08/30/2007 12:00AM

Saskawea cuts back in Colleen


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Saskawea, an impressive runner-up in the July 28 Wonder Where Stakes, will cut back to a one-turn mile for Saturday's Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine. The $125,000 turf event has attracted a diverse field of 15 3-year-old fillies.

Saskawea, making her turf debut, finished behind the talented Sealy Hill in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where. Trainer Steve Attard said Saskawea has trained strongly in the interim, but she missed recent workout.

"I missed a workout with her going into the Wonder Where, too, but she ran huge," Attard said. "She had an entrapped epiglottis after her [previous] race, so we did some minor surgery on her. She went into the Wonder Where without a workout in two weeks. I think I learned something about her training program, that maybe she doesn't need to be trained hard."

Three foreign invaders are in the lineup, most notably Thiella and Audacious Chloe.

Irish import Thiella is going on Lasix for her first appearance in 2 1/2 months. She won her maiden over soft ground last fall, and has run hot and cold in the interim for trainer Dermot Weld.

Listed stakes winner Audacious Chloe has been freshened since fading in the Grade 1 American Oaks on July 7 at Hollywood. She has been campaigned sporadically by trainer Todd Pletcher.

Sprung won her debut over this course and distance nearly a year ago, in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes. She closed for third in her most recent start, a second-level allowance.

"I was a little disappointed in her last race, but there wasn't any speed," trainer Mark Casse said. "Hopefully, there will be a little more speed this time. I wanted to breeze her the Sunday before that race, but turf training was delayed until Monday. She's kind of a light filly, anyway, and she puts a lot into her gallops, so I opted not to breeze her."

Trainer Roger Attfield entered three fillies - Red Birkin, San Souci Island, and Callwood Dancer.

Red Birkin bled in her last start, a disappointing run in the Grade 3 Lake George at Saratoga. The winner, Rutherienne, later won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.

San Souci Island won her first two outings before ending up seventh in the Wonder Where, and Callwood Dancer is coming off a first-level allowance victory.