07/05/2004 11:00PM

Quite a Ruckus headed for the Spa


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Quite a Ruckus made a splashy debut here in Sunday's My Dear, scoring by four lengths in the five-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Now, trainer Mark Casse is aiming Quite a Ruckus for the Grade 2, $150,000 Schuylerville, a six-furlong race at Saratoga on July 28.

"She showed a lot from the beginning," said Casse, who trains the Kentucky homebred.

"She was ready to run a month and a half ago, but she got sick.

"She had trained as well as any horse I've ever had, at this point in time. I think she's better than Maple Syrple was."

Maple Syrple, who defeated males here in last year's Clarendon for Casse, then finished second in the Schuylerville. She later was sold to Godolphin and returned to action recently in England.

'Financing' on for Ontario Damsel

Casse should be looking for a second straight stakes win here Saturday with Financingavailable slated for the $125,000 Ontario Damsel, a 6 1/2-furlong turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Financingavailable, owned by Casse, heads into the Damsel off a fourth-place finish versus males in the Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here June 16.

"That was a pretty good race she came out of," said Casse, noting that the Bold Ruckus winner, Dashing Admiral, had come back to finish third in the tougher Achievement Handicap and the runner-up, Archers Bow, graduated Sunday.

Financingavailable, unraced at 2, was a winner at first asking over 5 1/2 furlongs here May 6 and then finished third in her turf debut, a first-level allowance over six furlongs.

"We liked her on the turf before she broke her maiden," Casse said. "She won on dirt, but she's better on turf."

Tough weekend for Attfield

Think you were unlucky last weekend?

Don't bother complaining to trainer Roger Attfield, who watched both Perfect Soul and South Bay Cove get bushwhacked as the favorites for their respective stakes engagements.

Perfect Soul, 9-5 in Saturday's Firecracker over a mile on turf at Churchill Downs, was launching his trademark rally when he was body-slammed by Senor Swinger, who veered out just inside the eighth pole.

"I think he would have won," said Attfield, who trains Perfect Soul for owner-breeder Charles Fipke. "He has a devastating run, when he unleashes it.

"He's a big horse. It's difficult for him to get back into his stride again."

Perfect Soul had to settle for second money after he finished well enough to end up 3 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Quantum Merit, and two lengths behind Senor Swinger, who was disqualified and placed third.

Perfect Soul was back galloping at Woodbine on Tuesday and is slated to make his next appearance in the Aug. 14 Arlington Million, the Grade 1, 1 1/2-mile turf race in which he finished a close fifth last summer.

South Bay Cove, coming off an eye-catching winning debut for owner-breeder Bill Graham, was the odds-on favorite here in Sunday's My Dear.

And, while Attfield said that South Bay Cove wasn't about to beat Quite a Ruckus with the way the race was playing out, he believes she could have finished second if she hadn't been sawed off when a rival dropped over in front of her at the sixteenth pole.

South Bay Cove finished fifth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths for second money, but was promoted to fourth following the disqualification of the offending Something Brewing.

South Bay Cove is slated to make her next start in the $150,000 Shady Well, a 5 1/2-furlong race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here July 24.

Gold Gunner may go in Prince of Wales

Gold Gunner, who is nominated to Fort Erie's July 18 Prince of Wales Stakes, became a possibility for that second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown with an 8 1/2-length score over 1 1/16 miles here on Sunday.

The victory, in a first-level allowance/optional claiming race, was the second in the career of Gold Gunner, who is owned by trainer Kevin Attard in partnership with Earle Mack.

"I thought it was a good race," Attard said. "He wasn't asked, he was just hand-ridden.

"But he sort of came home on his wrong lead, for some reason. He's had a little bit of a problem with that in his races. Hopefully, we can correct it."

The prospective field for the Prince of Wales, a $500,000 race over 1 3/16 miles, includes Niigon, A Bit O'Gold, and Will He Crow, the top three from the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate here June 27.

Champs get in workouts

Two reigning Canadian champions worked well here Tuesday, with Inish Glora going seven furlongs in 1:26.80 on the main track and One for Rose clocked in 1:12.60 for six furlongs on the training track.

Exercise rider Gaye Lynch was aboard Inish Glora, the Sovereign Award-winning turf female of 2003, while regular rider Emile Ramsammy guided One for Rose, last year's top older filly or mare.

Inish Glora should be seeking her third win in as many starts this year in the Grade 3, $150,000 Dance Smartly, a handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf here July 17.

One for Rose also is a candidate for the Dance Smartly but could await the following day's $100,000 Belle Mahone, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares on the main track.