10/07/2007 11:00PM

Casse opts for Bonanza in sprint

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bonanza was scratched from Monday's Grade 3 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes at 1 1/16 miles in favor of Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a seven-furlong allowance for 2-year-olds.

Bonanza, who is owned by trainer Mark Casse and breeder Marilyn Seltzer, was a distant seventh when he debuted in a Sept. 2 maiden special.

With the addition of blinkers Sept. 21, Bonanza graduated going seven furlongs with a four-wide bid. His time of 1:24.40 translated into a Beyer Speed Figure of 74.

"I was really disappointed with Bonanza in his first start," Casse said. "He jumped up and down, and didn't do a whole lot. He was pretty impressive in his second start. He circled horses around the turn, and rallied."

Patrick Husbands inherits the mount on Bonanza from Jim McAleney, who is riding Notgivinmyloveaway for trainer Reade Baker.

In his only start, a five-furlong maiden dash on Sept. 14, Notgivinmyloveaway dueled along the rail with two others en route to a gutsy tally. His quick clocking of 57.60 seconds earned him a Beyer Figure of 68.

Other possibilities include Shilla, Soca Tempo, Rumbling Cloud, and Energy Center.

Shilla, the lone filly in an eight-horse field, came from far back for third when she debuted in a key Aug. 16 event. The winner, Dawn Raid, subsequently beat males in a first-level allowance, and the second- and fourth-place finishers both came back to graduate in maiden special company.

In her latest on the grass, Shilla overcame traffic problems early in the stretch before posting a neck-victory as the favorite. The sixth and seventh runners from that race both won their next outing.

Soca Tempo closed from off slow fractions to end up third behind Turf War and Storm Code in the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes on Sept. 15.

Rumbling Cloud is debuting off a $50,000 claim by trainer Sid Attard, who has done wonders with claimed runners over the years.

Rumbling Cloud was stopped cold at the three-eighths pole before rallying for a win over $50,000 maidens Sept. 2. He lost his last start by a head, after contesting a lively pace.

Energy Center has been idle since his runner-up finish against $50,000 opposition Aug. 25. He has only worked twice since.