10/25/2005 11:00PM

Debut winner back in Fanfreluche

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Colorful Judgement will run for Sam-Son Farm and Mark Frostad in the Chief Bearhart.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The eyes of the racing world may be on the Breeders' Cup at Belmont this Saturday, but there will be plenty of live action here at Woodbine, with an 11-race card headed by the $166,050 Fanfreluche and $109,000 Chief Bearhart stakes.

The Fanfreluche, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies, attracted a field of nine, and one of the leading contenders is Gumboots, a homebred who races for Eaton Hall Farm and is trained by Josie Carroll. Gumboots has seen action just once, winning her maiden over six furlongs here Aug. 27.

"That's almost a two-month span, and she's had nowhere to run," said Carroll. "There were no nonwinners-of-two in the condition book for her."

Gumboots was eligible for last Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here, but Carroll said Gumboots wasn't ready to go 1 1/16 miles.

Despite the time off, Carroll said she is optimistic about Gumboots's chances in the Fanfreluche.

"I thought she ran a really big race at first asking," said Carroll. "I think there's a lot of promise there."

Carroll trained two members of Gumboots's family who also competed in the Fanfreluche: Celmis, the dam of Gumboots, and Buffalo Jump, another of Celmis's offspring. Buffalo Jump finished second by a half-length in 2002.

"She's so typical of her family," said Carroll of Gumboots. "She's just a really good-feeling filly, just a playful, happy horse."

The Chief Bearhart, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be an appropriate supporting feature Saturday.

Owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, Chief Bearhart competed in three consecutive editions of the Breeders' Cup Turf, winning at Hollywood Park in his second try in 1997. Chief Bearhart was North America's champion grass horse in 1997 and Canada's horse of the year in 1997 and 1998. He concluded his career with a fourth-place finish in the Japan Cup in 1998, bringing his career earnings to $3,381,557, and now enjoys a successful career at stud in Japan.

It is fair to say there are no Chief Bearharts in Saturday's Chief Bearhart, but Sam-Son Farm and Frostad will be looking to bring home the trophy with Colorful Judgement, who will face eight rivals.

The live card here Saturday will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the last race slated for 5:07 p.m.

Advance wagering will be available at 3 p.m. Friday on Saturday's cards at Woodbine and Belmont.

Wagering into Belmont pools begins

Canadian horseplayers began wagering directly into Belmont's pools Wednesday and will be able to participate in the worldwide Breeders' Cup pools for the first time.

Those wagers will include the Ultra Pick 6, which offers a guaranteed pool of $3 million. The minimum Pick 6 wager in Canada on New York races is $3

The first race at Belmont, the Sport Page Handicap, goes at 12 p.m. The last of 11 races, the Breeders' Cup Classic, is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

Another Berringer duo in Bunty Lawless

Trainer Peter Berringer has been well represented in recent runnings of the Bunty Lawless Stakes, sending out a pair of entrants for each of the last three renewals.

Berringer said he plans to continue that tradition here in Sunday's $125,000 Bunty Lawless, with All Star Lover and Bobby E. Lee both on target for the race. The Bunty Lawless is run at a mile on turf for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

All Star Lover, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Daniel Smucker, will be making his fourth straight appearance in the Bunty Lawless, with his best result a second-place finish over good going in 2003. All Star Lover finish fifth over yielding going in last year's Bunty Lawless and 11th over a soft course in 2002.

"He doesn't like soft turf much," said Berringer. "But this is the only Ontario-sired turf race for him. He probably prefers seven furlongs, but he'll stick the mile. He's run with some pretty tough horses this year."

Bobby E. Lee, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Aurora Meadows, will be making his stakes debut in the Bunty Lawless. Although he did not win his maiden until his 13th career start, at Fort Erie over one mile on turf here July 27, Bobby E. Lee has posted back-to-back allowance victories here in Ontario-sired company.

"It just took him a long time to mature," said Berringer, noting that Bobby E. Lee was a particularly big individual, standing above 17 hands.

In his last start, an open first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles here Oct. 2, Bobby E. Lee faltered to finish seventh.

"Nothing went his way," said Berringer. "He was pinned down on the rail. That's the first bad race he's run all year.

"I think he prefers turf, and he wouldn't mind any type of going."

European shippers heading back home

The temporary quarantine barn was expected to be empty Thursday morning, with Electrocutionist and Simonas, the last remaining members of the European contingent for last Sunday's Canadian International and E.P. Taylor Stakes, slated to leave late Wednesday night for Germany.

Grey Swallow and Yeats, who had joined Electrocutionist and Simonas in the Canadian International, also are returning to England, via Chicago.

Punctilious, who finished 10th of 12 as the E.P. Taylor favorite, was on her way to Belmont by van Wednesday and then will head home to England.

Iota, eighth in the Taylor as the lone 3-year-old filly, has gone to Kentucky to be bred to Giant's Causeway and will go home to foal in Germany.

* Woodbine's Dan Loiselle will be at Belmont on Friday as a participant in the all-star announcers program. Ken Middleton, who recently took over as the Standardbred announcer here, will fill in for Loiselle on Friday and Saturday.