Updated on 09/16/2011 8:05AM

Lush Soldier fights again in Colleen


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Lush Soldier lost the battle, running second in the Ontario Colleen prep here Aug. 9.

But David Bell, who trains Lush Soldier for John Franks, is hoping the filly can win the war when she goes for the bigger money in the Colleen itself Sunday at Woodbine.

"Last time, she had the outside post," said Bell. "She'd had a long time between races and there wasn't much speed in there."

Lush Soldier, being Florida-bred, does not have an abundance of racing opportunities in Canada, and had been off for almost eight weeks last time, when she broke from post 9 in the one-mile turf allowance.

"She was a little too sharp," said Bell, who had watched Lush Soldier force the pace and forge to the front midway on the turn but come up short in the closing stages.

"She's done that before when she's on the lead, she doesn't finish strong. She's better if she can get covered up and sit off it. There should be more speed in here and I think a mile is the perfect distance for her, with the right trip."

Silver Nithi out of Wonder Where

Silver Nithi, winner of the Wonder Where Stakes her last start here Aug. 5, had been under consideration for Saturday's Belle Geste, but was not entered in that 1 1/8-mile turf race.

"She just got a touch of the virus last week," said Bell. "She hasn't missed a day, training or galloping. I just didn't want to rush her ? she has lots of options."

Silver Nithi has been nominated to the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap, a $250,000 race for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf here Sept. 8.

In addition to her Wonder Where win, which came over 1 1/4 miles on grass, Silver Nithi took the 1 1/16-mile Labatt Bison City at Fort Erie and finished second to Ginger Gold in the 1 1/8 mile Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

The three races make up the Canadian Triple Tiara.

Bell to put Vie for Fame in Halton

Bell plans to be represented in one of the six $100,000 yearling sales stakes here Sept. 2 with Vie for Fame, slated for the Halton, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

Vie for Fame, a 4-year-old colt owned by Ivan Dalos, has been knocking on the door recently while competing in entry-level turf allowance routes.

The Halton would be the second stakes appearance for Vie for Fame, who finished a distant fifth here in last year's six-horse Breeders' field.

Bell also had nominated Tacky Affair to the 1 1/16-mile Algoma, for fillies and mares, but she will not be participating.

"She got sick two days after her last race," said Bell. "She spiked a temperature of 103, and she's been struggling since."

Tacky Affair, a 3-year-old owned by Mike and Nick Nosowenko, finished fourth last time out in the Grade 3 Duchess, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Mulrainy, winner of the Duchess for Wings for Erin Farm and trainer Tom O'Keefe, looms as the filly to beat in the Algoma.

Jockey rulings and doings

Jockey Chantal Sutherland will serve a three-day suspension, beginning Wednesday, after her appeal of an earlier ruling was denied by the Thoroughbred Industry Board of Appeal.

Patrick Husbands has been fined $200 for striking another horse on the nose with his whip during the stretch run of the tenth race here Aug. 16.

Husbands was aboard second-place finisher J B Zero and his errant whip clipped the winner, Amber Ale.

Husbands also has been fined $200 for failing to persevere with his mount, Silver Yukon, in the second race here Aug. 18. The stewards ruled Husbands stood up before the wire while aboard second-place Silver Yukon, who was beaten by 3 3/4 lengths, but ended three lengths ahead of the third-place finisher.

Jockey Na Somsanith rode career win number 1,000 at Woodbine Friday aboard Seattle Spooner, who led all the way to prevail by 7 3/4 lengths in the second race on the card. Somsanith, a 34-year-old native of Laos, won his first race at Philadelphia Park on Dec. 5, 1990, aboard Chance of Luck.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink

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