10/25/2006 12:00AM

At least one local runner makes BC


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Casse, who is at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sales, was pleased to learn on Thursday that Skip Code had made it into the main body of the field for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

A Kentucky-bred colt owned by Charles Laloggia and based here at Woodbine, Skip Code was among 15 pre-entrants for the Nov. 4 Juvenile and has already checked into Churchill Downs.

In his last start, the Grade 3 Grey at 1 1/16 miles here at Woodbine on Oct. 9, Skip Code was a convincing winner, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 80 under regular rider Patrick Husbands.

Catch the Thrill, the only other Woodbine-based entrant for Breeders' Cup Day, was not accorded much respect by the Breeders' Cup selection committee and is 19th on the list of 24 pre-entrants for the Juvenile Fillies. Only 14 can start.

Owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, Catch the Thrill won last Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth in eye-catching fashion, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 90.

"It's very disappointing," said Frostad, who will hold off on making any travel plans for Catch the Thrill until more is known about the probable lineup.

Catch the Fever looking for a start

While winner Skip Code is set for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Grey runner-up Catch the Fever is entered in a $66,000 maiden race here at Woodbine on Friday.

There is no guarantee that Catch the Fever will start, either, as the one-mile turf race would be limited to 12 starters on or off the turf, and Catch the Fever is the first horse on the also-eligible list.

Catch the Fever, who was beaten 1o1/2 lengths in the Grey, also had finished second to Skip Code by a neck in their previous encounter at a mile and 70 yards.

A Kentucky-bred gelding, Catch the Fever has experience on turf, having finished a close fifth going seven furlongs in his second career start, on Aug. 19.

If Catch the Fever draws in, he will be ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, who also is named on Short Hop.

The balance of Friday's nine-race card is for claimers, ranging in price from $9,500 to $40,000.

Action-packed weekend

Casse, meanwhile, will be back at Woodbine this weekend and has candidates for all five stakes races, including three overnight stakes.

Casse has entered both Simply Stylish and Trivia Game for Saturday's $150,000 Fanfreluche, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies; Be Envied for the $100,000 River Memories, a one-mile overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares; and Seaside Retreat for the $100,000 Chief Bearhart, a 1 1/4-mile overnight turf stakes for 3-year-olds and upward.

Seaside Retreat also was slated to be entered for Sunday's $100,000 Labeeb, a one-mile overnight turf stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, while Arch Hall is intended for the $125,000 Bunty Lawless, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

Simply Stylish, owned by Woodford Racing LLC, finished second in the 6 1/2-furlong Muskoka, a yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies here Sept. 4, and was scratched from the Princess Elizabeth.

Quiet Action, also trained by Casse, was entered in the Princess Elizabeth and finished a creditable second for Woodford, a group in which Bill Farish Jr. is a principal.

"We thought Quiet Action had a big chance, so we'd fire our best bullet and wait to run Simply Stylish in the Princess Elizabeth," said Casse.

Trivia Game, also owned by Woodford, is an unraced Ontario-bred.

"I'm not sure I'm going to run her," said Casse. "I'll have a look at the field."

Be Envied, a 4-year-old filly owned by Farish, has started just three times this season and is coming off a victory under second-level allowance terms at a mile and 70 yards on Polytrack here Oct. 5.

"She had surgery after her last race at Churchill Downs last fall, and we gave her plenty of time," said Casse, who had sent out Be Envied to finish seventh in the Mrs. Revere at Churchill on Nov. 12 and did not get her back to the races until Aug. 12.

"I thought she ran a really nice race last time," he said. "I'm hoping we get enough rain that they don't run on the grass."

The River Memories, taken off the turf and run at a mile and 70 yards last year, was won by Can Ihavethisdance, a 4-year-old filly who made her last career start there for Farish and Casse and sold for $240,000 at Keeneland last November.

Seaside Retreat, owned by Farish, will be making his first start as a gelding in either the Chief Bearhart or Labeeb.

"I really don't want to run him on soft turf," said Casse. "I'm going to enter him in both races, and hope one of them comes off the turf. I'm looking for a big race out of him this week; I want to take him to the Hollywood Derby."

The Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Derby, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, will be run Nov. 26.

Arch Hall, a 5-year-old horse owned by Melnyk Racing Stable, had a solid campaign at Oaklawn Park this winter but was freshened following his fifth-place finish here in the July 1 Dominion Day.

In his return here Sept. 20, Arch Hall finished a distant fourth in the seven-furlong Overskate for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

"I think all-year racing probably got him a little worn out," said Casse. "He's doing okay. Our main goal is the Sir Barton."

Arch Hall has won the last two editions of the $125,000 Sir Barton, a 1o1/16-mile stakes for Ontario-sired

3-year-olds and upward that will be run this year on Dec. 3.

Arch Hall also finished third in last year's Bunty Lawless, beaten three-quarters of a length.

Kimchi changes barns

Casse also reports that he has parted ways with Seasoft Stable and is no longer training Kimchi, the Canadian-bred 3-year-old filly who is a leading candidate for the Sovereign Award in her division.

Kimchi scored in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and Fort Erie's 1 1/16-mile Bison City, the first two legs of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred

3-year-old fillies, before finishing fourth in the finale, the July 28 Wonder Where at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

A winner of 3 of 8 starts and $578,788 for Casse, Kimchi now is in New York with trainer Gary Contessa.

Tell It as It Is headed for a Grade 3

Tell It as It Is, a Kentucky-bred owned by Cinnamont Stable and trained by Jim Smith, is scheduled to leave for New York on Friday for Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Tempted at Aqueduct.

Tell It as It Is will be seeking her second win in as many starts in the one-mile Tempted after breaking poorly and rallying from well off the pace for a nose victory in a seven-furlong maiden special here Sept. 23.

"She's doing really well," said Smith. "I think a one-turn mile will be the next step for her, and it's coming up rather a light field as far as numbers go."

Richard Migliore has the call on Tell It as It Is for the Tempted.