08/10/2006 11:00PM

Fehr seeks to reap fast dividends

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Colorful Judgement (right), claimed for $60,000 by Alec Fehr, will run in the $75,000 With Approval.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Alec Fehr has been keeping a fairly low profile since returning to life as a public trainer at Woodbine this spring.

But Fehr, who trained champion turf filly Chopinina and the talented Nymphenburg during his four-year tenure as private trainer for Knob Hill Stable, will be looking to make a splash here Sunday when he sends out Colorful Judgement in the $75,000 With Approval.

The With Approval, an overnight stakes for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and upward over 1 1/8 miles on turf, attracted a field of nine.

Colorful Judgement will be making his first start for Fehr and owners Domenic DiLalla, George Zimakis, and Mario Formica after being claimed for $60,000 here July 9.

A 6-year-old gelding who was owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm, Colorful Judgement was making his 21st career start and running for a claiming price for the first time when he was claimed. He finished third that day, beaten a length.

Colorful Judgement was competitive with the best older grass horses here in his heyday, winning the Grade 2 Sky Classic over 1 3/8 miles in October 2004, but has failed to finish better than third in 10 subsequent outings.

"He'd been a pretty consistent horse, and I thought I didn't really need to run him back in graded stakes and such," said Fehr, explaining his decision to put Colorful Judgement in claimers.

"What I really wanted to do was to run him for $80,000 here Wednesday, but that race might be just as tough as the With Approval and it might not go."

The With Approval, in fact, has come up rather on the soft side, and Colorful Judgement will be among the choices.

"He was a little on the thin side when I got him, but we found a feed he really likes," said Fehr. "He's put on quite a bit of weight.

"He was pretty mechanical, too. He was training like a robot. But, I think we've got him where we want him. It appears to me he's happy; I think we're on the right track with him."

Sales stakes next for Attard's 3-year-olds

Ascot Bill and Sweet Breanna, both trained by Steve Attard, each competed in all three legs of their respective series for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds but closed out on disappointing notes.

Ascot Bill, who had finished fourth here in the Queen's Plate and sixth in Fort Erie's Prince of Wales, ran an odd race while ending eighth of 10 in the Breeders'.

Unexpectedly prominent early, Ascot Bill retreated to a point where it seemed he would not even finish but then came on to end just 8 3/4 lengths behind the winner.

"He flipped his palate," said Attard, adding that Ascot Bill would undergo minor surgery to correct the problem.

Ascot Bill could return in the Halton, a 1 1/8-mile turf race, or the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and upward. Both the Halton and Elgin are among the six $125,000 yearling sales stakes that will be run here Sept. 4.

Sweet Breanna, who had finished second to Kimchi in both the Woodbine Oaks and Fort Erie's Bison City, was sixth of 12 in the Wonder Where, the third leg of the triple tiara.

"She never ran her race at all," said Attard. "I thought she'd like the deep turf; maybe she didn't."

Sweet Breanna is being pointed for the Algoma, the 1 1/16-mile yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares.

Kissed by a Prince retired

Kissed by a Prince, a 6-year-old who was beaten just a head by multiple Canadian filly and mare champion One for Rose in last year's Algoma, has been retired.

Owned by Heather Landymore and trained by Mike DePaulo, Kissed by a Prince saw action just once this year, finishing second in a classified allowance race at Fort Erie on May 20.

"She started back training, but she's had ankle trouble off and on and she wasn't able to overcome it," said DePaulo.

Kissed by a Prince, a broodmare prospect, is winding down at Woodlands, the nearby farm owned by Gail Wood.

In 22 career starts, Kissed by a Prince won seven races and finished in the money 13 times while banking $436,378. She won three stakes, all at 1 1/16 miles.

Moka Jumbie fatally injured

Moka Jumbie, a promising 3-year-old gelding owned by David Kertland and trained by Joe Walls, had to be euthanized recently after a freak accident here.

Moka Jumbie was grazing just outside the Walls barn when he was spooked by a passing vehicle and lunged and fell.

"He shattered his hip," said Walls. "What a loss. Before the year was out, he was going to be a serious grass horse."

Moka Jumbie, a Kentucky-bred, placed in two turf stakes here this summer, finishing third in the one-mile Charlie Barley and second in the 1 1/8- mile Toronto Cup.

Handicapping contest still has openings

The entry box remains open for Woodbine's 2006 Thoroughbred Handicapping Challenge, which will be held here on the weekend of Aug. 26- 27.

The field will be limited to 275, with the entry fee set at $250. If fully subscribed, then the contest will offer a first prize of $28,687.

In addition, the top three finishers will earn berths in the 2007 Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

Entry forms and rules are available at Woodbine's customer service desk and at woodbineentertainment.com.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will meet here at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday in the third-floor Champions lounge.