Updated on 09/15/2011 1:27PM

Elektraline giving extra distance another try


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Elektraline, owned by Richard Englander, has checked in from Maryland for Sunday's Grade 3 Bessarabian, a $125,000 handicap for fillies and mares.

Mike Wright Jr., who currently trains a half-dozen horses for Englander here, will be saddling Elektraline for the first time when she tackles the locals over seven furlongs.

A Florida-bred 5-year-old, Elektraline was claimed for $45,000 in March 2000 and has gone on to win four stakes for Englander, including three this year under trainer Scott Lake.

Elektraline's stumbling block here could be the seven-furlong distance, at which she has recorded just a third-place finish from three attempts in her 35-start career. Eight of her nine wins have come over six furlongs, with the other over 6 1/2 furlongs.

Poetically, also pointing for the Bessarabian, breezed four furlongs in 48.60 seconds here Wednesday under regular rider David Clark.

"She worked very nicely," said trainer Roger Attfield, who trains Poetically for the Kinghaven Farm of David Willmot.

Poetically, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly last year, suffered from a blood disorder early this season and did not rediscover her winning form until her seventh and last start, taking the seven-furlong Jammed Lovely over fellow 3-year-old fillies.

Attfield also plans to be represented in two stakes here next week, with Classic Ingrid slated for Wednesday's $100,000 Classy 'n Smart and both Galadriel and Winning Chance headed for Sunday's $135,000 Ontario Lassie.

Both races go at 1 1/16 miles, with the Classy 'n Smart for Ontario-sired fillies and mares and the Ontario Lassie for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Classic Ingrid, a 3-year-old owned by Stan Stefanski, was sent to Attfield this summer and made her first five appearances here on turf, winning her maiden race over seven furlongs and later placing second via a disqualification in the one-mile La Prevoyante.

But in her last start, her first over Woodbine's main track, Classic Ingrid finished seventh of eighth in a first-level allowance over seven furlongs.

Classic Ingrid also breezed four furlongs Wednesday, going in 48.40 seconds under assistant trainer Rachel Halden.

Owned by Kinghaven Farm, Galadriel became a stakes winner last time out in the South Ocean, a race for Ontario-sired fillies. That victory was her first in four starts and came at the Lassie's 1 1/16-mile distance.

Galadriel breezed four furlongs in 49.80 seconds Wednesday morning with her regular rider Clark in the irons.

Winning Chance, owned by Stronach Stable, won her maiden over seven furlongs here Oct. 12 and then finished third in an entry-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles two weeks later.

Three other Attfield trainees won't go

Roger Attfield also trains Lassie nominees Alpha Heat, Maud Gonne and Happy to Be Home but none of the trio will see action in that race.

Alpha Heat, also owned by Stronach Stable, had been nominated to last Sunday's Glorious Song but the trainer opted for a seven-furlong allowance race here the previous day and Alpha Heat finished eighth in a field of nine.

"She hurt herself," said Attfield, noting Alpha Heat had suffered a fractured tibia but should be back in action next year.

Maud Gonne, owned by Mike Ryan, also is on the shelf, with an undiagnosed injury.

"We think she pulled a muscle up high," said Attfield, who sent out Maud Gonne to win over seven furlongs at first asking but then watched her finish last of six at 1 1/16 miles.

Happy to Be Home, owned by Bill Graham, ended a well-beaten sixth in both the Mazarine and Princess Elizabeth, both over 1 1/16 miles and the top local races for the division. She then finished fourth, 4 1/2 lengths behind Winning Chance, in the Oct. 26 allowance.

Sir Barton next for Highland Legacy

Highland Legacy, Canada's 2-year-old champion male last year, worked a mile in 1:41.60 Wednesday and is slated to return from a troubled early-season campaign in the $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes here Nov. 24.

"He's right on schedule now for the Sir Barton," said Steve Owens, who trains Highland Legacy for the Empress Stable of his wife, Beverly, and mother-in-law, Mildred Lewis.

With jockey Na Somsanith subbing for an ailing Gary Boulanger, Highland Legacy went in company with Classic Manner, who also was clocked in 1:41.60 and is nominated to the Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Classic Manner, owned by Briar Hill Farm and Barlee Farm and trained by Wray Lawrence, won his maiden over seven furlongs in his debut here Oct. 28.

The Sir Barton attracted just nine nominees, headed by Devil Valentine, who romped in the seven-furlong Deputy Minister for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds last time out.

Devil Valentine, owned by Sandra and Gerry Gibbs and trained by Fenton Platts, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 Tuesday.

Melnyk entry tough to overlook

The entry of Mellowes and Stroud Bay should be well-backed here in Friday's seventh race, a 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight event for 3-and 4-year-olds.

Mellowes, by the late Unbridled, was unraced last year at 2 and was slow to come around this season. He was a narrowly beaten third in his third start on turf in July, but failed to hit the board in his next two outings.

Last time, in a 1 1/2-mile event taken off the grass, Mellowes vied up front through slow fractions and gave way grudgingly in the final furlong to finish second in his first try with Richard Dos Ramos aboard.

Trainer Phil England will give Dos Ramos a leg up on Mellowes again Friday.

Stroud Bay, like Mellowes owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk, is trained by Darren Glennon.

Stroud Bay placed in restricted stakes twice at 2, including a runner-up placing behind Highland Legacy in the Simcoe. He was off for the entire winter and most of the spring and finished sixth when he returned to action June 6.

In his only subsequent outing, on Oct. 28, Stroud Bay finished a close-up fourth in his first attempt with Lasix.

Gary Boulanger will ride Stroud Bay, a half-brother to stakes winners Great Defender and Prince of Style.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink