10/19/2009 11:00PM

Hollinger remains on course for Coronation


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Roger Attfield finally has a Cup and Saucer to go with his eight Queen's Plates.

While Attfield has not been a frequent participant in the Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds, it was still somewhat surprising to learn that his 328 previous career stakes scores had not included that particular race.

The fact came to light after Hollinger registered a convincing two-length score under jockey Tyler Pizarro in last Sunday's $251,600 Cup and Saucer here at Woodbine.

"He ran that race like a good horse," said Attfield. "He did it very professionally."

Hollinger, who is owned and was bred by Bob Harvey and Al Wortzman, is now 3 for 3, and has won sprinting, around two turns, and on the grass.

"He looks to me like he might handle anything," said Attfield. "He's clearly a very versatile horse.

"He had only one work on the turf, but all of his works have been good."

Hollinger had debuted with a sharp win over six furlongs here Aug. 28 and came back five weeks later for an equally impressive score in a first-level allowance at a mile and 70 yards.

Now, after adding the Cup and Saucer to his portfolio, Hollinger is slated to make his final start of the season in the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds here Nov. 8.

"When he was ready to run his first race I said to Bob that if he ran well enough I'd like to run him back in an a-other-than around two turns and go on to the Cup and Saucer and Coronation Futurity," Attfield said. "So far, everything's gone according to plan."

Attfield has pair for Valley View

Attfield has plenty of stakes action on his drawing board this week, beginning with Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View at Keeneland.

Miss Keller and Flowerbomb will represent the Attfield stable in the Valley View, which a 1 1/16 mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. The race also has attracted Woodbine-based Aurora Lights and Forest Uproar, and will go in two divisions.

Attfield picked up Miss Keller at Saratoga this past summer after she had arrived from Ireland. Purchased by Three Chimneys Racing, Miss Keller's only start for her new connections was a fourth-place finish in Saratoga's Grade 2 Lake Placid over 1 1/8 miles of soft going on Aug. 21.

Flowerbomb, a Kentucky-bred who races for her owner and breeder, John Gunther, is coming off a first-level allowance score over 1 1/16 miles of turf here Sept. 25.

On Saturday, Attfield plans to have two candidates for Woodbine's Bunty Lawless in Sand Cove and Society's Chairman, both of whom would be serious contenders. Entries for the Bunty Lawless were to be taken Wednesday.

That same afternoon at Keeneland, Soul of Nataka is slated to run in the $125,000 Dowager, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Soul of Nataka, a homebred who races for Charles Fipke, is coming off a nose score here in the Carotene, a 1 1/8 mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

On the home front Sunday, Attfield could start both Sligovitz and Simmard in the Chief Bearhart, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

The $100,000 Chief Bearhart is an overnight stakes and will require at least five entrants to be carded.

The 4-year-old Sligovitz originally had been penciled in for Thursday's Sycamore at Keeneland but came back from a breeze here last Sunday with mucus in his lungs.

"We should have him cleaned up in time for the Chief Bearhart," said Attfield.

Simmard, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old, returned from a nine-month layoff to clear his second allowance condition in a one-mile turf race here Sept. 6.

Mrs. Revere likely next for Lady Shakespeare

Lady Shakespeare, who finished fifth for Attfield in last Saturday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles of soft turf at Keeneland, could make her next start in the Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs.

The Grade 2, $175,000 Mrs. Revere, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run Nov. 14.

"She had a bad trip; she was very wide," said Attfield, of Lady Shakespeare's QE II performance.

Bay to Bay gets a vacation in Florida

Bay to Bay, one of the top 2-year-old fillies on the grounds, will not see action again this season.

"I've put her away, and sent her down to Florida," said trainer Brian Lynch. "We'll start her up the first of January, and maybe get a race into her down there before we bring her back."

Bay to Bay, a Florida-bred, has won 2 of 4 starts, including the Grade 3 Natalma over one mile of turf. In her most recent outing, Bay to Bay finished second behind the Breeders' Cup-bound Biofuel in the Grade 3 Mazarine over 1 1/16 miles to bring her bankroll to $172,600.

Stewards DQ winner for whip violation

The stewards here have reversed the one-two placings from the eighth race here Oct. 11 following an appeal by the trainer of the runner-up.

D'Wild Storm, trained by Josie Carroll, had won the race by a head over Bigger Breeze, who is conditioned by Paul Nielsen.

Patrick Husbands, aboard D'Wild Storm, inadvertently struck the head of Bigger Breeze with his whip with about a sixteenth of a mile to run. Jockey Gerry Olguin, driving for the wire with his head down, was not aware of the incident.

The stewards missed the infraction during their initial review of the race. Nielsen and Olguin were informed of the infraction by third parties but by the time they contacted the stewards the result was official.

In a ruling released last Sunday the stewards disqualified D'Wild Storm and placed him second, making Bigger Breeze the official winner for all purposes excepting parimutuel wagering.

Husbands was fined $200 for his whip miscue.

* The stewards have ruled that apprentice jockey Brian Cheyne has been fined $200 for using his whip when his mount, Right Trajectory, "was not visibly responding or in contention for a meaningful position." Right Trajectory, competing in the second race here last Thursday, finished last of eight

* Jockey David Garcia is in the midst of a three-day suspension that will conclude Friday after withdrawing his appeal of an earlier ruling.