07/25/2001 12:00AM

Near-miss Attfield reloads


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Roger Attfield didn't make the winner's circle with four stakes starters last weekend.

But it wasn't as if he came away empty-handed, as each of his four horses earned big paychecks. A Fleets Dancer earned $80,000 for his second-place finish in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington. Muntej made $54,700 for running second here in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy. Poetically picked up $16,000 after finishing fourth in the Delaware Oaks, and Torrid Affair took home $5,500 for her fourth in Delaware's Light Hearted.

And Attfield will be back swinging here Saturday, when he saddles Galadriel in the $134,625 Nandi, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Galadriel, a $100,000 buy at the local select yearling sale, is a daughter of Ascot Knight out of the Devil's Bag mare, Enchanted Spell.

Owned by Kinghaven Farm, Galadriel was a handful before the start of her July 4 debut, first taking exception to the horse identifier's attempt to read her lip tattoo and then battling the gate crew's efforts to get her loaded.

The race itself was a more peaceful experience for Galadriel as she set the early pace before giving way to Misty Expectation, finishing 6 1/2 lengths back in second but 2 1/4 lengths before the third finisher.

Misty Expectation was making her second career start, after losing by a neck as the runner-up to La Loche in her debut, with Irish Line 4 3/4 lengths back in third.

La Loche and Irish Line subsequently ran in the Shady Well, the former finishing fifth and the latter third, and Irish Line also is back for the Nandi.

Galadriel will start from post 3 in the Nandi under Garry Boulanger while Irish Line, who is owned by Gary Vasey and Merrill Barry, breaks from 7 with Steve Bahen aboard.

Rounding out the field for the Nandi, in post order, will be Parisia, Asfarasyoucansea, Matter of Law, Rosharon, Jade Eyed, Starship Gold and Barbarella.

So many races, so little time

A Fleets Dancer, a 6-year-old owned by Cam Allard, is in career form at the moment and may be heading out of town once again for his next engagement.

"There are three races for him, all within a week," said Attfield, noting A Fleets Dancers options include the Aug. 19 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap; Del Mar's Pacific Classic, also Aug. 19; and Monmouth's Aug. 26 Philip H. Iselin Handicap.

The $300,000 Saratoga BC and the $350,000 Iselin both are Grade 2 races, the Saratoga at 1 1/4 miles and the Iselin at 1 1/8 miles. The $1 million Pacific Classic is a Grade 1, 1 1/4-mile race.

Muntej, owned by Alfred and a host of partners, turned in his best effort of the season fishing second in the Hong Kong Trophy and should continue on the local turf route trail in the Sept. 1 Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap.

The Niagara BC, a Grade 2, 1/2-mile race worth $300,000, is the major local prep for the $1.5 million Canadian International over the same surface and distance. This year's running of the Canadian International will be held Sept. 30.

Poetically, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly last year for Kinghaven, has yet to find the range in three starts this season and probably will make her next appearance here at Woodbine.

"I don't want to shorten her back up for the Duchess," said Attfield, with reference to the seven-furlong race Aug. 11, which is the next stakes for the division. "I might try her on the grass."

That opportunity will present itself in the Aug. 26 Ontario Colleen, a $100,000, one-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Torrid Affair, a 4-year-old filly who has won two sprint stakes for Kinghaven here this year, is nominated to the Royal North, a six-furlong turf handicap here Aug. 4, but is not slated to participate.

"She ran a dismal race on turf," said Attfield, noting Torrid Affair had finished sixth in last year's Royal North in her only try on the medium.

The $100,000 Seaway, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares Sept. 2, is the next main-track stakes here for the filly and mare division.

Sea Red bled

Attfield also is looking forward to the return of Red Sea, who was an eye-catching winner in his local debut in a division of the Connaught Cup at 1 1/16 miles of yielding turf here May 26, but then finished third, only to be disqualified and placed fifth, in the King Edward Breeders' Cup at 1 1/8 miles of firm going here June 10.

"He bled in that race," said Attfield, "so I backed off on him a little bit."

Red Sea drilled five furlongs on the turf training track here Sunday in 59.40 seconds.

"I might train him up to the Atto Mile," said Attfield, "or he might go out of town, too."

The $1 million Atto Mile, a Grade 1 turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be run here Sept. 9.