10/28/2003 12:00AM

BC also-rans will race next year


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wait till next year.

That will have to do as the battle cry for Soaring Free and Perfect Soul, the only Woodbine-based performers in Saturday's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.

Soaring Free, owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, and Perfect Soul, owned by Charles Fipke and trained by Roger Attfield, both competed in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Soaring Free finished fifth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, with Perfect Soul another 2 3/4 lengths back in ninth.

With jockey John Velazquez riding for the first time, Soaring Free was right there through a very quick pace and actually led with an eighth of a mile remaining before the closers came calling. "He ran very well," Frostad said. "The two-turn mile is not his best trip but, running against the best in the world, he gave a good account of himself."

Soaring Free, a 4-year-old gelding, won three consecutive turf stakes here this summer, at six and seven furlongs, before finishing second to BC Mile runner-up Touch of the Blues in the Atto Mile, a one-turn turf race.

Soaring Free returned to Woodbine early Monday morning and seemed to be in good order, according to his trainer.

"He bled a little bit, but probably a lot of them did," said Frostad. "We'll let him down a little bit now and probably ship him to Florida for a break. He had a pretty tough year."

Perfect Soul heads for Florida

Perfect Soul got the worst of the draw in the Mile, breaking from post 13, and had an unfavorable trip under Jose Santos.

"I thought we'd drop over and be right at the back of the pack," Attfield said. "But he went wide and wasn't covered up down the backstretch.

"It was very obvious at the half-mile pole that he wasn't going to get anything," the trainer said. "He ran opposite to the way he normally runs; he went backwards."

Perfect Soul, who also bled during the Mile, shipped from Los Angeles to Louisville, Ky., and soon will be heading to Florida.

"I'm taking him to Payson Park to give him a bit of a holiday," Attfield said. "He bled enough for me to want to give him a break."

Perfect Soul could see action in Florida in preparation for his first major goal, the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland next April.

"We'll plan his schedule from there," said Attfield, who transformed Perfect Soul into a miler late this summer and watched the horse win the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland after finishing third in the Atto Mile.

Bessarabian next for 'Garden'

Winter Garden was the filly of the hour here on Saturday, taking the $136,125 Ontario Fashion for owner Frank DiGiulio and trainer Bob Tiller.

The stakes score was the 10th of the meeting for jockey David Clark and the 13th for Tiller, who also won a stakes at Fort Erie with Rare Friends and one at Finger Lakes with Cheap Talk.

Winter Garden, who defeated older rivals and won her third stakes of the season in the Fashion, is slated to wind up her campaign in the Grade 3, $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong stakes race for fillies and mares here Nov. 16.

"We think she's a great filly, and she proved it again," said Tiller.

Brass in Pocket, a 4-year-old filly who has won four stakes this season for Tiller and DiGiulio, is aiming for a repeat victory in the Nov. 19 Classy 'n Smart, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

In the meantime, Tiller is looking forward to Saturday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds in which he will saddle Twisted Wit for owner Rolph Davis.

Twisted Wit was undefeated in his first three starts, including the six-furlong Vandal and seven-furlong Simcoe, but he finished fourth in the Grade 2 Grey at 1 1/16 miles.

"We've got a very good horse; it's just the distance factor," said Tiller, who sent out Twisted Wit for a work last Friday. He went five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.

"He worked awesome the other day, and he's in great shape," Tiller said. "I expect a big race from him."

It wasn't the BC, but he'll take it

Trainer Reade Baker was at the Breeders' Cup as a spectator. But Baker was a big winner in absentia here Sunday as Ontheqt, a Canadian-bred 2-year-old filly whom he owns in partnership with his wife, Janis Maine, captured the $159,900 Fanfreluche under her regular rider, Jim McAleney.

"I didn't see it, but it sounded great, anyway," said Baker, as he prepared to head home from California on Tuesday morning.

The stakes win was the fourth of the year for Baker and the sixth for McAleney.