09/07/2003 11:00PM

Out-of-town riders get most of Mile mounts


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The locals outnumber the invaders heading into Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile, with the list of 11 candidates including four from the United States.

The ledger differs on the riding front, however, with six of the 10 named jockeys scheduled to fly in for the Grade 1 turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

The connections of two Woodbine-based hopefuls have engaged out-of-town riders, with Jose Santos picking up the mount on Perfect Soul and Gary Stevens on Numerous Times.

Robert Landry had ridden Perfect Soul in each of his seven local outings, but Corey Nakatani rode the horse in his last start, a fifth-place finish in the Arlington Million.

Landry lost his chance to ride Perfect Soul in the Atto Mile when he was injured in a serious spill here last Friday. Landry suffered two broken ribs and a displaced clavicle and will be out of action for four to six weeks while Emile Ramsammy emerged from the same mishap with cuts, bruises, and facial swelling.

Nakatani, meanwhile, was not available to return aboard Perfect Soul as he is the regular rider of Sarafan, one of two Neil Drysdale-trained runners slated to check in Wednesday for the Atto Mile.

On Saturday, Perfect Soul's trainer, Roger Attfield, announced that Santos had been had recruited.

"Jose Santos has given me a call for the rest of the year," said Attfield, explaining that he wanted a rider who would commit himself to Perfect Soul beyond Sunday's race, to the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Mile.

Numerous Times came in need of a rider because Patrick Husbands, his jockey for all 12 of his career starts, will be aboard Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando in the Atto Mile.

Stevens already was scheduled to be here Sunday to ride Hold the Ransom, who has checked in from England to contest the Grade 2, $250,000 Canadian Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Numerous Times, owned by The Committee Stable and trained by Sid Attard, won the 2001 Atto Mile but is winless in six subsequent outings.

Sunday, Numerous Times drilled six furlongs in 1:00.80 over Woodbine's turf training course with exercise rider Andy Syke in the saddle.

Day will ride Moonshine Hall

Pat Day, who won last year's Atto Mile aboard Good Journey, has been named on Moonshine Hall, a 3-year-old colt who has been based at Saratoga for trainer Tony Reinstedler but shipped to Woodbine for two turf stakes earlier this summer.

Mike Luzzi has the call on Tap the Admiral, a 5-year-old horse who has joined the Atto Mile lineup. Trained by Del Carroll, Tap the Admiral finished fourth behind Perfect Soul here in the King Edward on June 15.

Kent Desormeaux will ride Touch of the Blues, Drysdale's other runner.

Touch of the Blues worked seven furlongs on turf, around dogs, in 1:29 on Monday morning at Del Mar.

Fast five-furlong move by Wando

Wando worked for the Atto Mile here Sunday, zipping five furlongs in 58.20 seconds over the E.P. Taylor course with Husbands in the saddle.

Going in company with his regular workmate, Last Answer, Wando lagged about 10 lengths behind before rolling on by.

"He spotted the horse a lot of ground, and closed up real nice behind the lane," said Mike Keogh, who trains Wando for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz.

"He really likes to take dead aim at other horses. He rates nice and kind."

Soaring Free and Chopinina had their final major Atto Mile tune-ups on the main track here last Saturday, both working five furlongs.

Soaring Free was clocked in 1:00.20 under Todd Kabel, who has ridden the 4-year-old Soaring Free to five consecutive wins this year.

"He galloped out real good," said Mark Frostad, who trains Soaring Free for Sam-Son Farm.

Chopinina, a 5-year-old mare who had jockey Richard DosRamos in the irons, was timed in 1:01.20 while going in company with stablemate Proximos, who worked in 1:01.60.

"I'm getting to know her a little bit better," said Dos Ramos. "I really liked the way she did it. I sat behind the other horse a little bit, just to give her something to run at.

"At the eighth pole I led her along a little bit, to get something out of the work."

Chopinina, owned by Knob Hill Stable and trained by Alec Fehr, finished second in last year's Atto Mile at 55-1.

Wake at Noon works easy six furlongs

Wake at Noon took his Atto Mile exercise on the E.P. Taylor turf course on Saturday, going six furlongs around the dogs in 1:12.

With jockey Ray Sabourin in the irons, Wake at Noon got his opening quarter in 24.40, the half in 47.60, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.80.

"He went nice and easy," said Abraham Katryan, who trains Wake at Noon for Bruno Schickedanz. "I think he worked really good."

Wake at Noon, a 6-year-old horse, is coming off back-to-back stakes wins here over 1 1/16 miles on the main track under his regular rider, Ramsammy, who is expected to be back in action by Saturday.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will meet here Wednesday, beginning at 8 p.m., in the second-floor International Room. Non-members are welcome.

Atto Mile candidates

ChopininaA. FehrR. DosRamos
First QuarterJ. DayIndefinite
Moonshine HallT. ReinstedlerP. Day
Numerous TimesS. AttardG. Stevens
Perfect SoulR. AttfieldJ. Santos
SarafanN. DrysdaleC. Nakatani
Soaring FreeM. FrostadT. Kabel
Tap the AdmiralD. CarrollM. Luzzi
Touch of the BluesN. DrysdaleK. Desormeaux
Wake At NoonA. KatryanE. Ramsammy
WandoM. KeoghP. Husbands