09/30/2009 11:00PM

Familiar foes rematched in Avowal


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mullins Beach and Glitter Rox, the one-two finishers in an open allowance race over six furlongs of turf here at Woodbine on Sept. 12, will renew acquaintances in Saturday's $100,000 Avowal.

The Avowal, an open overnight stakes for fillies and mares over seven furlongs of turf, has attracted a field of 13.

Mullins Beach, a 3-year-old trained by Malcolm Pierce, has made her last four starts on turf.

After winning the Ontario Damsel at 6 1/2 furlongs and finishing second in the one-mile allowance prep for the Ontario Colleen, Mullins Beach faced older fillies and mares for the first time in the seven-furlong Belle Geste. She finished second to Hello Maggie May, who ended third in the Sept. 12 allowance.

In that Sept. 12 race, Mullins Beach tracked a rapid pair of dueling front-runners before coming on for a 2 1/2-length score.

"I've got her to where she'll relax a little bit," said Pierce.

Mullins Beach breezed four furlongs in 52.00 seconds here last Saturday.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva retains the mount.

Glitter Rox also rallied Sept. 12 but was no match for the winner.

"The two up front ran so quick, and Mullins Beach sort of got first run on us," said trainer Ian Black.

Glitter Rox had breezed four furlongs in 46.60 one week prior to her last start but tuned up for the Avowal with four furlongs in 49.00 last Saturday.

"That was somewhat by design," said Black. "It isn't easy to get her to go that slow."

Gerry Olguin retains the mount on Glitter Rox.

Gallant's status for Ohio Derby uncertain

Trainer Mark Casse could be represented on two stakes fronts this Saturday, with Gallant entered in the Grade 2, $150,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown and Attitude Included set to run in the $125,000 Victorian Queen at Woodbine.

Corey Fraser was named on Gallant, who upset Woodbine Oaks winner Milwaukee Brew and Queen's Plate winner Eye of the Leopard in Fort Erie's Prince of Wales and would be getting back to the dirt following a dismal effort here on Polytrack in the Elgin.

Casse said he would decide Friday morning whether to send Gallant to Thistledown.

Fraser also is named on Attitude Included, who is back with Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies in the six-furlong Victorian Queen after finishing eighth in the seven-furlong Muskoka, a yearling sales stakes for Canadian-breds.

"I think it should be an easier spot than the last one," said Casse.

Pool Play steps up for Durham Cup

Casse also will be represented in both ends of Sunday's stakes doubleheader here with Pool Play set for the $150,000 Durham Cup and Retraceable entered in the $150,000 Carotene.

Pool Play, an Ontario-bred 4-year-old colt who was a sharp winner of a first-level allowance race over 1 1 /8 miles here last time out, will be making his stakes debut in the Durham Cup over the same distance.

"Obviously it's a big step up for him, but he's doing very well," said Casse.

Retraceable, one of the top 2-year-old fillies on the grounds last year with a victory in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth and a second-place finish in the Ontario Lassie at the same distance, will be looking to get back on track in the Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

After opening up her campaign with a third-place finish in the Alywow over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf, Retraceable finished sixth as the odds-on favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City and then ended a distant eighth in the Wonder Where over 1 1/4 miles of soft going.

"The turf was very bad that day," said Casse. "I'm hoping she'll like it a little better this time. She's training quite well."

Hollywood Hit's options

Hollywood Hit was not an unexpected winner of Wednesday night's King Corrie Stakes, in which he recorded his third straight win here as the 3-5 choice.

But the manner in which Hollywood Hit fashioned his victory was a surprise even to his trainer Terry Jordan, who had watched his 3-year-old gelding break from the No. 1 post and lead throughout while widening at every call for a 5 1/2-length romp.

Hollywood Hit's six-furlong clocking of 1:07.38 smashed the track record and his Beyer Speed Figure came back at a career-high 108.

"I thought he would run big, but that big?," said Jordan. "Nobody can say I knew he was going to do that."

Hollywood Hit's success sparked immediate talk of a run at the Breeders' Cup Sprint and even of a trip to next spring's $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen over six furlongs on the new synthetic surface.

"We had thought if the horse turned out the way he has, we had Dubai in mind," said Jordan. "We're going to investigate that.

"We're also looking right here, at the Kennedy Road, for his next start."

The Grade 3, $150,000 Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be run on Nov. 21.

Apprentice wins first race

Apprentice rider Caroline Duquet recorded the first victory of her career in the eighth and final race here Wednesday, rallying Honour Fulfilled to a $27.10 upset.

Duquet, 26, is represented by agent Mike Luider.

Three fined for whip violations

Chantal Sutherland, Todd Kabel, and Martin Ramirez each has been fined $200 in the first violations cited by the stewards under the new rulings regarded use of the whip.

Sutherland was cited for striking Little Red Chris more than three times in succession during last Saturday's 10th race while Kabel was tagged for the same offense with Jungle Wave in the Sept. 10 Woodbine Mile.

* Daily Racing Form's Dan Illman and Woodbine oddsmaker Jennifer Morrison will be at Woodbine on Sunday for a handicapping seminar beginning at 11 a.m. on the third floor of the grandstand. Copies of Illman's "Trip Handicapper" DVD will be given away to the first 150 people in attendance.