10/13/2008 11:00PM

Cup contingent gets on the move


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Woodbine should be well represented at this year's Breeders' Cup, with seven locally based runners scheduled to make appearances at Santa Anita next Friday or Saturday.

Bear Now, a Kentucky-bred who is aiming for the Oct. 24 Ladies' Classic, and Fatal Bullet, a Florida-bred who is on target for the Oct. 25 Sprint, both trained by Reade Baker, checked into Santa Anita on Oct. 4.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva, the regular rider of both horses, flew out last Sunday to work the pair, with Bear Now getting five furlongs in 58.80 seconds and Fatal Bullet being clocked in 1:00 for the same distance.

Bear Now and Fatal Bullet, both owned by Danny Dion's Bear Stable, won their final preps at Turfway Park, with Bear Now capturing the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Cup Distaff and Fatal Bullet the six-furlong Kentucky Cup Sprint.

Sealy Hill and Skipadate, both trained by Mark Casse, checked into Keeneland last Saturday and are scheduled to fly out to California on Thursday.

Patrick Husbands will ride Sealy Hill, an Ontario-bred coming off a third-place finish here in the 1 1/4-mile E.P. Taylor Stakes. She is eyeing the Oct. 24 Filly and Mare Turf.

Skipadate, a Florida-bred, is coming off a second-place finish to Grand Adventure here in the one-mile Summer. Shaun Bridgmohan, who was aboard for Skipadate's two previous starts at Saratoga, is scheduled to ride him in the Oct. 25 Juvenile Turf.

Husbands, who rode Skipadate in the Summer, will be returning to Woodbine to partner with Seaside Retreat in the same day's Grade 3, $250,000 Sky Classic.

C. Karma, who earned a guaranteed spot in the Oct. 24 Juvenile Fillies Turf with her victory here in the one-mile Natalma, vanned out to Louisville on Monday evening and was on a flight to Los Angeles early Tuesday afternoon.

Greg De Gannes trains C. Karma, a Florida-bred. Her Breeders' Cup rider has not been confirmed.

Van Lear Rose, winner of the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine in her last start, is scheduled to van to Louisville on Saturday and be flown to California on Sunday with an eye toward the Oct. 24 Juvenile Fillies.

Bred in Ontario by her owner, Richard Day, Van Lear Rose is trained by Catherine Day Phillips and will retain the services of her regular rider, Chantal Sutherland, who has moved her tack to California.

Grand Adventure, a Kentucky-bred who earned a guaranteed starting position in the Juvenile Turf by winning the Summer, is scheduled to van to Kentucky next Tuesday and fly on to Los Angeles the following day.

Trainer Mark Frostad is looking for a California-based rider for Grand Adventure.

Woodbine also will have one expatriate representative in Mine That Bird, a Kentucky-bred who will start in the Oct. 25 Juvenile.

A winner of three straight stakes here for trainer and co-owner Dave Cotey, Mine That Bird was sold privately last weekend. Cotey said Mine That Bird was going to trainer Richard Mandella in California and then will head for New Mexico and trainer Bennie Woolley Jr.

Rahy's Attorney headed to Japan

Rahy's Attorney, who became Woodbine's first Win and You're In BC qualifier when he captured the Woodbine Mile, has accepted an invitation from the Japan Racing Association and is scheduled to make his next start in the $2 million Mile Championship at the right-handed Kyoto Racecourse on Nov. 23.

"I can't see any good reason not to go," said Ian Black, who trains Rahy's Attorney for Joe and Ellen MacLellan and partners. "He's in good order and, for all of us involved, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Rahy's Attorney will be racing for a winner's share of $952,000 plus a $950,000 bonus awarded to the winner of both the Woodbine Mile and the Mile Championship.

Not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program, Rahy's Attorney would have had to be supplemented to the BC Mile at a cost of $180,000. That, and other associated costs, led the gelding's connections to opt for Keeneland's Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile on Oct. 4. Rahy's Attorney finished sixth there, beaten 3 1/4 lengths after breaking from the outside post in the field of 12.

Jockey Slade Callaghan, said Black, "had to use him a bit early to get a position, and he was in tight in the stretch."

"And, the winner had an easy lead," Black added. "I thought it was a creditable race."

Mean Green strikes again

Mean Green recorded his second consecutive stakes victory here Monday in the $126,200 Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Trainer Tony Mattine purchased Mean Green for $30,000 on behalf of Howard Walton's Norseman Racing Stable at the select yearling sale here last fall.

Sid Attard, who also trains for Walton, took Mean Green under his wing when the colt returned this March from a winter in Florida.

"He always showed he could run," said Attard, who sent out Mean Green to win an Ontario-sired maiden race at 4 1/2 furlongs in his debut on June 20.

After finishing fourth in both the open Colin and the restricted Vandal at six furlongs, Mean Green registered his first stakes win in the seven-furlong Simcoe, a yearling sales stakes here Sept. 1.

While the cutback to six furlongs was a concern to Attard, jockey Jono Jones took Bull Page by the horns and made sure Mean Green did not lose touch with Shut It Down, the front-runner who was perceived to be the main danger.

"Jono Jones was riding him all the way," said Attard. "Sometimes, they don't put out after that."

Mean Green did, although his early exertions almost took their toll as he held off a charging Wildcat Fashion by just a head.

While many Canadian-bred 2-year-olds will focus on races such as the $250,000 Cup and Saucer, at 1 1/16 miles on turf, and the $250,000 Coronation, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, Mean Green will be taking the path of less resistance.

"I'll keep him in the Ontario-sired races," said Attard, noting that the seven-furlong Frost King on Nov. 8 and the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie on Nov. 29 were on Mean Green's schedule.

Hawley on board for work

Sandy Hawley, in his final local tune-up for Saturday's Living Legends race at Santa Anita, was aboard Emma Ain't Bluffin for a five-furlong drill in 1:01.40 here Tuesday morning.

Emma Ain't Bluffin, a 4-year-old trained by Steve Owens, was prepping for Sunday's $175,000 Maple Leaf, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares in which she will be one of the leading contenders.

"I was looking for her to go in about 1:02," said Owens. "And, I wanted to help get Sandy a little leg up for the weekend."

Hawley, 59, will be leaving for California on Thursday.