10/22/2009 11:00PM

Jambalaya will wait for next time


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The second step on Jambalaya's comeback trail has been put on hold, as the 7-year-old gelding was entered in Sunday's $100,000 Chief Bearhart but will not start.

"The turf course is a little bit chewed up right now, and because of the extra rain it's not a good time to be running him," said Catherine Day Phillips, who trains Jambalaya and runs him under her family's Kingfield Racing Stable banner.

Jambalaya had been forced to the sidelines following his win in the Grade 1 Arlington Million on Aug. 11, 2007, and finally made it back to the races here Sept. 18 with a smart two-length score over one mile on turf under rider Jono Jones.

Jambalaya breezed five furlongs in 1:03.40 on the training track here Friday and now will await next Sunday's Labeeb, an overnight stakes scheduled for one mile on turf, with a $56,000 allowance race over 1 1/8 miles on grass at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 being another option.

In his absence, the Chief Bearhart, an overnight stakes for 3-year-olds and upward at 1 1/4 miles on turf, is up for grabs.

Trainer Roger Attfield, who won the two most recent runnings of the Chief Bearhart with Eccentric in 2007 and Pellegrino in 2006, will send out both Sligovitz and Simmard.

Sligovitz, a homebred 4-year-old colt who races for Stronach Stable, is coming of a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park.

"He ran a good race there," said Attfield. "He's actually never won on the turf, but he's run some good race son it."

Sligovitz's turf efforts have included a close fifth in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap this March and a second in the Breeders' Stakes here last year.

Simmard, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt who races for his owner and breeder, Haras Santa Maria de Araras, returned from a 10-month layoff to clear his second allowance condition in impressive fashion over one mile on turf here Sept. 6.

"I loved him last year, but I never had him the way I wanted him," said Attfield. "He's different now - he's a big, strong, stout horse. He's training really well, and he deserves a shot in this race."

Patrick Husbands regains the mount on Sligovitz while Robert Landry returns aboard Simmard.

Solitaire and Cobotown Ron both come into the Chief Bearhart from the Grade 1 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race here Sept. 20.

Cobotown Ron, who finished seventh there beaten 6 1/4 lengths, also was entered in Saturday's restricted Bunty Lawless at one mile on the turf.

Solitaire, who ended last of nine in the Northern Dancer, 7 1/4 lengths off the winner, returns from his Saratoga base for trainer Jim Bond. He scored in a first-level allowance over 1 1/4 miles on turf in a trip here this summer.

Rounding out the field are Daylight Express, the Barbadian invader who trailed in the Woodbine Mile but then won over 1 1/4 miles on the main track when sporting a $62,500 claiming price, and Cool Gator, a long-winded but win-shy performer.

Biofuel, Resentless getting set

Biofuel and Resentless both worked here Friday with an eye toward upcoming stakes engagements.

Winner of the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Mazarine in her last start here, Biofuel breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.20 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Reade Baker, who is at Santa Anita with Breeders' Cup Sprint candidate Fatal Bullet, said Biofuel would fly out Tuesday or Wednesday.

Resentless, fourth in the Mazarine after setting the pace, worked six furlongs in 1:14 and will be facing fellow Canadian-bred fillies here Saturday in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth at 1 1/16 miles.

"She worked very well," said trainer Ian Howard, who gave exercise rider Matt Douglas a leg up for the drill. "We wanted to go as easy as she could from the pole, and finish up a bit down the lane."

Four draw fines for whip use

The stewards have fined four riders for whip violations on Wednesday evening's program.

Chantal Sutherland has been fined $1,200 for excessive use of the whip, as the stewards ruled she had struck her mount, Indian Apple Is, four times in succession in the late stages of her half-length victory in the Ruling Angel Stakes.

Indian Apple Is earned $69,000, and the rules call for Sutherland to forfeit 20 percent of her 10-percent share of the winner's purse, excluding the $9,000 Ontario-sired bonus.

Luis Contreras was fined $200 for striking his mount, Nine Miracles, under the belly throughout the stretch run en route to her nose win in the eighth and final race.

Gerry Olguin has appealed a $300 fine and a one-day suspension for striking his mount, Cape Schanck, more than three times in succession during the stretch run of the eighth race. The ruling by the stewards marked Olguin's second offense under the recently imposed guidelines.

Cape Schanck finished third, beaten a nose and a head.

And, Mike McMullen has been fined $300 and suspended for one day, Oct. 28, for raising his hand above his shoulder while striking his mount Vicar's Vision in the stretch run of the fifth race. Vicar's Vision finished seventh.

Passero dead after crash

Andy Passero, a prominent Fort Erie businessman and a partner in M.A.D. Racing Stable, died in a hospital following a two-vehicle accident in Niagara Falls late Wednesday evening.

Passero, 39, was driving home along with Scott Heron, one of his racing partners, after watching one of his horses run at Woodbine.

Heron was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries

M.A.D. Racing Stable, in partnership with Martha Gonzalez, has enjoyed phenomenal success with their five runners, including Wholelottabourbon, Wannatalkaboutme, and Stuck in Traffic.

Wholelottabourbon was a multiple stakes winner and Canada's champion male 2-year-old in 2004, while Wannatalkaboutme won two stakes and was a Sovereign Award finalist in the 2-year-old filly division the following season.

Stuck in Traffic, a 4-year-old colt, has won stakes in each of his three years at the races and was a Sovereign Award finalist in his 2007 campaign.

Nick Gonzalez, Martha's husband, trains the partnership's horses.