08/18/2009 11:00PM

LeBlanc sold on Moonlit Beauty

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Michael Burns
Tasty Temptation, here winning the Wonder Where under Patrick Husbands, missed some training time and will not go to Saratoga for the Alabama.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Saturday's $125,000 Eternal Search came up light in numbers, with just five horses entered, but you won't be hearing any complaints from trainer John LeBlanc, who will send out Moonlit Beauty in search of some black type in the 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

"She's coming into the race great," said LeBlanc, who trains the homebred Moonlit Beauty for William Gierkink, father of Daily Racing Form correspondent Ron Gierkink. "I think our filly will run a powerful race."

Moonlit Beauty raced three times at 2, finishing second in her five-furlong opener and then a troubled fifth at 6 1/2 furlongs before faltering to end last of eight in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie.

"Last year, she was a little immature when we tried to stretch her out," said LeBlanc. "I'm putting it down to that. With the experience she has now, I think she'll be very competitive with these."

Moonlit Beauty certainly has elevated her game this year. Although she is coming off her maiden win, at seven furlongs, the filly also crossed the finish line in front three starts back only to be disqualified and placed last in the field of 14 for causing interference at the start.

"She's worked dynamite all year," said LeBlanc. "The big issue has been her nerves, keeping her settled."

LeBlanc credits rider Chantal Sutherland with a big assist in achieving that goal.

"Chantal's been a big plus," said LeBlanc. "She knows the filly well, and the filly runs well for her. She's been settling fantastic."

Tasty Temptation staying home

Tasty Temptation, who had been slated to run in Saturday's Alabama at Saratoga, will not be making the trip down from Woodbine.

"She missed a couple of days," said Mark Casse, who trains Tasty Temptation for Woodford Racing LLC. "I think she just pulled a muscle in her back. She's okay now, but you can't go to Saratoga after missing a few days training."

Casse is unsure of his next move with Tasty Temptation, who is coming off a game win here in the Wonder Where over 1 1/4 miles on soft turf.

Before that, Tasty Temptation had finished second in the Woodbine Oaks and fourth in the Queen's Plate.

Despite Tasty Temptation's absence, there will be plenty of Canadian content in the Alabama, with Milwaukee Appeal, Wynning Ride, and Careless Jewel in the lineup.

No Alberta trip, either

Casse also had been considering Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby for Gallant, who had defeated Milwaukee Appeal by a nose in the Prince of Wales before finishing sixth in the Breeders' over 1 1/2 miles on turf here last time out.

But upon reflection, Casse elected to keep Gallant at home rather than make the trip to Edmonton for the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby at Northlands Park.

"I thought about it, but it's a long ways away, it costs a lot to get there, and you're going to go to a track you know nothing about," said Casse.

Gallant instead could resurface in the Elgin, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward that will be one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes run here Sept. 7.

Gallant was a $95,000 purchase at the select session of the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's yearling sale.

Breeders' also-rans work for next

Genius Kinshasa and Flip for the Coin both breezed five furlongs here Wednesday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements.

Both geldings ran in the Breeders' last time out, with Genius Kinshasa setting the pace before ending ninth and Flip for the Coin a nonthreatening 10th in the field of 13.

"I liked the way they worked," said trainer Vito Armata, after watching Genius Kinshasa breeze in 1:03.20 and Flip for the Coin go in 1:01.40.

Genius Kinshasa, a $5,200 buy at the preferred session of the local yearling sale, has been nominated to both the Elgin and the Halton, which is the one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward on the yearling sales stakes card.

Flip for the Coin, a homebred, should make his next appearance in the $125,000 Vice Regent, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here Aug. 6.

Attfield pair in breeze

Lady Shakespeare and Callwood Dancer, both trained by Roger Attfield, were clocked in 49.60 seconds breezing four furlongs in company here Wednesday.

Regular riders Emma-Jayne Wilson, on Lady Shakespeare, and Eurico Rosa Da Silva, on Callwood Dancer, did the honors.

Lady Shakespeare, winner of her last three starts, including the allowance prep for the Ontario Colleen, is heading for the Ontario Colleen, a one-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies here Aug. 30.

Callwood Dancer, off since finishing fourth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles on turf here July 11, is heading for the Canadian, a Grade 2, $300,000 stakes over the same distance and surface on Sept. 20.

"She hasn't been doing as well as I wanted her to," said Attfield. "I have trouble getting a line on her on Polytrack, but the turf's closed right now.'

The training track turf course is getting a two-week summer freshening and is due to reopen on Sept. 2.