09/22/2005 11:00PM

Noble Stella tough, if she goes

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Noble Stella might wheel back on short rest in Sunday's Flaming Page.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Noble Stella looks like a class standout in the $109,000 Flaming Page, if she indeed participates in the supporting feature on Sunday's program at Woodbine.

The Flaming Page, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares, is an overnight stakes, and Noble Stella finished a solid fourth here just last Sunday in the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.

"She came out of that race feeling super-good about herself," trainer Roger Attfield said here Friday morning. "But whether I want to do this or not, I'm not sure. I have another two days to decide."

Noble Stella, owned by Gary Tanaka, is the only graded-stakes winner in the Flaming Page field, having captured the Grade 3 Dance Smartly at 1 1/8 miles on turf here in July, and is proven at the 1 1/2-mile distance.

Attfield said Noble Stella's next major target is the $150,000 Dowager, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares at Keeneland on Oct. 23, and the timing would not be incompatible with a Flaming Page appearance.

Sheer Enchantment, winner of her last two starts for trainer Abraham Katryan, is the up-and-comer in the Flaming Page's field of nine.

Fifth in the Flaming Page as a 3-year-old last year, Sheer Enchantment comes into this year's running after rallying smartly to post back-to-back turf victories while passing through her first two allowance conditions. Those successes came over one mile and 1 1/16 miles.

"I'm looking forward to going a mile and a half with her again," Katryan said. "She's a much better filly this year; she's come a long way."

Get Set, trained by Malcolm Pierce, also has won her last two starts. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred, Get Set scored under second-level allowance conditions at 1 1/16 miles on turf here June 23, and returned Aug. 21 to win her next condition in an off-the-turf race at a mile and 70 yards.

"She's doing super, but I'm a little leery about the mile and a half for her," Pierce said. "I'm looking for some black type for her."

The richest member of the Flaming Page field is Spanish Decree, a 6-year-old who has banked $841,103 in 46 career starts for her owner, trainer, and breeder, Frank Huarte.

Spanish Decrees has yet to race beyond 1 1/16 miles, the distance at which she won the Victoriana over yielding going and defeated Ontario-sired opposition in her last start here Aug. 21.

Run Justin Run smart to wait

Run Justin Run had seemed a logical candidate for last Sunday's $250,000 Summer Stakes.

The Summer was a one-mile turf race, and Run Justin Run, a 2-year-old gelding, had been an impressive maiden winner at seven furlongs on grass when making his third career start here Sept. 3.

But John Ross, who trains the homebred Run Justin Run for the Terra Farm of Dom Romeo, elected to await this Sunday's Swynford, a seven-furlong dirt race that drew just four entrants.

"I thought the Swynford might come up with a smaller, tidier field," Ross said. "It turned out the Summer didn't come up quite as tough as I'd thought, but it was too close for him. I wanted to give him the extra space."

Run Justin Run debuted here July 17, faltering over six furlongs of muddy going. But in his second outing, on Aug. 20, Run Justin Road finished an encouraging second behind Badge of Truth, who came back to be the runner-up in the Summer.

"In my mind, he's a versatile kind of horse," said Ross said. "But, his preference might be for turf. His main goal this fall is the Cup and Saucer."

The $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile grass race for Canadian-breds, will be run here Oct. 16.

Seaside Retreat targets Grey

Seaside Retreat also passed on the Summer despite scoring convincingly in the seven-furlong turf prep here Sept. 1.

Mark Casse, who trains Seaside Retreat, also felt the timing was not right, and has elected to point Seaside Retreat for the Grade 3, $250,000 Grey, a 1 1/16-mile race here Oct. 10.

On Friday, Seaside Retreat worked a mile over the good main track in 1:42.60.

Ablo, Palladio work in company

Palladio and Ablo, both major stakes winners for Attfield this year, breezed four furlongs in 47.60 seconds while going in company on the training track, rated fast. Regular rider Richard Dos Ramos was aboard Palladio, while Gerry Olguin took his usual seat aboard Ablo.

Palladio, winner of the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, and Ablo, winner of the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, both have been nominated to the $150,000 Ontario Derby here Oct. 9.

Attfield said both colts could start in the Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds. Palladio is considered a definite candidate.

Bratt'sstablestar sent to Kentucky

Bratt'sstablestar, a 10-length winner of a 5 1/2-furlong B-level maiden special in her only start here on Sept. 1, has been sold privately for an undisclosed sum and is now at Churchill Downs with trainer Tom Amoss.

Owner-trainer Bob Tiller purchased Bratt'sstablestar, a Florida-bred 2-year-old filly, for $3,500 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale.

Bratt'sstablestar, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 72 for her victory, came back to breeze five furlongs in 59.60 seconds here Sept. 11.

Montpellier to sit out five days

Jockey Constant Montpellier will be sitting out five of the next six racing days here, beginning Sunday, after the Ontario Racing Commission dismissed his appeal of an earlier ruling.

Montpellier has the call on Silent Course, who is probable for next Saturday's Mazarine, and will be allowed to ride in that stakes race in exchange for sitting out next Sunday's card.

Jockey Jerry Baird will be on the sidelines here Wednesday and Thursday after the commission reduced a three-day suspension to two days at his appeal hearing.