11/13/2008 12:00AM

Hooh Why stays put after big effort

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - While invaders Selva and Holiday Girl figure to attract serious support in Saturday's Glorious Song at Woodbine, a third out-of-towner is coming into the race under the radar.

Hooh Why, who had been based at Hawthorne with trainer Michael Reavis, checked in just a month ago and won a first-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 16.

On Saturday, Hooh Why again will be looking to come up with the correct answers when she makes her stakes debut in the $150,000 Glorious Song, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

"I'd usually go back after a race, but with this stakes just a month away, I stayed here with her," said Mark Hoffman, who is an assistant to Reavis and a co-owner of Hooh Why along with her breeder, Gail Gee.

Hoffman, who is in the business of buying and selling as well as racing horses, is based in Chicago during the summer and Ocala, Fla., during the winter, but spends much of his year on the road.

"I go all around; I'm in hotels abut 340 days a year," said Hoffman. "I had my owner's license at 15 tracks last year."

Hoffman's 2007 itinerary included several trips here with Rumbling Cloud, who was claimed away for $50,000 on Sept. 28 and won the Woodstock this past spring before being sidelined.

Hooh Why is a full sister to Rumbling Cloud, and Hoffman purchased a half-interest in the filly this year.

In her debut at Arlington on July 26, Hooh Why rallied to score by one length at 5 1/2 furlongs for trainer Donna Dupuy.

"Mike had too many horses there, so Donna trained six horses for me," said Hoffman. "Everybody said the race was slow, but she doesn't know how fast she ran.

"She got into trouble, circled the field in midstretch, and went about her business."

Hooh Why was scheduled to make her next start at Ellis Park in the Aug. 16 Debutante but had to be scratched at the gate.

"A horse flipped next to her," said Hoffman. "My filly scraped her head and cut her eye. It was a horrible experience for her."

Following a brief respite, Hooh Why resurfaced at Presque Isle Downs in a first-level allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs on Sept. 4.

With Reavis now her trainer of record, Hooh Why made some late headway but finished fourth, beaten four lengths.

"I shouldn't have run her; she wasn't eating right," said Hoffman. "And, she wanted nothing to do with the gate."

Hoffman countered by schooling Hooh Why in the starting gate and putting blinkers on for her next start at Presque Isle. The results were encouraging as the filly was prominent throughout and finished second in another 5 1/2-furlong first-level allowance.

Now, after watching her Beyer Speed Figure soar to an 80 in the Woodbine allowance, Hoffman will be looking for Hooh Why to continue her upward mobility.

"People will say she's going to bounce," said Hoffman. "But, she's been training great. She's so full of herself, I need a lip-chain to walk her. I hate doing that, but otherwise she'd be tearing down the barn."

Coronation lures just six horses

A total of 101 horses remained eligible for Sunday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity at the final nomination stage on Aug. 1.

But when the box closed on Thursday, only six 2-year-old Canadian-bred colts and geldings, including the supplements El Brujo and Cool Diablo, had been entered for the 1 1/8-mile race.

Cool Diablo, winner of the Alberta Premier's Futurity, a one-mile race for Alberta-breds at Northlands Park, is the only stakes winner in the field.

El Brujo, who has won 2 of 5 starts and placed in stakes in the other three, has yet to travel beyond seven furlongs but is the probable favorite.

Khabibulin and Flying Brigade are one-time winners who finished 10th and 11th, respectively, when making their last starts in the Cup and Saucer going 1 1/16 miles on yielding turf.

Gallant and Active Duty, the fourth- and sixth-place finishers in the Cup and Saucer, are maidens trained by Mark Casse.

Frostad gears up for Fair Grounds

The Woodbine meeting is winding down for trainer Mark Frostad, who divides his stock and his personal attention between Fair Grounds and Sam-Son Farm's Ocala, Fla., location over the winter.

Frostad has 15 stalls at Fair Grounds, which was set to open on Friday.

"We have horses coming 3, for next year, including three or four Queen's Plate prospects, and some of the old standbys like French Beret and Windward Islands," said Frostad.

French Beret, a 5-year-old gelding, became a stakes winner in the Colonel Bradley on the Fair Grounds turf course last winter and also finished second there in the Mervin Muniz Jr.

Windward Islands, absent for almost a year, returned with a classified allowance victory at Keeneland on Oct. 4 and then finished fourth here in the Grade 2 Sky Classic three weeks later.

Meanwhile, Frostad characterizes his Woodbine season as being "up and down," and entered the final four weeks with a record of 20-19-14 and earnings of $1.76 million from 96 starters.

"We lacked the big horse," said Frostad, who expects to have no more than four starters through the balance of the meeting, beginning with Catch the Luck in Saturday's 10th race.

Hot pace sets up Double Malt

Double Malt ($15.80) came from off a sizzling pace to win the $126,200 South Ocean Stakes here on Wednesday night.

Dash It Dreamer and Stranger Things battled through fractions of 22.93 seconds, 46.57, and 1:11.98 in the 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies. They both began to tire on the far turn, as Double Malt commenced a three-wide rally from midpack.

Double Malt hit the front early in the stretch before drawing away for a five-length victory in a time of 1:44.77. Lunar Linda closed late to finish second by a neck over Sans Sousi, the 5-2 favorite in the eight-horse field.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva rode Double Malt for trainer Malcolm Pierce.

"She broke sharp, and then I took her back," said Da Silva. "She ran very relaxed, and at the three-eighths pole I had so much horse that I knew she would go on.

"She ran a brilliant race. I was a lucky man to get to steer her around."

Double Malt picked up $75,000 in her stakes debut, which boosted her bankroll to $142,600. She is owned by a partnership headed by her breeder, Mike Ambler.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink