10/12/2010 2:47PM

Lull in arrivals for Canadian International


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – With a number of European and American shippers yet to arrive, Tuesday was a rather quiet day on the Canadian International Day front.

The $2 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be one of three Grade 1 turf stakes on Saturday’s card, along with the $1 million E.P. Taylor for fillies and mares and the $500,000 Nearctic for 3-year-olds and upward.

The E.P. Taylor goes at 1 1/4 miles and the Nearctic at six furlongs.

The most recent shipper to check in was Memorial Maniac, a Canadian International candidate who vanned up from his Keeneland base on Monday for trainer Larry Demeritte.

Memorial Maniac, a 5-year-old gelding, had the look of a live longshot when he was here for last month’s Northern Dancer over the Canadian International’s course and distance.

A slow pace compromised Memorial Maniac’s chances that day, however, and although he finished gamely, he wound up being beaten 8 1/4 lengths as the fifth-place finisher.

Regular rider James Graham retains the mount on Memorial Maniac.

Europeans taking in the grounds

Five Europeans checked in last Saturday and have been familiarizing themselves with their new surroundings without doing any serious work.

Contredanse, Gallic Star, Lahaleeb, and Pachattack are here for the E.P. Taylor, while Serious Attitude’s target is the Nearctic.

Contredanse, trained by Luca Cumani, took some light exercise on the Polytrack Tuesday morning with her traveling companion Hayley Burton in the irons.

“She’s doing extremely well,” said Ian Willows, who is an assistant trainer in the Cumani operation. “She had two hard days of travel, but she’s come right along.”

Lahaleeb, the upset winner of last year’s E.P. Taylor, toured the turf course along with Gallic Star.

Contredanse and Gallic Star finished second and sixth, respectively, in their last starts, the Group 3 Prix de la Nonette over about 1 1/4 miles on good turf at Deauville on Aug. 22.

Pachattack has crossed the Atlantic for the second time this season fter running sixth in the Grade 1 Beverly D. over 1 3/16 miles on good going at Arlington on Aug. 21.

Lahaleeb finished second in the Group 1 Sun Chariot over a mile of soft turf at Newmarket on Oct. 2 in her second start for her new trainer Paul d’Arcy.

Her regular rider, John Egan and assistant Georgie Kerr are overseeing Lahaleeb’s preparations here.

Attfield four get in gallops

Trainer Roger Attfield’s pair of Canadian International candidates, Spice Route and Simmard, and E.P. Taylor hopefuls Miss Keller and Mekong Melody all galloped over the main turf course here Tuesday.