10/30/2001 12:00AM

Canadians drink not from Breeders' Cup


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship Day Saturday at Belmont Park will not be remembered as a banner afternoon for Woodbine participants.

But the good news is that all came out of their races in good order and will be back to race another day.

The most difficult pill to swallow was the one administered to the interests of Numerous Times, who did not even make it to the post.

Winner of the Atto Mile and a contender for the Breeders' Cup Mile, Numerous Times was scratched Friday morning after apparently injuring his right ankle in his stall.

Trainer Sid Attard has taken solace in the fact that the injury to Numerous Times is not serious.

"We X-rayed him right away," Attard said. "We scanned him Monday, and he's absolutely 100 percent. There's no chip in the ankle."

Numerous Times returned to Woodbine Sunday and has been walking the shed row. The horse hadn't lost much in the way of training and could be ready to run in about three weeks, Attard said. An out-of-town turf race is a possibility.

Even if he runs no more this year, Numerous Times will be a leading contender in the Sovereign Award voting for Horse of the Year and turf male.

Quiet Resolve and Lodge Hill could have made serious inroads in the turf category with big performances in the BC Turf, but they failed to do so. Quiet Resolve ran 10th and Lodge Hill eighth in the field of 11.

"It was too fast a pace, and he was up there battling away," said Mark Frostad, who trains Quiet Resolve for Sam-Son Farm.

Quiet Resolve, Canada's reigning horse of the year and turf champ, scored his lone win this year here in the Grade 2 King Edward. But he also was defeated by only a head as the third-place finisher in the Atto Mile. The 6-year-old gelding went from New York to Sam-Son Farm in Ocala.

"He'll be back next year," said Frostad, adding that Quiet Resolve could return at the Keeneland spring meet. "He'll be in good order."

Lodge Hill was back at Woodbine Sunday with his trainer, Phil England.

"We were hoping for a slow track," said England, pointing out that the Turf was run in course-record time. "But he ran his race; he didn't disgrace anyone."

While it's far from a done deal, Lodge Hill could be headed for the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase, a 1 1/2-mile race at Sha Tin Racecourse Dec. 16.

"They've asked us to nominate, and we would seriously look at it," England said.

Trainer Roger Attfield also had been hoping for off going, and he looks back realistically at the performance of his runner, A Fleets Dancer, who returned home Sunday after finishing 11th of 13 in the BC Classic.

"He got slammed pretty good coming out of the gate, and he only got beat about 11 lengths," Attfield said.

"I probably thought he might have fired a bit stronger in there, but when you're running against that caliber of horses they're also kicking in down the lane."

A Fleets Dancer, a candidate for the Sovereign Award as top older male, probably will make his next appearance here closing day, Dec. 2, in the Valedictory Handicap. It's a 1 3/4-mile race that A Fleets Dancer won emphatically last year.

His performance in the Valedictory would not enter into the Sovereign vote, because ballots are due to be completed by Nov. 26.

Jealous Forum, who was one of the leaders of her division here for trainer Mark Casse but finished eighth of nine in the Juvenile Fillies, has no immediate races targeted. She has been sent to owner Harry T. Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm in Florida.

Fourth for Mr. Epperson

Mr. Epperson, another Woodbine invader at Belmont Saturday, finished fourth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, in the Sport Page Handicap on the Championships card.

"I think he ran good," said Scott Fairlie, trainer and part-owner of Mr. Epperson. "It was a totally different surface than what he's used to. It's a deep, sandy track."

Mr. Epperson, a candidate for Sovereign Award sprinter honors, could wrap up his year in the six-furlong Kennedy Road here Dec. 1.

Ginger Gold's season ends

Ginger Gold, a triple stakes winner and the leading candidate for the Canadian 2-year-old filly championship, will not run again this season, trainer Sid Attard said.

"We sent her home," he said. "We're going to save her for next year. She's been winning easily, but she's been running hard too."

Golden Corona seeks four in a row

Golden Corona goes after her fourth straight win in Thursday's feature, an $80,000 optional claimer on the grass for fillies and mares.

Golden Corona, a turf specialist owned by Stronach Stable, hasn't lost since she crossed the wire second behind future stakes winner Sweetest Thing in a June 7 maiden race. She graduated in a one-mile maiden special Aug. 4, then beat her elders two weeks later going about 1 1/8 miles in a preliminary allowance.

Golden Corona tripled up against fellow 3-year-olds in a Sept. 12 classified allowance, earning an 84 Beyer Figure while covering about 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.60. She has worked several times in the interim for trainer Malcolm Pierce, who has won more than his share of turf races at this stand.

Robert Landry retains the mount on Golden Corona.

Completing the field for the 1 1/16-mile race are Lewinsky, Byzantine, My Real Quiet Lady, Cia, Cascada Alta, Miss Benny, Signs of Glory, Ivory Angel, Rosa de Abril, Deadly Vices, and Luvgetsmeeverytime.

Extend and Foxy Connection are entered for the main track only.

Late-running Byzantine is winless in seven 2001 races, but merits serious consideration because of the company she's been keeping.

A 5-year-old with $178,115 in the bank, Byzantine finished fourth in the Sept. 1 Flaming Page Handicap and was third behind stakes winners Except for Wanda and Heliotrope in her most recent turf start in allowance company. Bruce Pollock trains.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink