10/29/2008 12:00AM

Milwaukee Appeal is Fairlie's pinch-hitter


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - In a kinder world, trainer Scott Fairlie could have been sending out Cawaja Beach as the favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Woodbine.

But with Cawaja Beach having been forced to the sidelines, Fairlie has had to go to the bench and call Milwaukee Appeal's number for the Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Cawaja Beach, a three-time stakes winner in her first four starts, will be undergoing stem cell surgery to heal a lesion in a tendon, an injury which she probably sustained when running her record to 4 for 4 here in the Oct. 1 Victorian Queen.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee Appeal won her maiden at five furlongs for a $40,000 price in her second start and then doubled up in a first-level allowance at six furlongs.

But in her latest appearance, the Grade 3 Natalma over one mile of soft turf, Milwaukee Appeal finished a distant seventh in the field of 10.

"She just didn't really handle the going," said Fairlie.

Milwaukee Appeal will be making her first start around two turns in the Princess Elizabeth and Fairlie is optimistic about her prospects.

"Her sire was a two-turn horse; her dam was more of a sprinter," said Fairlie. "But, she's very rateable. She seems like a filly who should be able to get two turns."

High Mist tries two turns

The Princess Elizabeth is an early-closing stakes and a total of 93 fillies remained eligible through the last nomination stage on Aug. 1.

But when the entries closed at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday a field of just seven had been assembled and two, including leading contender High Mist, were $7,500 supplements.

High Mist, trained by Reade Baker, is 3 for 3, including a win in the six-furlong Fanfreluche last time out, and will be trying two turns for the first time.

Baker won last year's Princess Elizabeth with Mrs. Began, a maiden who defeated four rivals.

Monty's Best ships for Iroquois

Monty's Best, who graduated in impressive fashion over seven furlongs here Oct. 3, will represent the Baker stable in Saturday's Iroquois at Churchill Downs.

The Iroquois, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

Monty's Best, a Florida-bred owned by Jim and Susan Hill, had finished second at six furlongs in his only other start here Sept. 6.

Robby Albarado has picked up the mount on Monty's Best for the Iroquois.

Northern Netti goes for fourth straight

Baker also plans to see stakes action here Sunday with Northern Netti, a 3-year-old filly who will be looking to run her unbeaten record to four in the six-furlong Ontario Fashion.

Northern Netti, also owned by the Hills, has been off since winning the seven-furlong Bouwerie at Belmont on May 4 and will be facing older fillies and mares for the first time in the $150,000 Ontario Fashion at six furlongs.

Others eyeing the Ontario Fashion include Lucas Street and Glitter Rox, the 1-2 finishers in the six-furlong prep here Oct. 13.

Glitter Rox, a 4-year-old trained by Ian Black, became a stakes winner on turf when she captured the seven-furlong Belle Geste here Oct. 13.

"It doesn't seem to matter what surface she's on, but she's probably a little better going six and a half or seven furlongs," said Black.

Lunar Linda, who won her maiden over a mile and 70 yards here Oct. 17, breezed four furlongs in 49.60 seconds here Wednesday and is slated to make her stakes debut for the Black barn in the Nov. 12 South Ocean.

The $125,000 South Ocean, a 1o1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies, attracted just 11 nominees.

Ice Bear points to Autumn

Ice Bear, who finished a close second here in last Sunday's Labeeb over one mile of turf, is slated to make his final appearance of the season in the Nov. 9 Autumn at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

"He seems to run good on Polytrack, as well as turf," said Mac Benson. "He ran his race last Sunday."

The Grade 2, $150,000 Autumn, for 3-year-olds and upward, attracted 18 nominees. Other leading candidates include True Metropolitan, Palladio, and Marchfield.

Ice Bear, a homebred 4-year-old gelding who races for George Strawbridge Jr., won two allowance races and has been stakes-placed on the turf this year. He also captured the With Approval on the main track.

Ginger Brew returns in Jammed Lovely

The Autumn will share top billing with the $150,000 Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

Heading the list of 13 nominees for the Jammed Lovely are Ginger Brew, winner of the Woodbine Oaks, and Authenicat, who has captured the Passing Mood and the Eternal Search at this meeting.

Ginger Brew is scheduled to make her first appearance since the June 22 Queen's Plate, while Authenicat's last start was a second-place finish in the Sept. 13 La Prevoyante over one mile of yielding turf.

"That turf race really knocked her out, so we freshened her a little bit," said Josie Carroll, who trains Authenicat.

Coronation next for Utterly Cool

Utterly Cool, a smashing 10 1/4-length winner here in last Sunday's Cup and Saucer over 1 1/16 miles of turf, is scheduled to make his main track debut in the Nov. 16 Coronation Futurity.

"I'm going to give him a shot at the Coronation," said Sid Attard, who trains the homebred Utterly Cool for Mel Lawson's Jim Dandy Stable. "He's trained good on the Polytrack."

The $250,000 Coronation Futurity is a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.