06/30/2009 11:00PM

Authenicat looks out of town for stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Sweet Briar Too, Wednesday's $100,000 supporting feature, lost two of its eight entrants when Authenicat and Remarkable Remy scratched in favor of other spots.

Authenicat, the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too for fillies and mares, instead is heading to the Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park on Saturday.

The Chicago Handicap, also a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares, offers a purse of $150,000 and Grade 3 status.

"The owners felt they'd like to try to get some more graded black type on her," said Josie Carroll, who trains Authenicat for Vinery Stable and Fog City Stable.

Authenicat, an Ontario-sired 4-year-old, finished second in the Grade 3 Pocahontas over one mile at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old and third in the Grade 3 Hendrie over 6 1/2 furlongs here this spring.

In her last start here June 13, Authenicat won the restricted six-furlong Ballade under regular rider Robert Landry, who has the call for the Chicago Handicap.

Remarkable Remy, whose first 15 starts have come on the turf, breezed four furlongs in 48.40 seconds on the main track here Wednesday after trainer Malcolm Pierce decided to await next Wednesday's Repercussion.

The $100,000 Repercussion, an open 6 1/2-furlong turf race for fillies and mares, is an overnight stakes and will need a field of at least five to be carded.

"I think that might be a better spot for her," said Pierce, who trains the New York-bred 4-year-old Remarkable Remy for Live Oak Plantation.

"If she ran well in there, we could always keep the Royal North in the back of our minds with her. We have to see if she fits sprinting on the grass."

The Repercussion, named after the dam of Royal North, was inaugurated last year as a prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Royal North Stakes at six furlongs of turf on Aug. 1.

Remarkable Remy is coming off a seventh-place finish here May 30 in the Grade 2 Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race in which she set the pace before faltering to finish seventh in her first appearance in more than four months.

Todd Kabel is slated to ride Remarkable Remy for the first time in the Repercussion.

Takiddm set for Clarendon

The Carroll barn also will see action on the local front Saturday as Takiddm is among the eight entrants for the $150,000 Clarendon, a five-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

Takiddm, a homebred colt who races for Donver Stable, rallied strongly from off the pace to win his five-furlong debut in open company here June 21 with Landry aboard.

His stablemate Southern Legend, who is a Kentucky-bred, finished three-quarters of a length back in second place.

"I liked both my horses in there," Carroll said.

"In Takiddm's last two works he seemed to be turning a corner and had improved; that's why we put him in there.

"He's coming back pretty quick, but he seems to have bounced out of it pretty well."

Takiddm breezed three furlongs in 36.60 seconds here Wednesday in preparation for the Clarendon.

With Landry on the road, Emile Ramsammy has picked up the mount.

Pierce ships 'Advice' to Monmouth

Pierce will be at Monmouth Park on Friday to saddle Timely Advice for the $75,000 Mr. Prospector, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up.

"He ran so well on the dirt at Fair Grounds that I wanted to give him a try back on dirt," said Pierce, who sent out Timely Advice to win his first two allowance conditions in his only starts in New Orleans this winter.

Timely Advice, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old, is coming off a solid third-place finish in the Grade 3 Vigil over seven furlongs on Polytrack here May 18.

"He didn't run badly in the Vigil, and timing-wise this race falls into place," Pierce said.

Joe Bravo will ride Timely Advice for the first time in the Mr. Prospector.

Attfield sends Spice Route in U.N.

Trainer Roger Attfield will be at Monmouth on Saturday to saddle Spice Route for the Grade 1, $750,000 United Nations over 1 3/8 miles on turf.

Spice Route, a 5-year-old gelding who is owned by Attfield in partnership with Dick Bonnycastle and Ralph Johnson, was entered in the Grade 3, $150,000 Singspiel here June 21 but was scratched in favor of Saturday's more lucrative but testing spot.

"I think he's going great," said Attfield, who sent out Spice Route to breeze four furlongs in 48.80 on the main track here Wednesday under exercise rider Suzanne Lorimer. "Otherwise, I wouldn't be going for that kind of race."

Spice Route, who finished a close second in the Grade 2 Louisville Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf at Churchill Downs in his last start on May 23, will have Eddie Castro aboard for the first time in the United Nations.

Attfield also will be in action in absentia at Churchill Downs on Saturday, with Passager set for the Grade 2, $150,000 Firecracker at one mile on turf.

Passager, a 6-year-old gelding, finished fourth when making his local bow in the Vigil and came out of the race with a bruised foot.

"I think he should have won his last race, and a number of other races," said Attfield, who sent out Passager to breeze four furlongs here Wednesday in a bullet 47.20 under Jono Jones, who has the call for the Firecracker. "He pulls himself up before the finish. Looking back at his French form, I think he might have done that a few times there, too. I'm going to try blinkers on him."

Ghost Hour shipping to Mountaineer

Ghost Hour, who had been under consideration for Wednesday's Gradeo3, $200,000 Dominion Day over 1 1/4 miles on Polytrack here at Woodbine, instead is scheduled to head back to Mountaineer Park for Saturday's $75,000 Independence Day at one mile on the turf course.

A Florida-bred 5-year-old horse trained by Brian Lynch, Ghost Hour finished second in the Memorial Day over the same distance and surface at Mountaineer last time out.

Blues Street, the 2 1/2-length winner there, also is in the Independence Day lineup.