06/26/2008 11:00PM

My Dear attracts quality shippers


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Grade 2 King Edward was on tap here Saturday and the Grade 3 Dominion Day is coming up Tuesday, but the race of the long weekend should be Monday's My Dear Stakes.

The $150,000 My Dear, a five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, has attracted invaders from the barns of Wesley Ward and Todd Pletcher plus a three-pack of fillies from trainer Steve Asmussen's local shed row

Ward's contestant is My Sweet Natalie, who defeated males when she debuted in a two-furlong dash here April 20.

My Sweet Natalie has worked very well at Keeneland in the interim and on Wednesday checked back into Woodbine, where she has taken up temporary residence in the barn of local trainer John MacKenzie. Elvis Trujillo picks up the mount.

Royal Card, based with Pletcher at Saratoga, also is 1 for 1 after winning over 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland on April 19. John Velazquez will be back aboard.

The Asmussen triumvirate consists of Juliet's Spirit, a winner over 4 1/2 furlongs here in her June 7 debut; A Day for Dancing, who ran second to Royal Card in her opener at Keeneland and then graduated at 4 1/2 furlongs here May 17; and Fanci Candi, second to My Sweet Natalie in her first start and victorious in her second try at two furlongs on May 3.

Jim McAleney again gets the call on Juliet's Spirit, Patrick Husbands returns aboard A Day for Dancing, and Eurico Rosa da Silva replaces McAleney on Fanci Candi.

No Oaks rematch desired

The connections of Initforreal and Nicki Knew, a couple of fringe player from the Woodbine Oaks, certainly are not mourning the absence of Ginger Brew from Sunday's $250,000 Bison City.

"With Ginger Brew out of it, it sure opens things up a lot," said Arthur Silvera, who sent out Initforreal to finish fourth in the Woodbine Oaks.

Kevin Attard, who saddled Nicki Knew for a fifth-place Woodbine Oaks finish, seconded the sentiment.

"We're going to give it a shot, seeing as how Ginger Brew's not running," said Attard.

Initforreal was making her third start of the season in the Woodbine Oaks and coming off a close third-place finish in the Grade 3 Selene, an open race for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles here May 18. In the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, Initforreal finished 9 1/2 lengths behind the victorious Ginger Brew but just 3 1/2 lengths shy of runner-up Victory Romance and a neck behind show horse Authenicat.

"She ran very well. It's a shame she got nosed out for third," said Silvera.

"I think my filly's in with a good shot here. If she runs back to the Selene, she should be right there."

Nicki Knew was beaten a total of 10 lengths making her third start of the year in the Woodbine Oaks and coming off a second-place finish in the seven-furlong Lady Angela on May 24.

"I was happy with her performance - she ran a good race," said trainer Kevin Attard. "We got trapped in on the rail a bit behind a dead horse, and that might have cost her.

"That was her first two-turn event, and I think she's just a natural route horse.

I expect her to continue to move forward from there."

Jiggs Coz going in Dominion Day

Jiggs Coz is into the mix for Tuesday's Grade 3, $200,000 Dominion Day, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward that is expected to be headlined by the formidable pair of True Metropolitan and Sterwins.

Owned by Jim Dandy Stable and trained by Sid Attard, Jiggs Coz underwent ankle surgery after finishing second in the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie last summer.

In his only start this spring, Jiggs Coz led early in the Connaught Cup, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, but tired to finish ninth under regular rider David Clark.

Jiggs Coz also had been nominated to Saturday's King Edward over 1 1/8 miles on turf but Attard opted for the return to the main track.

"I'm trying to pick the better race here," said Attard. "I think it's going to be a short field, and David Clark thinks he's better on Polytrack.

"I was a little disappointed in his last start. He was a little too sharp, and I didn't expect him to be on the lead."

Jiggs Coz ran well in his only previous try at 1 1/4 miles, finishing third in last year's Queen's Plate.

Casse pair hit West Coast

Sealy Hill, Canada's Horse of the Year in 2007 for trainer Mark Casse, has been at Hollywood Park since Monday preparing for the July 5 Vanity Handicap.

Accompanying Sealy Hill, who vanned down to Kentucky and then caught a flight west, was Clearly Foxy, who is scheduled to make her last start for Casse there in the same day's American Oaks.

Patrick Husbands, Sealy Hill's regular rider, is scheduled to make his California debut in the Grade 1, $300,000 Vanity, a 1 1/8-mile main-track race for fillies and mares.

Garrett Gomez has the mount on Clearly Foxy in the Grade 1, $750,000 American Oaks, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Clearly Foxy, formerly owned by Charles Laloggia, was sold to Overbrook Farm after winning under second-level allowance terms over 1 1/16 miles of turf at Churchill Downs on May 23.

Casse's son and assistant, Norman Casse, is with Sealy Hill and Clearly Foxy at Hollywood Park.

Moore's ban ends Sunday

Apprentice jockey Matt Moore will return from a three-day suspension on Sunday.

The stewards had ruled that Moore came in with his mount, Shupan, and interfered with It's for Sure during the second race on Wednesday, June 18.

Shupan finished second but was disqualified and placed seventh.