10/15/2001 11:00PM

Numerous Times accommodated for sloppy track work


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A pair of hopefuls for the Oct. 27 World Thoroughbred Championship Breeders' Cup races at Belmont Park tuned up at Woodbine on Tuesday, with Numerous Times and A Fleets Dancer braving the slop and showers.

Numerous Times, who has been pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Mile, according to trainer Sid Attard, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 under regular rider Patrick Husbands. He went in company with Apalachee Anne, a 4-year-old filly who was clocked in 1:01.

The two were the only horses to work over the main track, which was opened to accommodate Numerous Times.

"They were going to let us use the turf," said Attard. "But with the rain, they let us go on the main track."

Numerous Times, a 4-year-old Ontario-bred, is perfect in his six outings, including the Grade 1 Atto Mile, which was his stakes debut. He would be making his first start in seven weeks in the BC Mile.

"It looks like he's still in top shape," said Attard.

A Fleets Dancer, who has been pre-entered in the BC Classic, according to trainer Roger Attfield, worked four furlongs in 50.80 seconds on the training track under regular rider Robert Landry.

"I just wanted to get something into him," said Attfield.

A 6-year-old horse owned by Cam Allard, A Fleets Dancer is coming off a smashing win here in the Oct. 7 Durham Cup at 1 1/8 miles and earlier won the Dominion Day here over the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

In three trips south of the border this summer, A Fleets Dancer placed in stakes while finishing behind the likes of Classic candidates Aptitude and Guided Tour.

Attfield, aware that A Fleets Dancer could wind up on the outside looking in if the Classic is oversubscribed, also has nominated him to the Stuyvesant, a $100,000 race on the BC undercard, and the $150,000 Fayette at Keeneland the following day. Both the Stuyvesant and Fayette are Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile races.

A Fleets Dancer also could stay at Woodbine and run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Autumn, a 1 1/16-mile race Nov. 10, and the $100,000 Valedictory, a 1 3/4-mile race here closing day, Dec. 2, in which he romped last year.

Free Vacation and Red Sea, also trained by Attfield, worked five furlongs in company in 1:02.80. Both are headed for the Grade 2 Sky Classic Handicap, a $150,000, 1 3/8-mile turf race here Oct. 28.

Strong Stronach entry

The Stronach Stable entry of Love and Marry and Royal Corona, both trained by Malcolm Pierce, should be favored in Thursday's feature, an $80,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs on the grass.

Turf specialist Love and Marry has won three of five starts this year, including her 2001 debut at Gulfstream Park. She subsequently finished second in a preliminary allowance at Keeneland, and she won at that condition here July 4, beating a strong field.

Love and Marry faded to finish ninth after stalking a fast pace in the Aug. 26 Ontario Colleen Handicap. She led most of the way to capture her last outing, a $62,500 optional claimer, running seven furlongs in 1:24 under Robert Landry.

Royal Corona is also in the midst of a productive campaign, having won three of seven starts on dirt and turf this year. She won her first start of 2001 in a Gulfstream maiden special, and was third in her first grass try here June 9.

Royal Corona won a 6 1/2-furlong allowance on the grass July 15, and also found the mark last time at that same distance in an optional claimer on the main track.

Landry was named on both fillies by Pierce, who is among the leading turf trainers at the Woodbine meet.

Legends recognized

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will hold a ceremony here Friday honoring the new inductees to its "Legends of the Past" category, which was inaugurated last year and recognizes people and horses who played important roles in the development of Canadian racing.

This year's lone equine inductee in the Thoroughbred category is Martimas, who began his career in 1898 and was a multiple stakes winner in the United States and Canada. His trainer, Ed Whyte, also will be honored Friday.

Other trainers who will be recognized are Charles Boyle, Morris Fishman, Dr. R.K. "Doc" Hodgson, and John Dyment Jr.

Boyle trained four Queen's Plate winners, beginning with Palermo in 1862.

Fishman was a successful jockey before his lengthy training career. His best horse was Canada's Teddy, winner of the Canadian Championship at Long Branch in 1948.

Hodgson trained the filly Casa Camara, who was Canada's best 2-year-old and defeated males in several important stakes in 1946.

John Dyment Jr. trained two Plate winners before his death in 1912 at age 35. His relatives A.E. and Nathaniel Dyment, along with Robert Davies and Willie Morrisey, will be recognized in the "builder" category for their overall contributions to the Thoroughbred industry.

Nathaniel Dyment, grandfather of John Dyment Jr., was a prominent owner and breeder. His son, Albert Dyment, was president of the OJC from 1924 to 1942.

Davies was the only man to ride in the Queen's Plate and also to own, train, and breed winners of the race. He was vice president of the Ontario Jockey Club from 1895 to 1904.

Morrissey was one of the most colorful figures in Canadian racing history. He bred both Bunty Lawless and Casa Camara, who have preceded him into the Hall of Fame, and was the first president of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association in 1949.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink