will be making her turf debut in the $125,000, one-mile Natalma.

Nicholle's Devil gives Pion first stakes winner

Trainer Bobby Pion sent out his first stakes winner here Sunday when Nicholle's Devil, a 2-year-old owned by Tenenbaum Racing Stable, took the Silver Deputy.

Pion, 50, was a longtime assistant to trainer Dave Brown before striking out on his own five years ago. He currently has 12 horses here.

Nicholle's Devil, a distant third when tagged for $50,000 in his debut, won his maiden next time out for $62,500 and was doubling up as the longest shot on the board under jockey Todd Kabel in the Silver Deputy.

"It didn't surprise me one bit," Pion said. "He keeps improving all the time. Todd was pretty high on the colt, and he ran exactly as Todd told me he'd run."

Pion has several stakes options this fall for Nicholle's Devil, who is a Canadian-bred.

El Prado Essence, a 4-year-old trained by Audre Cappuccitti, also became a stakes winner here Sunday, capturing the featured Seaway. The filly had last seen action Aug. 2, finishing third as the odds-on choice.

"After her last race, I planned on this race for her," said Cappuccitti, who also owns El Prado Essence in partnership with her husband, Gordon. "She's a bad bleeder, and I like to give her a little bit of time. She runs hard in all her races. So I sent her away to the farm, and brought her back in 10 days ago."

Cappuccitti said the plan almost backfired, as El Prado Essence had just one five-furlong breeze coming into the seven-furlong Seaway and was getting a little leg-weary in the latter stages.

"I really believe if I had given her a six-furlong work, and let her gallop out, she would have been stronger on end," she said.

The next sprint stakes for the filly and mare division is the six-furlong Ontario Fashion here Oct. 27.

El Prado Essence was ridden by Patrick Husbands, who earlier in the day had received word of the death of his mother in Barbados following a lengthy illness.

Torrid Affair out of Seaway

Torrid Affair, one of the primary contenders in the Seaway, was scratched by trainer Roger Attfield.

"She wasn't going well," said Attfield, adding that he would evaluate the filly's condition over the next few days before deciding upon her immediate future. "She pulled something somewhere."

Attfield did win a stakes over the weekend, sending out Free Vacation to defend her title in Saturday's Flaming Page, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

The trainer, who also owns Free Vacation in partnership with Mickey Canino and Bill Werner, had nominated her to both the E.P. Taylor and Canadian International last year and opted to send her against males in the International, where she finished eighth.

This year, Free Vacation is nominated only to the E.P. Taylor.

* Jockey Gerry Olguin has been fined $300 for "misuse of his whip" during the sixth race here last Thursday. The stewards ruled Olguin had cut his mount, fourth-place finisher Life's Blessing, on the flank.