08/18/2009 11:00PM

Not Bourbon won't race this year


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Not Bourbon, Canada's champion 3-year-old male and winner of the 2008 Queen's Plate, will not make it to the races this season.

Scratched from his scheduled first start of the year in the open Bold Venture on July 19 to await the restricted Shepperton here at Woodbine on Aug. 5, Not Bourbon was not right on the morning entries were taken.

While initially the injury was believed to have been minor, Not Bourbon did not come around and extensive testing was undertaken.

"He has a stress fracture in his shoulder," said trainer Roger Attfield. "I feared that. We'd blocked [frozen] him all the way up to there, and he was still lame. He must have done it galloping."

Attfield, who trains Not Bourbon for Charles Fipke, said the colt's injury will mend in due course and Not Bourbon could return to the races next season.

"That will be up to Chuck, whether to bring him back or stand him at stud," said Attfield.

Not Bourbon also won the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, the seven-furlong Queenston, and the seven-furlong Overskate during his championship campaign.

Through 12 career starts Not Bourbon has compiled a record of

6 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, and earnings of $1,041,160.

Miss Keller debuts in Lake Placid

Things have not gone particularly well for Attfield at Saratoga this summer.

But, the indomitable Attfield will be traveling back there to saddle Miss Keller, an Irish-bred filly whom he trains for Three Chimneys Racing, for Thursday's Grade 2 Lake Placid.

Miss Keller, who made the first seven starts of her career in Ireland, will be debuting for Attfield in the $150,000 Lake Placid, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

"I like her quite a bit," said Attfield, after watching Miss Keller breeze four furlongs in 50.20 seconds under exercise rider Suzanne Lorimer here Tuesday morning. "She looks like a nice filly. She's done everything I asked her to do, which hasn't been too much."

Attfield had met Miss Keller for the first time after she arrived at Saratoga from Ireland to run in the July 31 Lake George, a Grade 3 race for 3-year-old fillies which was scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf.

But when rain washed the Lake George off the grass onto a very

sloppy surface, both Miss Keller and Lady Shakespeare, who had shipped down from Woodbine for Attfield, were scratched.

Attfield did get two horses to the post in his second trip to the Spa but the results were mixed as Midnight Mischief finished an encouraging fifth in last Friday's Grade 2 Hall of Fame but Musketier ended a very disappointing ninth in Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer.

Midnight Mischief, making his stakes and turf debut in the Hall of Fame, finished well to be beaten just 3 3/4 lengths.

"I thought it was a pretty decent race," said Attfield. "They went a mile and an eighth in 1:45 and 4, and came their last eighth in 12."

Musketier, who got involved in a speed duel while three wide in the Sword Dancer, had nothing left for the closing furlongs of the 1 1/2-mile turf race.

"It was a mess," said Attfield, who had sent out Musketier to run second in Belmont's Grade 1 Man o' War over 1 3/8 miles on turf in his start prior to the Sword Dancer.

Musketier, a 7-year-old horse who races for Johanna Glen-Teven, should be making his next appearance at home in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race on Sept. 20.

Midnight Mischief, however, could be back on the road for Saratoga's Grade 3, $100,000 Saranac, a 1 3/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds on

Sept. 6.

Tutti Buona Gente, a winner of his last start here under first-level allowance terms at 1 1/16 miles, and Perfect Shower, coming off a major upset in the Breeders' at 1 1/2 miles on turf, also are Saranac possibilities.

Perfect Shower would be looking to follow the examples set by Marlang in 2008 and Jambalaya in 2005, as both doubled up in the Saranac after winning the Breeders'.

Shoal Water, who finished second to Wando in the 2003 Breeders', won the Saranac in his next start.

Don's Folly pointing to Kenora

Don's Folly breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 under regular rider Slade Callaghan here Tuesday and is slated to make his next start in the Kenora.

The Kenora, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be one of six $125,000 stakes, restricted to horses who went through the ring at the local sales, on the Sept. 7


Don's Folly, owned by Don Cole, was a $50,000 purchase at the 2006 sale and won the seven-furlong Simcoe, which is the yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings, when trained by Mike DePaulo.

After missing all of last season, Don's Folly came back to trainer Ian Black and has recorded a win and a pair of seconds from five appearances.

In his last start, which came in the 6 1/2- furlong Shepperton, Don's Folly finished 4 1/2 lengths back in fourth behind winner Drunken Love, who also is eyeing the Kenora.

Canadian yearling sale begins Sept. 8

The selected session of the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's yearling sale will take place at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion here Tuesday, Sept. 8, with the open session following on Saturday, Sept. 12.

A live webcast will be offered through both sales, in which a total of 464 horses have been cataloged with more than 105 sires represented.

Perks include airfare rebates to out-of-province buyers and special rates at nearby hotels.

For additional information contact the CTHS at 416 675-3602.

* Tickets remain available for next Thursday's Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner, which will take place at the nearby Mississauga Convention Centre. For information contact Anna MacLeod at (905) 385-9454.