07/28/2002 11:00PM

Numerous Times to undergo ankle surgery


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Numerous Times, winner of the Grade 1 Atto Mile at last September and Canada's champion turf horse of 2001, is through for the season.

"He has a chip in his left front ankle," said Bob Harvey, a principal of The Committee Stable, which owns Numerous Times.

Numerous Times was to undergo surgery Wednesday and have three or four months off before returning to light training.

"He'll be fine," said Harvey, who expects Numerous Times to be back at the races next spring.

Sid Attard, who trains Numerous Times, said the horse also is "full of ulcers."

Numerous Times, a 5-year-old who also had a throat infection earlier this year, entered his current campaign undefeated in only six career starts, but ran second in his 2002 opener and fourth in two subsequent starts, including the June 23 Nearctic Handicap.

Attard and Harvey both theorize Numerous Times may have suffered the ankle injury when he was checked on the turn in the Nearctic, although Attard believes it also could have been the ulcers that were bothering the horse in his last start July 18.

An ankle problem also was costly to Numerous Times last year, when he was sent to Belmont for the Breeders' Cup Mile but was scratched a day before the race after wrenching his right front ankle in his stall.

Schnitzler scores another stakes win

Trainer Rita Schnitzler had her second consecutive stakes-winning Saturday at Woodbine as Boldest of All scored her first lifetime win in the Nandi.

Sambuca On Ice, a 5-year-old owned by Frank Romano, had notched his second stakes score of the season in the July 20 Bold Venture.

Both Sambuca On Ice and Boldest of All are sons of Bold Executive and are ridden by Patrick Husbands.

Owned by Mark Stubbs, Boldest of All was the top-ticket filly at $60,000 at this year's Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's 2-year-olds in training sale.

Boldest of All finished second after showing good speed in her debut, but failed to enter serious contention when running sixth in the Clarendon.

"That day, she just didn't break good," said Schnitzler. "She'd never had any dirt in her face [before that race], because she's always been so quick. In all her workouts, she was always faster than everyone else."

Schnitzler countered by taking Boldest of All back to the gate for her next work, a four-furlong drill in 49.20 seconds under Husbands.

"Patrick schooled her a little, so she wouldn't come out of there just gung-ho," said Schnitzler. "She worked really well."

The exercise paid off in the Nandi as Boldest of All broke well and relaxed on the lead before drawing off for a 2 1/2-length win.

Schnitzler is unsure of her next move with Boldest of All, who is not nominated to the open Ontario Debutante here Aug. 11. The next Ontario-sired stakes for the division is the $125,000 Victorian Queen, a six-furlong race here Oct. 2.

Sambuca On Ice eyes Shepperton

Meanwhile, Sambuca On Ice's next major target is the $125,000 Shepperton Stakes, a 6 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Aug. 24.

The Schnitzler stable will welcome back another stakes-caliber member this week - Embattle, who finished second in the seven-furlong Queenston here May 4 and returns from a farm freshening.

"We just gave him a month off," said Schnitzler. "We'd kind of prepped him for the Queen's Plate, and it took his wear and tear on him."

Embattle, also owned by Stubbs, had been taken off the Plate trail after finishing last of 11 in the Plate Trial here June 1. He then disappointed in two subsequent sprint starts.

Spill causes jockeys to miss rides

A spill in Sunday's second race had ramifications for the two stakes run later in the program.

Jockey Jim McAleney fell heavily to the track in oncoming traffic after bailing out when his mount, Ski Maker, broke down.

Jockey Chantal Sutherland also wound up losing the seat on her mount, Twistingbythepool, in the accident.

Sutherland sat out the next race, but returned and later won her first Woodbine stakes, aboard Biddy's Lad in the Bull Page.

Meanwhile, McAleney was forced to take off the rest of his mounts, and Steady Ruckus, whom he had been scheduled to ride in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes, won that race under Patrick Husbands.

The good news for McAleney was that he escaped the accident relatively unscathed and could be back in action Wednesday.

Mike Luider, McAleney's agent, said Monday that McAleney had been taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays and "vetted out."

"He's a little stiff and sore, but he's going to be okay," said Luider, adding that McAleney has a "small laceration over his eye," where he was brushed by a horse's hoof.

Sutherland to lose bug on Friday

The Bull Page win was timely for Sutherland, who was Canada's champion apprentice jockey last year and will be losing her bug Friday.

The stakes win also was the first for Biddy's Lad and the first for her trainer, Mike Doyle, who also co-owns the gelding in partnership with Bill and Helen Duffy.

Biddy's Lad, who was bred by Doyle, won his maiden in his third career start, on July 1, but then finished a faltering fourth in the Colin Stakes here less than two weeks later.

"His last race was a little disappointing," said Bill Duffy. "It just didn't work out for him the way we thought it would.

"But we were really hoping for a big race from him Sunday. He had shown all the right signs."

The Bull Page was the second stakes win for the Duffys, who are in their fourth year as owners under their Dura Racing banner.

Chamul, who they also own in partnership with Doyle's Springfield Stable, took the Star Shoot here last year.

A Fleets Dancer, El Soprano work

A Fleets Dancer and El Soprano, both trained by Roger Attfield, worked five furlongs in company on the training track here Sunday in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements.

A Fleets Dancer was clocked in 1:01 while El Soprano went in 1:01.40. A Fleets Dancer, a 7-year-old owned by Cam Allard, is headed for Sunday's $125,000 Seagram Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.

El Soprano, a 3-year-old owned by Stronach Stable, is eyeing the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the 1 1/2-mile turf race which is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown here Aug. 10.

"He's never worked as well on the dirt as he has [Sunday]," said Attfield, who took over as El Soprano's trainer this winter.