09/08/2004 12:00AM

Perfect Soul on target for Atto


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Perfect Soul's progression toward a fall campaign has not been smooth.

But after Perfect Soul worked five furlongs on the Woodbine training track turf course in 1:00.80 Wednesday morning, trainer Roger Attfield was hopeful that it will be all systems go for the Grade 1, $1 million Atto Mile here Sept. 19.

"It seems like we're in good shape," said Attfield, who watched Perfect Soul prep on a course officially rated firm with the dogs well out. "There was a bit of give to that turf today, which is good."

The 6-year-old Perfect Soul finished a closing third in last year's Atto Mile behind California invader Touch of the Blues and locally based Soaring Free, who also is scheduled to contest this year's running.

Since beginning his season at Keeneland on April 9 with a victory in the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile, Perfect Soul has been winless in three outings while having his training interrupted on several occasions due to a cough, a bruised foot, and some body soreness.

"We'll see if we can put it all together through the end of the year," said Attfield.

Classic Stamp preps for Canadian

Classic Stamp, a candidate for the Grade 2, $250,000 Canadian Handicap for fillies and mares here on Atto Mile Day, also worked five furlongs on the turf Wednesday, going in 1:03.20.

"She's had some bad breaks," said trainer Cliff Hopmans, adding that the Canadian's 1 1/8-mile turf distance will be right up Classic Stamp's alley.

The 4-year-old Classic Stamp has won 1 of 5 starts this year but has finished second in two stakes preps and third in two stakes under regular rider Patrick Husbands, who has the call for the Canadian.

Irish filly ready for Natalma

Fearless Flyer, who has been based in Ireland with trainer Tommy Stack, checked into Woodbine last weekend and is slated to run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Natalma Stakes here Sunday.

Purchased privately by Paul Reddam, Fearless Flyer will be heading to new digs in California following her stopover here.

"She's a good, tough, honest filly," said Fozzy Stack, son of the trainer, who watched Fearless Flyer canter over the main track Wednesday morning.

Fearless Flyer won 1 of 4 starts in Ireland. In her last race, a listed stakes at Leopardstown, Fearless Flyer ran last of seven.

Skywalker colt tops sale

A $265,000 colt by Skywalker topped the selected session of the 2004 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Canadian-bred yearling sale, held at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion on Tuesday.

Attfield purchased the sale-topper, who is the first foal from La Prevoyante Stakes winner Love a Ruckus. Susan Foreman, as agent, consigned the February foal.

D. Morgan Firestone bought the sale's highest-priced filly, a daughter of Kiridashi, for $215,000. Michael Byrne, as agent for Park Stud, sold the half-sister to stakes winners Everything and Exciting Flash.

The third-highest price was a daughter of Mutakddim, who was purchased by Linmac Farm for $180,000. The filly is a half-sister to stakes winner Miss Noire.

Next in line was a $175,000 colt by Regal Classic out of Ruffian Handicap winner Lady Sari, the dam of stakes winner Sariphone. Agent Richard Hogan sold the colt to trainer Mike Doyle, as agent for Dura Racing and Springfield Racing.

Rounding out the top five was a $160,000 colt from the first crop of Grade 2 winner Forest Camp. McMahon Bloodstock LLC bought him.

A total of 171 yearlings grossed $6,354,700, for an average of $37,162. There were 99 listed as not sold.

The open sessions will commence at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

'Sphynx,' Shoal Water done for the season

Eye of the Sphynx, a three-time stakes winner this year, is through for the season after finishing last of 11 in last Saturday's Ontario Colleen.

"It's time to take a break and bring her back next year," trainer Mark Frostad said.

Eye of the Sphynx earned $688,340 and currently is a leading candidate for a Sovereign Award in the 3-year-old filly division.

Frostad reported that Shoal Water, a 4-year-old gelding who won the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre here July 25, is injured and out for the year, but is expected to race next season.

Ontario Derby possible for Niigon

Queen's Plate winner Niigon checked back into his home base at nearby Chiefswood Farm on Tuesday night after finishing fourth, beaten 12 3/4 lengths, in Monday's Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park.

Trainer Eric Coatrieux is uncertain where Niigon will run next but acknowledged that the $150,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds here Oct. 10, is a possibility.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink