07/23/2001 11:00PM

Highland Mood out for the year


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Although it may seem otherwise, not everything is perfect these days in the world of Bob Tiller.

Tiller, who leads the Woodbine trainer standings, did have a flawless day last Sunday, sending out Win City to register his fourth stakes win of the season in Fort Erie's Prince of Wales. Tiller also went 2 for 2 in absentia at Woodbine.

But Tiller also has revealed that Highland Mood, the 3-year-old filly who has provided him with his other two stakes wins of 2001, is through for the year.

"She's going to need an operation," said Tiller, who declined to be specific about the nature of Highland Mood's problem. "She's a wonderful filly, with a big heart, but she will not race again this year."

Highland Mood, a homebred 3-year-old owned by Hali Stable and Norseman Racing Stable, began her career here this May and has won all four of her outings, including two turf stakes. She has earned $212,688.

Highland Mood had been nominated to three stakes here next week, including the $125,000 Royal North, a Grade 3, six-furlong turf race for fillies and mares Aug. 4.

Tiller now plans to be represented in the Royal North by Ahead by a Century, a 5-year-old mare.

Ahead by a Century, second to the invading Confessional in last year's Royal North after finishing fourth in the 1999 edition, comes into this year's running off a fifth-place finish behind Heliotrope in a six-furlong turf prep here July 15.

Pete's Fancy will try Royal North

Also headed for the Royal North is Pete's Fancy, a 6-year-old daughter of Peteski who is owned by Overheath Stable and trained by Mike DePaulo.

Pete's Fancy won her first stakes, the Adena Springs Matchmaker at Fort Erie on June 12, and was second in the Royal North prep.

DePaulo said Pete's Fancy could make another trip down to the Fort for the $50,000 Golden Horseshoe, a seven-furlong turf race for Canadian-bred fillies and mares Aug. 21.

Krz Ruckus, the other big horse in the DePaulo barn, is on schedule to go for his third straight Ontario sire stakes triumph here in the Aug. 18 Shepperton.

Krz Ruckus, who has won five in a row dating back to his final 2000 start, has quickly evolved into one of the fastest sprinters on the grounds, but DePaulo resisted the temptation to wheel him back against open company last Saturday in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture Handicap.

"I would have loved to have run him in the Bold Venture," said DePaulo, "but he would have been coming back in only 17 days. He's been good to us, and I just want to run him in one more Ontario-sired race.

One Way Love, who was Canada's champion older male and sprinter but has yet to start this season, also is headed for the $125,000, 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton, which he has won the last two years.

Elgin long-range target for 'Parish'

Catahoula Parish, the longest shot in the five-horse Bold Venture field, turned some heads by running second to Tempered Appeal while leaving favored Mr. Epperson, Crucible, and Prime Timber in his wake.

Trainer John Ross was thrilled with the effort by Catahoula Parish, who had finished third in each of his three previous outings this meet, all in classified allowance sprints. "He's just a notch away from being a real nice horse," said Ross.

Catahoula Parish's next major target is the Sept. 3 Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile yearling sales stakes in which he was second last year.

Exciting Story waits for Seagram Cup

Exciting Story, upset winner of Belmont's Met Mile this May, was a late scratch from the Bold Venture.

"Everything's fine," said Mark Casse, who trains Exciting Story for Mockingbird Farm. "We just decided to stay with the original plan; I'm going to try him around two turns in the Seagram Cup. If he can't handle that, we'll come back and sprint him."

The $125,000 Seagram Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race here Aug. 5, also is expected to mark the seasonal bow of Kiss a Native, Canada's champion 3-year-old last year.

Turf marathon feature race

Red Satin Slippers and My Real Quiet Lady are the protagonists in Thursday's feature, a 1 3/8-mile preliminary allowance on the turf.

Red Satin Slippers has run with mixed results in her two grass experiences at this meet. She was second in the one-mile Carotene Stakes, but could only manage sixth as the favorite most recently in a seven-furlong allowance. Expect her to try and wire the field under Jim McKnight.

My Real Quiet Lady closed to end up second, just a neck back of the winner, when she debuted on the grass in a 1 1/16-mile allowance July 4. She's bred to run all day and should be closing stoutly under Gerry Olguin.

* Rider Jeff Burningham has been granted a 124-day extension of his apprentice allowance, from July 23 through Nov. 23. Burningham, who came here from Hastings Park last fall, did not ride during the off-season.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink