09/27/2004 11:00PM

Kabel may add to stakes tally


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Two stakes races will be run here this weekend and - surprise, surprise - Todd Kabel has a live mount for both.

Kabel, the runaway leader in the jockey standings here, has won 29 of the 80 stakes run at the meeting and did not participate in 13. On Saturday, Kabel retains the mount on Strut the Stage for the Sky Classic and on Sunday he will ride Dancehall Deelites in the Mazarine.

The Sky Classic is a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, the Mazarine a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies. Both offer Grade 2 status and purses of $250,000.

Owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, Strut the Stage comes into the Sky Classic off a four-length score in the Grade 2 Niagara at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

In addition to Strut the Stage, who will be the 123-pound highweight, Frostad plans to have at least two other horses in the Sky Classic.

Colorful Judgement, who finished second in the Niagara, and Longship, a distant sixth and last in that race after setting the pace, are probable starters. Rainbows for Luck, winner of a first-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles on turf last time out, is a possibility.

'Deelites' has two-turn experience

Dancehall Deelites, trained by Sid Attard, broke through in a big way when she stretched out for the first time here Sept. 17, scoring by 5 1/4 lengths at a mile and 70 yards.

Bred in Ontario by her owner, Bob Harvey, Dancehall Deelites is the only locally based Mazarine nominee with a two-turn win under her belt.

Her Mazarine opponents should include Simply Lovely, who would be the only locally based stakes winner in the field.

Simply Lovely, owned by Rocco Marcello and trained by Bob Tiller, won the seven-furlong Muskoka in her second and most recent start here Sept. 5.

On Tuesday, Simply Lovely breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 on the fast main track with regular rider Steven Bahen in the irons.

"She really galloped out nice and strong," said Bahen. "She feels good; she's ready to go."

Day Phillips horses have options

Trainer Catherine Day Phillips has horses nominated to both stakes this weekend, with French Lieutenant listed for the Sky Classic and Beyond the Blue for the Mazarine, but both were on the fence as of Tuesday morning.

French Lieutenant also is under consideration for the Grade 2, $350,000 Kelso over one mile on turf at Belmont on Oct. 9, while Beyond the Blue could await a maiden race.

A Kentucky-bred 4-year-old owned by John Gunther, French Lieutenant was based here last year with trainer Josie Carroll and returned after making four starts south of the border this year for Kiaran McLaughlin

In his first start for Day Phillips here Sept. 4, French Lieutenant overcame a troubled trip to prevail under third-level allowance conditions at a mile on turf.

"He came to me in great shape," said Day Phillips. "He's training super; he had a very nice breeze here on dirt the other day."

Beyond the Blue, a Kentucky-bred owned by the trainer's Kingfield Farm, was a well-beaten third behind Dancehall Deelites in her only start.

"She got a bit tired, but other than that she handled herself very well," Day Phillips said. "I think she's a very nice filly."

A Bit O'Gold points to Ontario Derby

A Bit O'Gold, winner of the last two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, is doing well and is on target for an appearance in the Ontario Derby here Oct. 10, Day Phillips said. The Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, is worth $150,000.

A Bit O'Gold had spent a couple of weeks on the farm after the Aug. 8 Breeders' Stakes, and was slated to return in the Elgin here Sept. 5 but was not entered.

"I didn't think he was on top of his game," said Day Phillips.

Northern Sorceress on the shelf

Day Phillips had nominated Northern Sorceress to the $150,000 Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies here Oct. 9. But Northern Sorceress, who graduated impressively at one mile on turf in her third career start here Aug. 26, will not see action again this season.

"I'm going to give her the rest of the year off," said Day Phillips. "I think she's really nice; she should be a stakes-type horse on turf."

Northern Sorceress finished second in each of her first two outings, both on the turf, at one mile here July 25 and 1 1/4 miles Aug. 12.

Wilson drops mount to keep bug

Apprentice rider Emma Jayne Wilson rode her fourth career winner here in last Sunday's ninth race and promptly booked off her mount in the day's finale in order to make maximum use of her apprentice allowance next year.

Represented by agent Mike Luider, Wilson had her first mount here Aug. 27 and rode her first winner at Fort Erie the following day. Wilson's next three winners were here at Woodbine, and her record stands at 4-3-4 from 31 starts, good for $80,295.

Wilson plans to spend the winter in New Orleans, where she will ride in schooling races at Fair Grounds.

When Wilson returns to action here next spring, she will retain the 10-pound "bug" until the occasion of her fifth winner, when her weight allowance will drop to five pounds.

* The recent jockeys' barbecue here raised $70,000 to be shared by the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society and the Avelino Gomez Memorial Foundation.