08/20/2009 11:00PM

Rematch may produce different result


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Saskawea was 4-5 and Glitter Rox was 15-1 when the two met at six furlongs on the turf here at Woodbine in the Grade 3 Royal North on Aug. 1.

But after Glitter Rox rallied from last place in the field of five to spring the upset, with Saskawea a disappointing fourth, the two will be much closer in price for their rematch here in Sunday's $100,000 Belle Geste.

The Belle Geste, a seven-furlong turf race, is an overnight stakes for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares and attracted five entrants.

Saskawea, the 2-1 second choice on the morning line, had come into the Royal North off a second-place finish in the Repercussion, a 6 1/2-furlong overnight turf stakes in which she was beaten a neck.

And although the Royal North seemed to set up for Saskawea, with Canadian Ballet and Dancing Allstar disputing a rapid pace, the favorite never really fired, even though she was beaten only a length.

"She'd had a lot of problems that week going into the race," said trainer Steve Attard. "Three days before the race she was fantastic, in the greatest shape ever. Two days before she tied up a little bit, and had a touch of colic. We walked her out of it."

Saskawea had recovered by race day but Attard still felt that things were not entirely right.

"She was fine but she just wasn't herself walking over here," said Attard. "She was quiet. It all had to take something out of her."

Glitter Rox, the 9-5 favorite on the morning line for the Belle Geste, was making her first start in more than eight months in the Royal North but showed no signs of rustiness.

"I thought she'd probably need one, to get her fully fit," said trainer Ian Black. "She came back and breezed great, on the Poly. She's very quick, but she is rateable in a race."

That breeze, in which Glitter Rox was clocked in a bullet 46.20 seconds for four furlongs, would indicate that the 5-year-old remains fit.

But despite their being no outward signs, Black fears the bounce factor.

"I'm afraid she'd be an ideal candidate," said Black. "It seems logical, if a horse runs pretty hard off a long layoff, it's going to take a little while to bounce back."

Gerry Olguin retains the mount on Glitter Rox, who drew post 1 and will be the 121-pound co-highweight along with Saskawea.

Completing the Belle Geste field will be Mullins Bay, Dance to My Tune, and Hello Maggie May.

Trio tunes up for Kenora

Legal Move, Drunken Love, and Lake Secret all worked here Friday morning in preparation for the Sept. 7 Kenora.

The Kenora, which attracted 14 nominees, will be one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes run on that Labor Day program.

Legal Move, a 5-year-old horse trained by Mark Fournier, went three furlongs in 36.80 in his second workout since returning from a mini-vacation.

"I gave him a couple of weeks off, and turned him out," said Fournier. "He's still pretty fit."

Legal Move won the 2008 Kenora and the 2006 Simcoe, the seven-furlong yearling sales stakes for 2-year-olds, when trained by Mark Casse. He was purchased by Bruno Schickedanz for $245,000 at last year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Drunken Love breezed four furlongs in 48.00 under his regular rider Gerry Olguin and will be seeking his third straight stakes win since being claimed for $62,500 by trainer Norm McKnight.

Now owned by Tallyho Racing Limited, Drunken Love has won the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial over five furlongs of turf at Fort Erie and the 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton on the main track here.

Lake Secret, the fastest of 42 four-furlong workers with a clocking of 46.40, was claimed for $60,000 from his last start and will run in the Kenora for Centennial Farm and trainer Don MacRae.

A 7-year-old gelding, Lake Secret finished fourth in last year's Kenora after winning the 2007 running for former trainer Vito Armata.

Ghost Fleet targets Summer

Ghost Fleet, a romping winner of the Aug. 9 Vandal when recording his second win in as many starts for trainer Sid Attard, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 here Friday morning.

"I sent a horse out in front of him, and he went and got him," said Attard.

Attard is pointing Ghost Fleet for the Grade 3, $300,000 Summer, a one-mile turf race here Sept. 19, and hopes to run the colt in the seven-furlong turf allowance prep on Friday.

First-timer wins for Attard

Attard unveiled a promising 2-year-old filly here Thursday as Officer's Dream sped to a 1o1/4-length victory in a clocking of 57.83 seconds, which yielded a Beyer Speed Figure of 78.

Officer's Dream, a Kentucky-bred who was purchased for $35,000 in Ocala, Fla., in March, is owned by Bob Harvey and Janice Attard, who is the wife of the trainer.

Foxy Danseur joins Carroll's barn

Foxy Danseur, a recent acquisition by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings Ltd. who is based here with trainer Josie Carroll, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 on Friday in preparation for the Grade 3, $150,000 Seaway on Sept. 5.

Formerly trained by Christopher Paasch in California, Foxy Danseur is a double stakes winner of 4 of 19 starts and more than $325,000.

Mr. Foricos Two U possible for Vice Regent

Mr. Foricos Two U, in his first workout since finishing fourth in the Aug. 2 Breeders', breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 here Friday.

Jockey Patrick Husbands was aboard Mr. Foricos Two U, who worked in company with stablemate Altona Road, who was clocked in 1:01.60.

"We gave him a little break after the Breeders'," said trainer Catherine Day Phillips, adding that Mr. Foricos Two U. was a possibility for the $125,000 Vice Regent, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here Sept. 6.