Updated on 10/14/2010 1:35PM

Poof Too staying at Woodbine for Mazarine Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Poof Too has been entered in Keeneland’s Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades, a 1  1/16-mile stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Friday.

But Poof Too, a Kentucky-bred who is trained by Mark Frostad, will be staying home to run in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Mazarine, which also is for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

“I just wanted to keep the option open,” said Mark Frostad, who trains Poof Too for owners John Fielding and Frederick Hertrich.

“I think she’s pretty nice.”

Poof Too has seen action just once, rallying from off the pace to score by a length under Patrick Husbands in a 6 1/2-furlong turf race here Sept. 9.

“When I entered her, I thought the race was going to be coming off the turf,” said Frostad. “When it didn’t, I was worried it wouldn’t be long enough for her.”

Poof Too has come back with a pair of five-furlong drills, the latest in 1:01.80 here last Saturday, and Frostad is expecting her to handle stretching out on the main track.

“I think she’ll do well on Poly,” said Frostad.

Poof Too is one of two fillies who were supplemented to the Mazarine at a cost of $4,500, along with the maiden Idratherbeatthespa, who was off poorly and closed to finish fourth when making her only start to date in the seven-furlong Muskoka here Sept. 6.

Completing the field of six will be Delightful Mary, who is undefeated in two starts; Wyomia and Anne’s Beauty, both impressive maiden winners here last time out; and Ghostly Darkness, a maiden trained by Christophe Clement who is slated to ship in from Belmont Park.

Stormy Rush headed to Keeneland

Stormy Rush, a troubled third last time out in the Grade 3 Summer Stakes over one mile of turf, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 here Wednesday morning and should make his next appearance in Sunday’s Grade  3 Bourbon at Keeneland.

The Bourbon, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In series.

“We’d like to see if he’s going to be capable of doing that,” said Roger Attfield, who conditions the Kentucky-bred Stormy Rush for owners Bob Harvey, Al Wortzman, and Gordon Ledson.

Stormy Rush, under rider Jono Jones, worked in company with fellow 2-year-old stablemate Good Better Best, who went in the same clocking under jockey Richard Dos Ramos.

Good Better Best, a winner of his only start over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf, is pointing for the $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-breds here Oct. 17.

Simmard, Mekong Melody work

Attfield also sent out Simmard and Mekong Melody to breeze six furlongs in company on Wednesday.

Simmard is pointing for the Grade  1, $2 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race here Oct. 16.

Mekong Melody’s target is the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares on the same card.

Both horses were timed in 1:12 with clocker Mike Lym designating Mekong Melody’s move under jockey Patrick Husbands as “breezing” and Simmard’s under exercise rider Melanie Giddings as “handily.”

Simmard, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old horse, has seen action just once this year, finishing a close third in the Grade 2 Bowling Green over 1 3/8 miles of turf.

Mekong Melody, an Irish-bred 5-year-old, is 2 for 3 this year with her successes coming here on the turf in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles and the Flaming Page at 1 1/2 miles.

Internallyflawless tries again

Internallyflawless breezed four furlongs in 49 on Wednesday and has been entered in a second-level allowance race for fillies and mares over one mile on turf at Keeneland on Friday.

A 5-year-old homebred who races for owner Charles Fipke, Internallyflawless won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on turf last summer but has yet to get untracked since returning from a layoff and moving into Attfield’s barn this year.

McAleney has out-of-town mounts

Jockey Jim McAleney will be at Keeneland on Friday to ride Hollywood Hit in the Grade 3, $175,000 Phoenix, a six-furlong race which is a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

“I think his last race set him up perfectly,” said McAleney, who guided Hollywood Hit to a hard-fought half-length score in the six-furlong King Corrie here Sept. 22. “I expect him to run his best race of the year.”

McAleney will be moving over to Parx Racing, the former Philadelphia Park, on Saturday to partner Sports Select in the $250,000 Gallant Bob, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds.

“He’s an up-and-comer,” said McAleney, who has piloted Sports Select to his two victories here this year. “He’s going to be a very nice horse.”

Both Hollywood Hit and Sports Select are trained here by Terry Jordan but will run in the name of his assistant, Anita Bolton.

Smokey Fire breezes five furlongs

Smokey Fire, a candidate for the Nearctic, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 here Wednesday morning with his regular rider Jono Jones in the irons.

A homebred 5-year-old gelding who races for owner Mel Lawson and is trained by Sid Attard, Smokey Fire won the Grade 2 Play the King over seven furlongs of turf here Aug.  29 but then was an even sixth in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile three weeks later.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do with him,” said Attard, who also is keeping a long-term eye on the Kennedy Road here Nov. 20.

Smokey Fire became a stakes winner in last year’s Kennedy Road, a six-furlong main track race which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

Altius headed to Bull Page

The Latin Motto for the Olympic Games is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which for those more comfortable with English translates to “Faster, Higher, Stronger”.

Trainer Ralph Biamonte has Citius and Altius in his barn this year, with Fortius on the farm with an eye toward next season.

Altius, a winner of his last two starts, will run in Monday’s $125,000 Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

On Wednesday, Altius tuned up with a four-furlong breeze in 49.40 under rider David Clark, who will be back in the irons for the Thanksgiving Day feature.