09/22/2002 11:00PM

First of International arrivals hit town


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Canadian International proceedings are officially under way, now that Paolini and Zindabad have checked in from Europe for Sunday's Grade 1, $1.5 million turf showpiece for 3-year-olds and up.

Paolini, based in Germany with trainer Andreas Wohler, arrived late Sunday afternoon from Frankfurt along with Bianca Sieling, assistant to Wohler, Vaclav Moravec, an exercise rider, and Ingrid Hornig, a veterinarian.

Zindabad, trained in England by Mark Johnston, had arrived early Saturday evening from London along with assistant trainer Robynne Watton and groom Alison Marshall.

Both horses raced in last year's International, with Paolini finishing second and Zindabad crossed the wire third only to be disqualified and placed sixth.

Andreas Suborics will be back to ride Paolini, with Kevin Darley scheduled to give Woodbine another whirl on Zindabad.

Two more Europeans are expected for the 1 1/2-mile International, with Balllingarry slated to arrive Tuesday and Yavana's Pace due on Wednesday.

Falcon Flight, who as of Monday was the only confirmed American invader, was due in Tuesday and will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela.

Sam-Son pair work in company

Full of Wonder breezed six furlongs in 1:18.40 on a yielding E.P. Taylor turf course here Sunday in his final tune-up for the International.

Regular rider Todd Kabel was aboard Full of Wonder, who worked in company with Sam-Son Farm stablemate Sky Chariot and rider Robert Landry.

Sky Chariot, winner of the With Approval Stakes in his last start here Aug. 17, is scheduled to compete in Sunday's $100,000 Chief Bearhart, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

"It was a good breeze," said Mark Frostad, who trains the pair. "They got lots out of it, and galloped out strong."

Added Edge now 3 for 3

Added Edge remained undefeated in three starts by taking the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes rather effortlessly Sunday.

But both Barry Irwin, who purchased a two-thirds interest from original owner Robert Wilson after the colt's debut here Aug. 8, and trainer Mark Casse are adamant about Added Edge's immediate future.

"He's not going to the Breeders' Cup," said Irwin, who races under the nom de course of Team Valor. "We're going to run him one more time this year, either at seven furlongs or a mile in the Iroquois at Churchill Downs," to be run Nov. 3.

"It's no reflection on the horse; he's just a very late foal. We don't want to screw him up. "I'd be more excited about a mile and a quarter in May than the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. So far, I think he's been doing something he's probably not meant to do.

"When you look at him, you'd never think he's a sprinter."

An obscure find pays off

There's no doubt that Ron Woods derived satisfaction from Brusque's victory here in Saturday's $272,000 Mazarine.

Not only was Woods recording his first stakes victory as a trainer and a sole owner, but he also can take credit for discovering Brusque - in concert with his partner, Debi Lockhurst - in rather unorthodox fashion.

Woods and Lockhurst had stopped over at Keeneland on their way to Florida early this year with the primary goal of finding a replacement for Bouree, a filly who had been claimed from them for $25,000 here last November.

"We didn't see anything we liked," said Woods. "But as we were getting ready to leave a fellow came up to us and said there was a filly being boarded at his farm we might be interested in.

"We went over to look at her. She was being broken. We were struck by her, actually."

Woods subsequently arranged to purchase the filly for $10,000 U.S., but the actual sale almost fell victim to a series of miscommunications.

"We'd left her there, and told them not to train her any more," said Woods. "We were in transit, and Debi had written a check. Three weeks later, they said they hadn't received it."

A substitute check was quickly sent by courier to Kentucky but somehow ended up being delivered back to Woods and Lockhurst in Florida.

"We wanted her so bad," said Woods. "We were frantic that they were going to change their minds."

The transaction finally was concluded, however, and Brusque now finds herself a valuable item as a Kentucky-bred Grade 2 stakes winner who has earned $260,964.

But Brusque will not be adding to that total in the near future, as Woods had planned to stop on the filly for the season regardless of the Mazarine outcome.

"She's so difficult to train," said Woods. "She's hard on herself. I don't want her to pound herself into the ground."

Silver Nithi set for Lorgnette

Silver Nithi worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the main track here Sunday and is scheduled to run in Saturday's $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16 mile race for 3-year-old fillies. Jockey Richard Dos Ramos was aboard Silver Nithi, who worked in company with stablemate Adjalah.

"She's doing very well," said David Bell, who trains Silver Nithi for Dick and Jo Ellen Shaw. "But I don't think she's doing well enough to try the E.P. Taylor."

The $750,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a Grade 1, 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares, is the supporting feature here Sunday.

Lady Shari back

Also headed to the La Lorgnette is Lady Shari, who returned to the racetrack last Thursday and drilled five furlongs in 1:01.60 on the main track Monday.

Lady Shari had manhandled males when shipped to Northlands Park in Edmonton for the Aug. 24 Canadian Derby. But she did not fare as well in a subsequent western excursion, finishing fifth in the Sept. 7 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings Park after breaking in the air and then suffering severe interference in the early stages.