09/23/2009 12:00AM

Careless Jewel awaits Cotillion

Adam Coglianese
Careless Jewel, winning the Alabama, will skip Saturday's Selene.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - When the entries closed here at Woodbine on Wednesday, Careless Jewel's name was noticeably absent from the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene Stakes.

Careless Jewel, trained by Josie Carroll, had been nominated to both the Selene and next Saturday's Grade 2, $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles.

"She's likely to go to Philadelphia, but we're not positive," said Carroll, after acknowledging that Careless Jewel would not be running here in Saturday's Selene. "We're still deciding which direction we're going with her."

Careless Jewel, winner of Saratoga's Grade 1, 1 1/4-mile Alabama and the Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile Delaware Oaks in her last two starts, would have been the marquee performer in the Selene.

But while her absence may be disappointing in some respects, it is nothing but good news for the six 3-year-old fillies who did enter the Selene.

Milwaukee Appeal, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and second in the Alabama, and Hooh Why, winner of Keeneland's Grade 1, 1 1/16-mile Ashland and 2-for-3 in stakes on Polytrack at that distance here, are a formidable pair of competitors in their own rights.

Also meriting respect is Carem Crescent, who suffered her first defeat when she was second to the streaking Lady Shakespeare in the Ontario Colleen over one mile of turf last time out.

"I think that Lady Shakespeare is a pretty darn nice filly," said trainer Malcolm Pierce.

Carem Crescent was making her first start on turf in the Aug. 30 Ontario Colleen after debuting with a win at six furlongs here June 6 and going on to run her streak to three with a smart score in the seven-furlong Duchess.

"This will be something new for her again. She's never been two turns," said Pierce. "But she's had enough time since her last race, and she's doing good."

All remaining well, Pierce would like to see Carem Crescent close out her campaign in the Grade 2, $300,000 Raven Run, a seven-furlong race at Keeneland on Oct. 24.

"That would get her halfway to Ocala," said Pierce. "She wouldn't come back here. She'd go on down for a little holiday."

Deeveetee takes aim at Carotene

Deeveetee, a front-running winner of the 1 1/16-mile Selene prep in her first start for trainer Mike DePaulo, will be bypassing the main event to point for the $150,000 Carotene here Oct. 4.

The Carotene, which is restricted to 3-year-old fillies foaled in Ontario, is a 1 1/8-mile turf race.

Deeveetee was trying two turns on the main track for the first time in the $95,820 Selene prep.

"We really did not expect that result," said Josie DePaulo, wife and assistant to Mike DePaulo. "But, she's doing great. She's been very relaxed since she came here. She's come a long way."

Musketier targets International

Musketier, who was a late scratch from last Sunday's Grade 1, $750,000 Northern Dancer, was scheduled to breeze on Thursday and now will train up to the Oct. 17 Canadian International.

"He was bucking and squealing and playing Sunday morning, and must have just given himself a tap," said trainer Roger Attfield. "It wasn't anything serious, but I couldn't run him. He was fine the next day."

Spice Route, who also has had the Canadian International as a long-term target, breezed four furlongs in 48.80 seconds on the training track turf course here Wednesday morning.

"He's coming along all right, but I'm not sure if I'm going to get there with him," said Attfield, who had sent out Spice Route to finish second in last year's Grade 1, $2 million Canadian International over 1 1/2 miles of turf.

Spice Route last saw action in the Grade 2 Nijinsky here July 26 and had to be given a break after emerging muscle-sore from that 1 1/4-mile race over yielding turf.

Local trio headed to Kentucky Cup

Three Woodbine-based runners will be at Turfway Park on Saturday for the Kentucky Cup card.

Sligovitz, trained by Attfield, has been entered in the Grade 2, $200,000 Kentucky Cup Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.

El Brujo, trained by Malcolm Pierce, and Heart of a King, who is a member of trainer Michael Pino's Woodbine division, will go in the Grade 3, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds. Garrett Gomez has picked up the mount on El Brujo.

Larry Attard back with small stable

Larry Attard, whose riding accomplishments earned him a spot in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, is back for a second go-round in the training end of the game.

Attard, 56, trained on a small scale from 2000 through 2002 and compiled a record of 16-14-10 from 100 starts. He has spent the interim years working here with his brother, trainer Sid Attard.

Larry Attard will have his first starter since regaining his trainer's license when he sends out Rumbling Cloud for his wife, Veronica, in Friday's fifth race.

HBPA board begins its term

The new board of directors of the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will assume their responsibilities at the conclusion of Sunday's annual general meeting here in the Munnings Room.

Conrad Cohen, Bill Diamant, Stanley Fishman, Lynne Hindmarsh, Sam Lima, and Larry Regan return as the owner representatives.

Roger Attfield and Mark Casse, both of whom are new to the HBPA board, are the trainer representatives along with Nick Gonzalez, Sue Leslie, and Danny Vella.

All members were elected for a three-year term.