11/19/2002 12:00AM

A Fleets Dancer set for final start


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Roger Attfield, currently the top trainer in money won here this year, has his sights set on cracking the $4 million mark at the meet.

Attfield, who was just a bit more than $100,000 shy of the goal heading into Wednesday's program, seems a pretty safe bet to reach that plateau.

But, he will have to do so without the help of Kabeeb, who would have been the one to beat here in Sunday's $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

"She hurt herself a little bit," said Attfield, who had sent out Kabeeb to win her maiden on Oct. 13 in the Princess Elizabeth, which also is a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

"It's nothing serious, but it's enough to pull up on her for the year."

Attfield hopes to be represented here in the Dec. 1 Valedictory Handicap by A Fleets Dancer, who romped in the 2000 renewal of the 1 3/4-mile closing-day co-feature. A Fleets Dancer finished second in the race last year.

A Fleets Dancer, a 7-year-old Kentucky-bred owned by Cam Allard, will make the final appearance of his career in the Valedictory, and then head for a stud career at Ontario's Anson Stud Farm.

Canada's reigning champion older male, A Fleets Dancer is winless in seven starts this year but has earned $99,910 to bring his career bankroll to $1,036,649.

Malmaison, a Kentucky-bred who has won his last two starts here for owner-breeder Haras Santa Maria de Araras, could also represent the Attfield barn in the Valedictory.

"I think he'll [run] all day," Attfield said. "I've always thought that of him."

Malmaison's recent successes came in a second-level allowance over one mile on turf and a classified allowance for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

Small Promises, owned by Attfield in partnership with Kinghaven Farm, worked four furlongs in 48.80 seconds under jockey Jim McAleney on the training track Tuesday. She will be aimed for the $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap at Calder on Dec. 28.

Attfield sent out Extend to win last year's running of the Stage Door Betty, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

Small Promises, a candidate for older filly-mare honors in the Sovereign Award voting, won the Algoma here on Sept. 2 and the Harry A. Hindmarsh at Fort Erie on Sept. 24. Both 1 1/16-mile races were restricted to horses who went through the auction ring at local sales.

The Sovereign Award ballots were sent out to 71 voters across Canada on Tuesday by the Jockey Club of Canada and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday.

Perfect Soul and Red Sea, two Attfield-trained turf specialists, worked five furlongs on the training track Tuesday and are slated to make their next starts in Florida.

Perfect Soul breezed in 1:01.20 with exercise rider Paul O'Sullivan in the irons, while Red Sea was clocked in 1:01.80 under Slade Callaghan.

Attfield said he would nominate both horses to the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race at Calder on Dec. 7.

"Probably Perfect Soul will run in there. I wouldn't run them both," said Attfield, who could reroute Red Sea to the $75,000 Furl Sail over one mile on turf at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 27.

Attfield will be looking to take the top prize here in Thursday's seven-furlong filly-mare feature with Smart Choice, who has been a beaten favorite in each of her last four starts at the first allowance level and will be taking another crack at that condition.

A nicely bred daughter of Smart Strike, Smart Choice won her maiden in a romp at seven furlongs in August. She subsequently finished fifth on turf in the Ontario Colleen Handicap. She began to frustrate chalk players when she ran second to returnee Susan Gracey in a seven-furlong dash Sept. 21.

Smart Choice had a troubled trip along a dead rail two weeks later, and finished fourth. She rebounded with a runner-up finish behind a charging Melisma's Valley over a sloppy track on Oct. 19.

In her most recent outing, Smart Choice pressed a slow pace while three wide and seemed poised to get the job done but was outfinished by Once Upon a Twine in the final sixteenth of a mile and had to settle for second.

Attfield has given the return call to Richard Dos Ramos on Smart Choice, who is owned by Kinghaven Farm.

Wake at Noon breezes

Wake at Noon breezed three furlongs in 35 seconds under regular rider Emile Ramsammy on the main track on Tuesday in preparation for the $125,000 Kennedy Road here on Nov. 30.

"He galloped out real good," said Abraham Katryan, who trains Wake at Noon for owner-breeder Bruno Schickedanz. "He's ready to go."

Wake at Noon, a 5-year-old, will be seeking his fifth stakes win of the season in the Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up.

Wake at Noon is a leading candidate for the 2002 Sovereign Award as outstanding sprinter and could also attract support in the Horse of the Year and older male categories.

Santerra sharp for Ontario Lassie

Santerra, who now ranks as the filly to beat in the Ontario Lassie, worked four furlongs in 48 seconds under exercise rider Marta Klinkova on the main track on Tuesday.

"She just did that effortlessly," said Mike Mattine, who trains Santerra for owner-breeder Ted Burnett. "She's in good shape."

Santerra will be seeking her third stakes win in the Lassie. She captured the seven-furlong Muskoka, a yearling sales stakes, here on Sept. 2. In her last start on Oct. 30, she won the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean, an Ontario Sire Stakes.

Timeform primed for rebound

Timeform, another homebred who races for Burnett and Mattine, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 under jockey Ray Sabourin on the main track on Tuesday and is being pointed for to the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings on Dec. 1.

Timeform began his career with a second-place finish in the seven-furlong Simcoe, a yearling sales stakes here on Sept. 2, and then ran third in the Frost King, an Ontario Sire Stakes run at the same distance.

But in his last start, the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity, Timeform faltered to finish a well-beaten fifth in the field of seven Canadian-breds.

"I think he's a better horse than what he showed last time," Mattine said. "He just didn't run his race."

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink