08/26/2003 11:00PM

Perfect Soul works toward Atto Mile


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Perfect Soul, coming off a close fifth-place finish in the Arlington Million, began his march toward the Sept. 14 Atto Mile here Wednesday by working four furlongs on the turf training track.

With assistant trainer Rachel Halden in the irons, Perfect Soul was clocked in 48.60 seconds.

Roger Attfield, who trains Perfect Soul for owner-breeder Charles Fipke, said Perfect Soul's tentative schedule called for a "decent work next Wednesday and probably a little blowout the following Wednesday."

Perfect Soul was beaten just three-quarters of a length in the Arlington Million, over 1 1/4 miles on grass on Aug. 16. Shortly thereafter, Attfield announced his intention to run the 5-year-old Perfect Soul in the Grade 1 Atto Mile, a $1 million turf race.

Dynafire works five furlongs on turf

Dynafire, a 2-year-old colt whom Attfield trains for Cam Allard, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 on the turf training course and is slated to see action in the Grade 2, $250,000 Summer, a one-mile turf race that is one of the supporting stakes features on the Atto Mile program.

Slade Callaghan, who rode Dynafire to an impressive win at seven furlongs on turf in his debut here Aug. 10, was aboard for Wednesday's drill, in which the colt worked in company with Excellent Cut.

Jockey Richard Dos Ramos rode Excellent Cut, who also was clocked in 1:01.40. Excellent Cut, a 3-year-old who is a full brother to Perfect Soul, is a maiden after six attempts.

Red Sea may be in right spot

Another Attfield charge, Red Sea, will be worth a long look when he faces nine rivals in Friday's $79,400 feature.

The one-mile turf race is a four-other-than allowance with an optional claiming price of $90,000 to $100,000.

Red Sea, a 7-year-old who sports a $100,000 tag, is coming off a seventh-place finish, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in an open allowance race over seven furlongs on turf here Aug. 1. Prior to that, he had won at seven furlongs under Friday's terms.

"He stepped up against some better horses last time," said Attfield. "He's not good enough to win with them anymore.

"He's an old gelding, with a few problems," Attfield said. "He's going along well right now, but there are only so many places you can run him."

Red Sea will be reunited Friday with jockey Jono Jones, who has been aboard for his two most recent victories.

Attfield has three for sales stakes

Attfield also will be represented in two of Monday's six $125,000 yearling sales stakes, with Small Promises slated for the Algoma and Just in Case Jimmy and Lone Arrow both headed for the Simcoe.

Small Promises, a 5-year-old owned by Attfield in partnership with Kinghaven Farm, won last year's Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, and went on to be voted champion of her division in Canada.

But although she began her current campaign in encouraging fashion at Gulfstream, Small Promises has yet to win this season.

"She's been going well all year, even though she hasn't won," said Attfield. "She's always sort of knocking on the door."

Small Promises drilled five furlongs in 1:00.60 under regular rider Jim McAleney on the fast training track here Wednesday.

Just in Case Jimmy and Lone Arrow both will be looking for their first wins in the Simcoe, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Attfield purchased Just in Case Jimmy for $7,000 and Lone Arrow for $25,000 at the local select yearling sale and owns both colts in partnership with Bill Werner.

Just in Case Jimmy is the more accomplished of the pair, having finished second to the filly Maple Syrple in the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon here June 28.

Steady Ruckus trying for three-peat

Steady Ruckus worked seven furlongs in 1:29.80 under regular rider McAleney on the turf training track Wednesday and will be looking to win the Halton for the third straight time on Monday. The Halton is a yearling sales stakes for 3-year-olds and upward at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

A 7-year-old gelding owned by Ed Lang and trained by Gil Rowntree, Steady Ruckus has finished no higher than fifth in five starts this year and is coming off a last-place finish in the Aug. 16 With Approval, a 1 1/8-mile turf race.

"I give him an excuse; he blew a front shoe," said Rowntree. "I couldn't believe how soft the turf was that day. It looked like he was laboring; Jimmy said he lost his action a couple of times behind.

"The other thing was maybe I was a little too easy on him coming up to the race," Rowntree said. "When I work him seven-eighths five days before, he runs good off it."

Steady Ruckus finished third in last year's With Approval prior to his one-length victory in the Halton.

Cetewayo, Bowman Mill go on turf

The E.P. Taylor turf course was open for limited business Wednesday, and Cetewayo and Bowman Mill, in town for Saturday's Grade 2 Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap, breezed four furlongs in company in 49.20 seconds.

With the dogs well out on the firm course, Cetewayo and Bowman Mill cruised through an opening eighth in 12.20 seconds and a quarter in 24.40, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:05.60.

Cetewayo and Bowman Mill, both trained by Michael Dickinson, are among 10 horses in the $337,200 Niagara, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.