09/02/2009 11:00PM

Carroll doubles her chances in Seaway


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Josie Carroll, still fending off daily questions concerning her next move with Careless Jewel, will attempt to introduce a new topic of discussion when she runs 4-year-old fillies Foxy Danseur and Authenicat in Saturday's Grade 3 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine.

Both Foxy Danseur and Authenicat will be seeking their first graded stakes score in the $150,000 Seaway, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Foxy Danseur, purchased privately in California by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, has been here with Carroll for about five weeks.

Carroll had entered Foxy Danseur in the Seaway prep but that allowance failed to fill and the Seaway will be her first outing in 12 weeks.

"She ran in California just before she came here to us," said Carroll. "I think she'll be fit enough, and that she can be competitive in here."

Foxy Danseur had finished sixth in her last outing, which came in the six-furlong Desert Stormer at Hollywood Park on June 14. She has made all but one of her 19 career appearances on synthetic surfaces and has worked well on the Polytrack here.

"She's pretty simple to train," said Carroll. "She just does everything you ask her."

Authenicat last saw action here in the Aug. 16 Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies in which she finished a close third as the odds-on favorite.

"It was neither her preferred surface nor distance, and she still made a good account of herself," said Carroll.

"She's trained extremely well. I think seven furlongs is an ideal distance for her."

Authenicat's last start over seven furlongs was a good third-place finish in the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park on July 4.

Careless Jewel's next race uncertain

Meanwhile, there is no new news as to where Careless Jewel will make her next appearance.

Careless Jewel, whose stock soared following her victory in Saratoga's Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga, still is scheduled to run in either the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene, a 1 1/16-mile race here Sept. 26, or the Grade 2, $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion, a 1 1/16-mile race at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 3.

Her ultimate objective is the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, which will be run over 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita on Nov. 6.

"We'd train her the same into both races," said Carroll. "There's really no rush to make up our minds."

Emma Ain't Bluffin retired

Emma Ain't Bluffin, one of the rags-to-riches stories of the 2008 Woodbine meeting, has been retired to the breeding shed.

A 5-year-old homebred mare, Emma Ain't Bluffin had been pointing for Monday's Algoma Stakes when she was injured during a workout last weekend.

"She tore her XYZ ligament," said Steve Owens, who trains Emma Ain't Bluffin for the Empress Stable of his wife, Beverly, and his mother-in-law, Mildred Lewis. "Thankfully it was a career-ending injury, not a catastrophic injury."

Emma Ain't Bluffin, third in last year's Algoma, was a good second in an open allowance race over a mile and 70 yards in her last start on July 24.

"The Algoma was going to be her last race, anyway," said Owens. "She'll go to to Kentucky, be bred there, and then come home to foal."

Emma Ain't Bluffin was eligible for the Algoma, which will be one of the six $125,000 yearling sales stakes here Monday, after going through the ring without meeting her reserve at the local select sale.

Headchopper aims for Elgin repeat

Owens still plans to be represented on the yearling sales stakes program with Headchopper, who became a stakes winner in last year's Elgin, seeking a repeat in that 1 1/16-mile race for colts and geldings.

The 6-year-old Headchopper followed up his Elgin success with a sixth-place finish here in the Grade 3 Durham Cup at 1 1/8 miles and a third in the Mountaineer Mile Handicap.

This year, Headchopper finished sixth in a $50,000 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles and then got the money when dropped to the $20,000 level for his next and most recent start at the same distance.

"He had his little prep - we dropped him in for a confidence builder," said Owens. "He doesn't race too often but when he does he shows up every time.

"He's coming into this third start off the layoff, which should be ideal, and he's training well into the race."

Schickedanz has pair for Algoma

A week ago Thursday, owner/ breeder Gustav Schickedanz was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

On Monday, Schickedanz will be looking for his first stakes win since celebrating that honor when his homebreds First Circle and Politelyprecocious run in the Algoma.

Mike Keogh, who trains both First Circle and Politelyprecocious, also had nominated the 3-year-old fillies to the Halton, the one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

First Circle is coming off a second-place finish in the Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

"In the [Halton] she would have been running against older horses, against the boys, around one turn," said Keogh. "The Algoma is two turns, and she's run well on the Polytrack."

First Circle, a full sister to the talented turf stakes winner Marlang, began her career here this spring with a "B" maiden win and second-place finish in an open first-level allowance over seven furlongs on the main track.

Politelyprecocious ran second last time out as the odds-on choice in a first-level "B" allowance for fillies and mares.

"She was a little disappointing," said Keogh. ""She's been real bad switching her leads, and I think that's cost her in a couple of races.

"I'm not convinced a mile a sixteenth is her best distance, but we'll take a shot."