10/06/2007 12:00AM

Casse sends strong pair in Grey

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Casse will look to continue his domination of Woodbine's 2-year-old route stakes Monday when he runs Turf War and Bonanza in the Grade 3, $250,000 Grey Breeders' Cup.

Turf War won his maiden second-time out over seven furlongs on the Polytrack, earning a 73 Beyer Speed Figure for covering the distance in 1:23.60. He stalked a slow pace in the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes on Sept. 15, and won by a length with an 81 Beyer.

Turf War is a full brother to the talented 3-year-old Grasshopper. Casse said the son of Dixie Union should welcome the move to 1 1/16 miles Monday.

"Grasshopper wasn't as productive sprinting as Turf War has been," Casse pointed out. "Grasshopper was second in the Travers and the Super Derby. If history repeats itself, then Turf War should get better as he runs farther.

"We're expecting a big effort from him. I was really pleased with his work [Sept. 30]. The track wasn't all that fast. He went five-eighths in 1:02 with Legal Move, and they galloped out real strong together."

Bonanza was a well-beaten seventh when he debuted in a six-furlong maiden dash. He subsequently graduated over seven furlongs with the addition of blinkers, receiving a 70 Beyer.

"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. I would say his Ragizon number would be better than his Beyer number, because of how far he ran."

Casse is optimistic about Bonanza's chances around two turns.

"He's by Jump Start, who's by A.P. Indy," Casse said. "I don't see a lot of problems with him going long, either."

Saada, based in New York with trainer Bill Mott, is competing over a synthetic surface for the first time. When winning his maiden last out at Saratoga, Saada pressed the pace on the outside en route to a half-length win. His 6 1/2-furlong time, 1:18.20, translated into an 80 Beyer.

"He was very game," said Mott, who won the Grade 3 Summer Stakes here in September with Prussian.

Mott said he is unsure how Saada, a son of Thunder Gulch, will handle the Polytrack.

"We haven't trained him on it," Mott said. "We're just guessing. He's doing fine. He's training well. I'm very happy with him. Thunder Gulch's [offspring] tend to run on a little bit."