10/20/2008 11:00PM

Cawaja Beach's season ends early


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Cawaja Beach, one of the top 2-year-old fillies on the grounds this year with four wins in as many starts, will not see action again this season.

"It's very disappointing," said trainer Scott Fairlie, who also is a co-owner and co-breeder of Cawaja Beach. "She just came up with a little bit of filling in a tendon. That was very heart-wrenching, that was.

"She's going to be fine, but we'll give her the rest of the year off."

Cawaja Beach debuted with a win over 4 1/2 furlongs in an Ontario-sired maiden race here June 14 and then doubled up when traveling 5 1/2 furlongs in the July 13 Shady Well for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

Her subsequent scores both came in six-furlong Ontario-sired stakes, the Aug. 3 Nandi and the Oct. 1 Victorian Queen.

But while it may be difficult to embellish a perfect record, the manner in which Cawaja Beach's victories were accomplished adds to her luster.

"She's did everything she was asked to do, and she wasn't asked to do much," said Daniel David, who was aboard for each of Cawaja Beach's scores.

Fairlie points to Cawaja Beach's Victorian Queen performance as a example of an effort that went beyond the past performance lines.

Trailing the field of seven early, Cawaja Beach launched a wide rally around the final turn and was up in plenty of time to score by a going-away 1 1/4 lengths.

"She was making her move from the turn and she spooked from something," Fairlie said. "She was wide already and she leaped out another lane but kept coming.

"It shows how athletic she is, being able to do that in full run. But I think that's when she may have hurt herself."

Fairlie had been planning to try Cawaja Beach in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here Nov. 1.

"Going two turns wasn't going to be an issue," Fairlie said. "Those were the races I was really looking forward to."

Flying Brigade has the look

The Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race here Sunday, also will offer a purse of $250,000 to Canadian-bred 2-year-olds and should be headed by Utterly Cool, who suffered his first defeat when fourth as the favorite in the Summer.

Utterly Cool will not have to contend with the first three finishers in the Summer, as Grand Adventure, Skipadate, and Star of David all are entered in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

There will, however, be a host of up-and-comers in the Cup and Saucer, and one who could make his presence felt is Flying Brigade, who is coming off an impressive maiden win over seven furlongs of Polytrack here Sept. 21.

"We always thought this would be the type of race we would want him to go in," said Alec Fehr, who trains Flying Brigade for Richard Hogan's Ballylynch Stable

"He has the look of a turf horse."

Flying Brigade finished an even fifth when encountering trouble in his five-furlong debut and followed up with a sixth-place finish in the Simcoe, a seven-furlong yearling sales stakes.

But when blinkers were added for Flying Brigade's next and most recent start, the colt never looked back when scoring by 1 1/2 lengths under jockey Jono Jones.

"It was important to get him to focus," Fehr said. "He'd shown tremendous ability in his works but he was a little unfocused in his races, with horses all around him.

"I'm not sure how much he learned in his last race. He broke well, took the lead, and never saw any other horses during the running. But he's been relaxing well, even with the blinkers. He's not the type of horse who needs to be on the lead."

Flying Brigade had his final major prep for the Cup and Saucer on the Polytrack here last Sunday, going five furlongs in 1:01.60, but had recorded two solid works over the turf training course prior to that.

Lauro prepares for Sky Classic

Lauro, a candidate for Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Sky Classic, was sent out to work five furlongs on the turf here Wednesday morning.

With the dogs way out in the course and facing a strong crosswind, Lauro did not make time under exercise rider Marketa Cernocka.

That move still should serve as useful exercise for Lauro, who ended just 5 1/2 lengths back as the seventh-place finisher when making his first start in more than 18 months in the Oct. 4 Canadian International.

Trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler, Lauro stayed here with Cernocka to prepare for the Sky Classic, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up that is expected to attract a short but competitive field.

Breeders' Cup advance wagering

The Woodbine Entertainment Group will offer advance wagering on both Saturday's Breeders' Cup card from Santa Anita and the live card here at Woodbine beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.

The advance wagering will be available at Woodbine, Greenwood, Mohawk, and the Champions teletheatres and through HorsePlayer Interactive's telephone account and online services.

There will be no advance betting on Friday's Breeders' Cup races, as it will not be offered by Santa Anita.

Pick-three, pick-four, and pick-six pools on the Saturday programs will not be available until after the completion of Friday's Woodbine card.

The Breeders' Cup pick six will be a minimum $2 wager.