11/16/2009 12:00AM

Carem Crescent catches up to her classmates

Michael Burns
The 3-year-old filly Carem Crescent has won 4 of 6 starts and earned more than $350,000.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Carem Crescent capped off her first campaign on a high note here at Woodbine last Sunday, capturing the $151,200 Jammed Lovely with odds-on favorite Milwaukee Appeal a neck back in second.

Owned and bred by Eugene Melnyk and conditioned by Malcolm Pierce, Carem Crescent was recording her second stakes score and fourth dwin from six starts while bringing her bankroll to $352,720.

Eurico Rosa da Silva, her regular rider, was aboard in the seven-furlong Jammed Lovely for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

"I was really impressed," said Pierce, who watched the Jammed Lovely from the track kitchen at Fair Grounds, which is his winter base. "That's a pretty good feather in Carem Crescent's cap, to beat a filly like Milwaukee Appeal."

Pierce noted that Carem Crescent had not made her first start until June 6, winning a six-furlong maiden race one day before Milwaukee Appeal took the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

"I was a little behind the eight-ball with her," said Pierce. "She's come a long way."

Carem Crescent was slated to leave Tuesday for Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm in Florida, where she is scheduled to have a break before possibly joining Pierce in New Orleans to gear up for the 2010 Woodbine meeting.

Milwaukee Appeal still had great season

Milwaukee Appeal, making her first appearance in seven weeks and shortening up following a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Selene at 1 1/16 miles, lost little luster in defeat here Sunday.

"I just think she ran out of ground - three more jumps, she wins," said Scott Fairlie, who trains Milwaukee Appeal. "The first quarter was slow, and that didn't help us. They outfooted her a little bit on the turn, when the pace quickened."

Winding up her season as the leading candidate for the Sovereign Award in her division, Milwaukee Appeal won the six-furlong Star Shoot here prior to her Woodbine Oaks romp. She also finished second in both Saratoga's Grade 1 Alabama and Fort Erie's Prince of Wales and was a close third here in the Queen's Plate.

Milwaukee Appeal, who earned $862,000 in her all-stakes eight-start campaign, will winter on the Florida farm of Bobby Wingo, where she began preparing for her racing career.

"We'll start her up, bring her back in March, and go from there," said Fairlie.

Numbers favor Attfield in stakes race

Carem Crescent was the 13th stakes winner of the meeting for Pierce, who trails Roger Attfield by one in that category.

Pierce will fire his final stakes bullet of the meeting here Saturday with El Brujo, who is coming off back-to-back Grade 3 stakes wins in Kentucky, set to face older rivals for the first time in the $150,000 Kennedy Road at six furlongs.

Attfield is pointing Hello Maggie May for Sunday's $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Two weeks from Wednesday, Attfield plans to field a potent pair in Sand Cove and Society's Chairman for the $125,000 Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired runners.

Palladio's future uncertain

Attfield maintained his slim stakes lead on Pierce after sending out Palladio to upset last Saturday's Grade 2, $155,425 Autumn at 1 1/16 miles.

The senior member of the field at age 7, Palladio launched a strong bid around the final turn and drove to a two-length victory under jockey Richard Dos Ramos, who has ridden Palladio in 26 of his 35 career starts and to eight of his nine victories.

"He has to run a certain way," said Attfield, who has guided Palladio to earnings of more than $1 million. "If he's running up close, and there's daylight in front of him, he rarely runs his race.

"When he's covered up, gets out at the quarter pole and comes with that big run, he's as good as any horse around here. With the big field on Saturday, I was very confident in him."

Palladio also won the Grade 3 Seagram at 1 1/16 miles in his first of five starts this season and is the only older male to have won two stakes races around two turns on the main track this meet.

His Autumn effort puts Palladio in the hunt for Sovereign Award honors in his division, four years after he was voted Canada's champion 3-year-old.

In the meantime, Attfield is uncertain what the immediate future holds for Palladio, pending discussions with the horse's owner and breeder, Julio Bozano, whose nom du course is Harra Santa Maria de Araras.

Three miss Autumn with minor ailments

The Autumn went with nine entrants after losing three when Ice Bear, Eye of the Leopard, and Stunning Stag were scratched due to minor setbacks.

Ice Bear, who had been the morning-line favorite, has been put away for the season and will be heading to Payson Park.

His trainer, Mac Benson, said Ice Bear became ill, possibly due to a change in his feed or bedding, and needed veterinary treatment.

Eye of the Leopard, this year's Queen's Plate winner, started coughing the day after being entered and will be headed to Sam-Son Farm for the winter.

Stunning Stag had become wound up and bled after blowing out for the Autumn here last Friday, said his trainer Sid Attard.

Blinkers work well for Cascading

Cascading gave trainer Josie Carroll her seventh stakes win of the meeting in Sunday's $158,975 Glorious Song.

The seven-furlong Glorious Song was the third start for Cascading, who had scored impressively in her 6 1/2-furlong debut but then finished fifth as the choice in the Grade 3 Mazarine at 1 1/16 miles.

"This was more what we were expecting to see last time," said Carroll, who had added blinkers to Cascading's equipment for the Glorious Song and watched the filly stalk the pace and rally smartly for a 1 1/4-length victory under jockey Patrick Husbands. "She was all over the racetrack last time. She was out in the middle of the track, and didn't pay much attention. She had blinkers on in the morning, for her last couple of works. I think they kept her a little more focused."

Carroll, who was 2 for 3 with a second-place finish here Sunday, has winter bases at both Fair Grounds and Palm Meadows and Cascading will be headed for one of those spots.