11/03/2008 12:00AM

Duggan intends to aim high


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There were two shippers for Sunday's six-furlong Ontario Fashion at Woodbine, and Miss Macy Sue, the more accomplished of the pair with 11 wins and earnings of $867,230, caught the public's eye as the 8-5 choice.

But it was Porte Bonheur, a 3-year-old filly trained by David Duggan in New York, who stole the spotlight in the $163,500 Ontario Fashion with an emphatic 1 1/2-length score under rider Channing Hill.

Porte Bonheur had displayed sharp improvement at Saratoga this past summer, winning over six furlongs in both the restricted Flanders and the Grade 3 Victory Ride, where the previously undefeated Indyanne was among her victims.

But in her last start, which came in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom over 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont, Porte Bonheur was beaten 11 1/4 lengths when finishing third in the field of four behind subsequent Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint runner-up Indian Blessing.

"The Filly and Mare Sprint would have been our obvious target, so we took a shot at the Gallant Bloom, thinking she'd run well," said Duggan. "She came out of the race with a legitimate excuse; she bruised a foot."

Duggan, whose only previous entrant at Woodbine had been sixth-place finisher Moon Dolly in the 2006 Flaming Page, hit upon the Ontario Fashion as an appropriate spot for Porte Bonheur.

"There's not a whole lot for sprinters at this time of year and this fit perfectly, timing-wise," said Duggan.

"It also gave us a chance to answer some questions about Polytrack, and the fact we know now she can run on Polytrack is huge.

"This will probably be her last race this year, and then we'll map out a campaign leading to next year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint."

The Filly and Mare Sprint will be run over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface again next year.

Retraceable may try Ontario Lassie

Retraceable had encountered traffic problems when second in the Muskoka, thrown a shoe and come back sore from a fourth-place finish in the Mazarine, and survived a close encounter with a loose wrong-way horse in a subsequent training session.

But when things finally broke her way here last Saturday, Retraceable made the most of the opportunity to record an impressive 3 1/2-length victory under her regular rider Patrick Husbands in the $250,800 Princess Elizabeth.

"She's had a lot of things go wrong," said trainer Mark Casse. "It was nice to see things go right this time."

Retraceable, a $20,000 buy at the select local yearling sale, won her first stakes while making her fourth career start in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth.

"She came out of the race good," said Casse.

All remaining well, Retraceable could wind up her campaign in the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies here Nov. 30.

"Obviously, her long-term goal would be the Woodbine Oaks," said Casse, referring to the $500,000, 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

"I think the best way for that would be to go to get a race or two into her sometime over the winter."

Casse will have outfits at Fair Grounds and Santa Anita during the off-season here, giving him plenty of options for Retraceable.

High Mist will vacation in Florida

High Mist, who was undefeated and the odds-on choice when stretching out for the first time in the Princess Elizabeth, ended a tired fifth under jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva and will not see action again this season.

"I would have liked to take the blinkers off her but I couldn't, after just winning three races in a row," said trainer Reade Baker.

"Eurico sent her out to get position and once he got her rolling, he couldn't get her stopped. It also must have been asking too much of her, bringing her back in two weeks. But she came out of the race all right, and scoped all right."

Baker, who again will be wintering at Palm Meadows, expects to have High Mist among his horses in Florida.

"I'd like to run her once down there, before I bring her back to Canada," said Baker.

Monty's Best runs well in Kentucky

Baker watched the Princess Elizabeth from Churchill Downs, where he sent out Monty's Best to finish a solid second in the Grade 3 Iroquois.

Monty's Best was making just his third start in the one-mile Iroquois, having ended second here at six furlongs and then graduated impressively at seven furlongs.

"He beat some nice horses," said Baker. "I'll turn him out in Kentucky until Dec. 1, then pick him up and take him to Palm Meadows."

Bear Now brings fair price

Bear Now, a multiple stakes winner of more than $1 million for Baker and the Bear Stable of Danny Dion, sold for $950,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale on Sunday.

The buyer was Town and Country Farm, a Florida-based outfit.

"Under the circumstances, it was an okay price," said Baker. "She would have brought a lot more last year."

Autumn contenders tune up

True Metropolitan, Palladio, and Marchfield all worked here last Sunday for what is shaping up as a competitive running of this Sunday's Autumn, a Grade 2, $150,000 race.

True Metropolitan, winner of the last two runnings of the 1 1/16-mile Autumn, breezed six furlongs in 1:12.60 while Palladio, coming off an impressive victory in the Durham Cup, worked five furlongs in 1:00.

Marchfield, runner-up in the Durham Cup, was clocked in 1:01.40 for five furlongs.

Ginger Brew sharpens for Jammed Lovely

Ginger Brew worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 here last Saturday. She is scheduled to make her first start since finishing second in the June 22 Queen's Plate in Saturday's $150,000 Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

"It was a good work over that track, and she galloped out strong," said trainer Brian Lynch.