10/01/2009 11:00PM

Forest Uproar looks for right distance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - One mile might have been too short and 1 1/4 miles too long for Forest Uproar.

But the 1 1/8 miles of the Carotene Stakes could be just right for Forest Uproar, who looms the choice of nine Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies entered here in Sunday's turf feature.

Forest Uproar is coming off a third-place finish in the Ontario Colleen, a one-mile turf stakes in which she was beaten a total of 1 1/2 lengths by the streaking Lady Shakespeare and a neck by the previously undefeated Carem Crescent.

Five weeks earlier, when making her third start since beginning her career here this June, Forest Uproar had been beaten a total of 2 1/4 lengths by the talented Tasty Temptation in the Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-breds that was run over 1 1/4 miles of soft going.

"I think this is a good spot for her," trainer Mark Frostad said. "Right in between those distances is probably best for her. A mile and a quarter was definitely stretching it."

First Circle, who was beaten just a half-length as the runner-up in the Wonder Where, will be returning to the grass in the Carotene after a dismal interim effort.

Racing over 1 1/16 miles on the main track in the Algoma, a yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares, First Circle was within striking distance early but then tailed off badly to finish last in the field of seven.

"She didn't fire at all," trainer Mike Keogh said. "I think probably she just doesn't like the Polytrack anymore."

Robert Landry retains the mount on Forest Uproar, and Tyler Pizarro will be back aboard First Circle.

Other contestants in the Carotene lineup include Deeveetee, winner of the allowance prep for the Selene Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main track here Aug. 29, and Soul of Nataka, a supplementary entrant who is coming off a romping maiden score over 1 1/4 miles of turf.

Deeveetee was making her first start for trainer Mike DePaulo in the Selene prep and was unplaced in two previous turf appearances in stakes here and at Santa Anita.

Soul of Nataka is a homebred who races for Charles Fipke and is trained by Roger Attfield, who will be seeking his second win in the race named after his champion turf performer.

Marlang getting back on Polytrack

Marlang, a full brother to First Circle, will be returning to the main track for Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Durham Cup at 1 1/8 miles following a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer over 1 1/2 miles of turf.

"I thought he ran really well last time," said Deborah England, who trains the 4-year-old Marlang. "Things really didn't go according to plan."

Marlang had looked like the possible lone speed of the Northern Dancer, but that scenario went out the window when he was off to a poor start. After rallying to get within a length of the lead while very wide, Marlang had little left for the final furlong yet was still beaten a total of only 4 3/4 lengths.

"He's young for these mile and a half turf races," England said. "A lot of those horses are 5 or 6, or older. He's just three or four lengths behind those guys."

Prior to running in the Northern Dancer and ending fourth in the Grade 2 Sky Classic over 1 3/8 miles of turf, Marlang had contested the Grade 3 Seagram Cup over 1 1/16 miles on the main track and finished fourth while making just his second start of the season.

"I thought he ran a good race there," England said.

Nominations released for Oct. 17 stakes

The nominations lists were released Friday for the Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, and Nearctic, which will form a blockbuster turf stakes triple-header here Saturday, Oct. 17.

The Grade 1, $2 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, attracted 23 nominees. The Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares, drew 32 nominations, while a total of 22 horses are listed for the Nearctic, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up.

The Canadian International, E.P. Taylor and Nearctic all are Win and You're In races for their respective Breeders' Cup events.

There is a heavy European flavor to the Canadian International, with 15 of the nominees based overseas.

Jukebox Jury, winner of Germany's Group 3 Prix Von Europa in his last appearance, and Buccellati, fourth in France's Group 2 Prix Foy in his latest, are probable contestants at this early stage.

Just as Well, a winner of the Grade 1 Northern Dancer upon the disqualification of first-place finisher Marsh Side here Sept. 20, is expected to return for the Canadian International. Quijano, Champs Elysees, and Marsh Side, the next three official finishers in the Northern Dancer, all have taken up temporary residence here and are penciled in for the rematch.

Fillies and mares based in Europe and those in North America are represented equally on the E.P. Taylor list.

Princess Haya, who upset Forever Together here in the Grade 2 Canadian on Sept. 20, could return from her Fair Hill base for trainer Michael Matz.

Local probables include Much Obliged, a close third in the Canadian; Lady Shakespeare, who defeated fellow 3-year-old fillies in the Ontario Colleen over one mile of turf last time out; and Roses 'n' Wine, a romping last-out winner of the Algoma over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack.

Nine of the Nearctic nominees are based at Woodbine, with the others situated south of the border.

Jungle Wave, winner of the Grade 2 Play the King h ere over seven furlongs of turf and fourth in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, heads the prospective local contingent.

Heros Reward, winner of the 2007 Nearctic and a close fourth in last year's renewal, is expected back from Maryland.