10/25/2006 11:00PM

Pair of 6-year-olds attempt to turn back the clock


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Chief Bearhart was the last Woodbine-based runner to win a Breeders' Cup race, capturing the 1997 BC Turf at Hollywood Park for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad.

On Saturday, Woodbine will present the fifth running of the Chief Bearhart, a $100,000 overnight stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

And while there are no Chief Bearharts in this field, the race did attract 12 horses, including one current and one former Sam-Son and Frostad performer.

Shoal Water, a 6-year-old gelding, will be the Sam-Son colorbearer while Colorful Judgement, a 6-year-old gelding who was claimed for $60,000 this July, now runs for Centennial Farms Niagara.

Shoal Water is the top money winner in the Chief Bearhart, with a bankroll of $809,264. But Shoal Water was absent for almost a year after winning the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre here in July 2005 and has failed to finish in the top three in four outings this season.

In his last start, the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on Sept. 17, Shoal Water ended 11th of 13.

Colorful Judgement won the $75,000 With Approval in his first start for his new owners and trainer Alec Fehr, but has been unplaced in two subsequent appearances.

Colorful Judgement, who will be ridden for the first time by Richard Dos Ramos, won the Chief Bearhart for Frostad in 2003 and finished fifth in last fall's running.

Sam-Son associations aside, the horse to beat in the Chief Bearhart could be Seaside Retreat, a 3-year-old who will be making his first start as a gelding.

Trained by Mark Casse, Seaside Retreat has been cross-entered in Sunday's $100,000 Labeeb, a one-mile overnight turf stakes.

Eccentric heads to Keeneland

Eccentric, owned by Gary Tanaka and trained here by Roger Attfield, was entered in the Chief Bearhart but will be scratched.

Eccentric, a 5-year-old gelding who finished third behind stakes winners Sky Conqueror and French Beret in his local debut here Oct. 8, left late Thursday morning for Keeneland and has been entered in Saturday's Grade 3 Fayette Stakes.

Eddie Castro has the call on Eccentric in the $150,000 Fayette, a 1o1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward which attracted a field of 13.

Attfield and Tanaka still plan to be represented in the Chief Bearhart, however, with Pellegrino slated to run under jockey Jim McAleney.

No showdown in River Memories

The $100,000 River Memories, a one-mile overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares, had the potential for an interesting confrontation between Financingavailable and Elle Runaway.

The problem is that matchup is not likely to occur as the plans call for Financingavailable to run only if the River Memories comes off the turf while Elle Runaway will be scratched if the surface changes.

Financingavailable, an Ontario-sired 5-year-old trained by Lorne Richards, has started six times this season, all in stakes, recording four wins and a pair of seconds.

"She's 8-for-9 on the main track," said Richards, who includes Financingavailable's 2-for-2 Polytrack record in that total.

"If it stays on the turf I think I'll run her next week, in the Ontario Fashion."

The $150,000 Ontario Fashion, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares, goes Nov. 4.

The 4-year-old Elle Runaway is winless in five starts this year but has been competitive while keeping the best of turf company in her last couple of starts.

In her last outing here Sept. 17, Elle Runaway finished third, three-quarters of a length behind runner-up Arravale, in the Grade 2 Canadian over 1 1/8 miles.

That was Elle Runaway's first start since the July 15 Dance Smartly, a 1 1/8-mile race in which she finished second to Ambitious Cat, last year's filly and mare turf champion. Ambitious Cat came back to finish second in the Canadian and fourth in last Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes, which was won by Arravale.

"I specifically passed the E.P. Taylor," said Pierce. "I thought it was going to come up too tough, and I was probably right.

"There was also a race at Keeneland for her, but this is what we've been aiming for. She's been working very, very well and she's run well all year for me; she just hasn't won. I just hope this race stays on turf."

The River Memories attracted 16, including two also eligibles.

Ten furlongs too short?

Pierce also has a Chief Bearhart entrant in 5-year-old gelding Tacit Agreement.

Tacit Agreement, who joined Pierce's string here about a month ago, won the two-mile Bob Umphrey Marathon at Calder in his next-to-last start on July 22.

"A mile and a quarter might be too short for him," said Pierce. "He looks like he could be a horse for the Valedictory if he takes to the Polytrack."

The $125,000 Valedictory, a 1 3/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be run here Dec. 10, the closing day of the meeting.

Dashingalltheway needs help

Dashingalltheway will represent Richards and Sangara in Saturday's $150,000 Fanfreluche, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

Purchased privately from Casse after winning her debut here Sept. 16, Dashingalltheway finished third when making her first start for her new connections in the six-furlong Victorian Queen for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

"She needs a little pace," said Richards. "She's not a real concentrator. In her race the other day she was kind of off on her own, and just ran the last part. She trains that way, too.

"I think she's going to be much better as a 3-year-old but I still think she's going to run a creditable race Saturday. I'll be surprised if she runs bad."

Cross's trophy finds a new home

The 1983 Kentucky Derby trainer's trophy, awarded to David Cross after he saddled the victorious Sunny's Halo, now has a permanent home in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame here at Woodbine.

Cross, who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this year, was on hand late Wednesday afternoon for a special dedication ceremony as a display case featuring the trophy was unveiled in his honor.