08/06/2002 12:00AM

A Hot Talent, but where to go next?


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hot Talent was a smash hit again here Monday, scoring her third win in as many career outings in the $250,000 Wonder Where.

But Hot Talent, a 3-year-old filly owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Malcolm Pierce, now may have to take her act on the road.

"We have no idea at all where we might run her next," said Pierce, after watching Hot Talent become a stakes winner in Monday's 1 1/4-mile turf feature for Canadian-bred

3-year-old fillies.

"We'd had the Ontario Colleen in the back of our minds but I think it comes up too quick. It's three weeks away, and she had a hard race [Monday]."

The $125,000 Ontario Colleen Handicap, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, will be run here Aug. 25.

But Pierce also is not keen on sending Hot Talent south of the border in the immediate future.

"She's not carrying a lot of weight, anyway," he said. "I don't like shipping around in the heat of the summer. There's plenty of time to look around.

"We might even send her to the farm and freshen her up a bit."

Quick Blue times two

Quick Blue, an Ontario-bred 4-year-old filly, made her third visit to the province of her birth here last Saturday and posted the second stakes victory of her career in the Grade 3 Royal North over six furlongs of turf.

Owned by Joseph Lacombe and trained by Linda Rice, Quick Blue had shipped here last year and finished third in the Labatt Woodbine Oaks and then returned to Ontario and took the Labatt Bison City at Fort Erie.

"Canada has been good to me," said Rice, who also won the 1995 My Dear Stakes here with Rosie O' Greta and the 1997 Victoria with Torgan.

Quick Blue had been based at Monmouth, where she finished second in a one-mile turf allowance July 5, and Rice had been eyeing last Sunday's Eatontown, a 1 1/16-mile turf race there Sunday.

"The Eatontown was coming up especially tough," said Rice. "So, we decided to come here instead."

Quick Blue checked in Friday morning and checked out Monday, heading to Saratoga to join the Rice string there.

"Our goal was to win a graded stakes with her," said Rice. "We're very happy to get that done."


Extend, winner of last Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Belle Mahone, is another 4-year-old filly who had made her last start at Monmouth.

But the similarity to Quick Blue ends there as Extend is a Kentucky-bred, owned by Cam Allard and based here with trainer Roger Attfield.

Extend won her third stakes race in the Belle Mahone, having also won the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Matron here June 9 and the Stage Door Betty over the same distance at Calder last December.

But in her start before the Belle Mahone, Extend had finished a distant last of five when invading New Jersey for the Molly Pitcher, in which the 1-2-3 finishers were the formidable Atelier, Summer Colony, and Spain.

"I really thought Spain wouldn't show up, and that if she did she wouldn't run her race anyway," said Attfield.

"It was kind of a miscalculation, shipping down there in the hot weather. She didn't settle like she normally does.

"But she came back and trained well, and she did everything right [Saturday]."

It could be assumed that Attfield would have to look afield with Extend as the next open stakes here on the main track for the filly/mare division is the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf Nov. 2. But, the trainer could have an ace up his sleeve on the local front.

"The interesting thing is I ran this filly on turf once last year, and she didn't run very well," said Attfield, noting that Extend had finished up the track on the grass at Keeneland in her 2001 debut.

"But her career at that time was very sketchy, and she might not have run her race anyway.

"I've worked her back on the turf three times this year, and she's worked exceptionally well. We wouldn't be averse to trying her again on turf."

If Attfield does opt for the grass for Extend then the logical spot would be the Grade 2, $250,000, Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile race here Sept. 8.

Disappeared moving on up

Disappeared, riding the momentum of a two-race win streak in conditioned claimers, will try to take his game to the next level on Thursday at Woodbine, when he tries the first allowance category at 1 1/16 miles.

Thursday is a make-up date for last Sunday's card, which was canceled because of a barn fire at Woodbine early Sunday morning.

Disappeared, trained by Paul Buttigieg, was in mediocre form heading into his June 23 race against $32,000 nonwinners-of-two, which he won with authority.

Most recently in a $40,000 nonwinners-of-three, Disappeared sat 10 lengths off the early pace over an inside-favoring track under regular rider Chantal Sutherland, who was then an apprentice. Sutherland rushed him into contention along the rail on the backstretch, and he drew off in the lane to win by five lengths while earning a 90 Beyer, easily the highest recent speed figure in this field.

Also entered in Thursday's headliner are Dancing Wager, Taipan, Doon Toon, Mind Body Soul, Eastern War Lord, Latino Americano, and Sovereign Attire.

Sovereign Attire toppled Ontario-sired allowance opponents on July 17, beating favored Twice Bid by a head-bob. Trained by Barb Minshall, Sovereign Attire rarely runs a bad one at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink