11/08/2002 12:00AM

Promising young pair for Attfield


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Roger Attfield won the 2000 running of the Glorious Song Stakes with Poetically, who went on to receive the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 2-year-old filly.

And while Attfield doesn't expect Sunday's renewal of the Glorious Song to lead to similar honors for either of his two entrants, he does have high long-term hopes for both Smart Angel and Neblina, who are in a field of six for the seven-furlong feature.

"I put the two in to have a look," said Attfield, in his office here Friday morning. "I really like both of them, but I don't know if I want to run that one filly back in seven days or not." Attfield was referring to Smart Angel, a New York-bred owned by Attfield and partners, who won a first-level allowance at six furlongs here last Saturday in her fourth career start.

"I think she's going to be a really good 3-year-old, the way she's growing," said Attfield. "It looks like she might be better going a bit farther, when she can get her feet under her."

Neblina, a Kentucky-bred who is owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, was a 5 3/4-length winner when stretching out to seven furlongs for her second career start here Oct. 19.

"She acts like she'll go on to run okay around two turns, too," said Attfield. "Only time will tell that."

Stars bypass prep to wait for Kennedy

Sunday's card also has the six-furlong allowance prep for the Kennedy Road Stakes, a $125,000 race for 3-year-olds and upward that will be run over the same distance here Nov. 30.

Heading the field of nine entered for the prep are Rare Friends and Cheap Talk, both trained by Bob Tiller, and Runaway Love, trained by Abraham Katryan.

Meanwhile, Wake at Noon and Krz Ruckus, both multiple stakes-winning sprinters, are bypassing the prep and heading straight to the main event.

And another serious Kennedy Road candidate emerged here Thursday. Wild Whiskey, making his first start in more than six months for trainer John Ross, was a front-running winner of a six-furlong allowance race in 1:09.91.

Jim McKnight, who swept the last three races on Thursday's card, was riding Wild Whiskey for the first time as the 3-year-old overcame the inside post in his first try against older rivals.

Owned by Gary Wellwood and Larry Titchner, Wild Whiskey won his only start here last year and returned with a second-place finish to Rare Friends, who was Canada's champion 2-year-old male, in the six-furlong Achievement here March 31.

Wild Whiskey turned the tables dramatically April 20, winning the six-furlong Woodstock by 8 3/4 lengths with Rare Friends a tiring third.

But in his next start, the seven-furlong Queenston here May 4, Wild Whiskey faded to finish a distant eighth and then went to the sidelines with a badly bucked shin.

Kabeeb goes five in 1:01

Kabeeb, a 2-year-old filly trained and owned in part by Attfield, worked five furlongs on the main track Friday in 1:01 under jockey Jim McAleney and is on target for the $150,000 Ontario Lassie here Nov. 24.

The Ontario Lassie is a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred fillies. Kabeeb won her maiden competing under the same conditions in her last start, the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth here on Oct. 13.

Perfect Soul to Florida

Attfield also reports that Perfect Soul, who returned to Woodbine after finishing last in the Breeders' Cup Turf, will prepare for a Florida campaign.

"He came out of [the Turf] really well," said Attfield. "We've just backed right off on his training. We're letting him down a little bit, until we get to Florida."

Perfect Soul, a 4-year-old owned and bred by Charles Fipke, has started six times this year, his first at the races, winning three and finishing second in the Grade 1 Niagara Handicap.

First Quarter works for Mrs. Revere

First Quarter, who became a stakes winner here over 1 1/8 miles of turf in the Oct. 14 Carotene, worked six furlongs in 1:15.60 on the main track Friday and is slated to head to Churchill Downs for next Saturday's Mrs. Revere Stakes.

The Grade 2 Mrs. Revere, worth $150,000, is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. The race also is the target of Woodbine-based Lush Soldier and could come into play in the Sovereign Award voting for the turf filly or mare division.

First Quarter, an Ontario-bred owned by Come by Chance Stable and Robert Schaedle, finished fifth in her July 31 debut but is unbeaten in three subsequent starts, all here on turf. Robert Landry has been aboard for the last two wins and has the call for the Mrs. Revere.

* El Ruller, a Florida-bred 2-year-old who was undefeated in two starts this spring for trainer and part-owner Arthur Silvera, worked three furlongs in 36.60 seconds on the main track Friday. The workout was the first for El Ruller since he won the five-furlong Victoria here June 15, as he was sidelined by shin problems shortly thereafter.

* A memorial service will be held for Linda Duffy at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Newediuk Funeral Home, 2104 Kipling Ave. in Etobicoke. Duffy, who died in hospital Wednesday morning at age 55, was employed by Daily Racing Form for 14 years, as chartcaller and correspondent at Fort Erie, from 1977 through 1990. She also worked as a jockey's agent on the Ontario circuit and was active in charitable racetrack causes.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Backstretch Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society.