10/27/2008 11:00PM

Sealy Hill impresses in likely her last start


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Woodbine's invading forces could not pull off a Breeders' Cup win at Santa Anita last weekend.

But Sealy Hill and Fatal Bullet did the next-best thing as both turned in strong second-place finishes.

Sealy Hill was coming off a solid third-place finish here in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, but her only win this year had come in allowance company and she was a 48-1 outsider in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

"When she puts her mind to it, I think she can run with anybody in the world," said Mark Casse, who trains Sealy Hill for owner/breeder Eugene Melnyk and had watched the filly finish resolutely under her regular rider Patrick Husbands to be beaten just three-quarters of a length. "I feel that in her last couple of races, we figured out a couple of things. I knew she had to run a big race but I felt pretty confident."

Sealy Hill has been shipped to Winding Oaks Farm in Lexington, Ky., and indications are that she has probably raced for the last time.

"She's sound; there's nothing wrong with her," Casse said. "But right now, it looks as if Eugene wants to make her a broodmare. She's scheduled to be bred to Distorted Humor, unless something changes."

Fatal Bullet eyes Sunshine Millions Dash

Fatal Bullet had been considered a leading contender coming into the Breeders' Cup Sprint off his 7-for-9 record on synthetic surfaces, which included wins in Woodbine's Bold Venture, Presque Isle's Tom Ridge, and Turfway's Kentucky Cup Sprint.

With regular rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva in the irons, Fatal Bullet led through torrid fractions in the Sprint before yielding late to be beaten 1 3/4 lengths. Midnight Lute won the six-furlong race in 1:07.08.

"I was shocked that he could run in 1:07 and still get beat," said Reade Baker, who trains Fatal Bullet for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion.

Fatal Bullet also shipped from Los Angeles to Kentucky, where he has taken up temporary residence at Rosemont Farm.

He is being pointed to the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream on Jan. 26, and then perhapd the Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai, Baker said.

Bear Now, Skipadate disappoint in BC

Baker and Casse did not fare as well with their other Breeders' Cup entrants as Bear Now finished last of eight in the Ladies' Classic and Skipadate ended 11th of 12 in the Juvenile Turf.

Bear Now led through the early stages of the Ladies' Classic but had little left for the stretch run.

"She went slow enough on the lead, but it was a tough, tough race," Baker said. "In hindsight, I wish I'd taken her somewhere else and run her on dirt."

Bear Now also is in Kentucky and is entered in Sunday's Fasig-Tipton sale as a racing/broodmare prospect.

Skipadate was wearing blinkers for the first time in the Juvenile Turf after finishing second behind Grand Adventure here in the Summer.

"I put the blinkers on him because we felt he'd got himself beat in his last two starts," Casse said. "But I wish I could have done it all over again. He was a madman the other day. He came away for there running and clipped heels down the backside and got bothered again a little bit late."

Skipadate could make his next start in the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot over 1 1/16 miles at Delta Downs on Dec. 5.

Grand Adventure done for season

Grand Adventure had defeated Skipadate in the Summer, a Win and You're In race for the Juvenile Turf, but also had his problems at Santa Anita after beginning from the outside post in the field of 12 and wound up 10th, beaten 7 1/4 lengths.

"His post position didn't help; the jockey had to use him a little bit," said trainer Mark Frostad. "There's a big difference between a one-turn mile and a two-turn mile. He got a little bit tired."

Grand Adventure shipped to Kentucky and will head on down to owner Sam-Son's Florida headquarters later this week.

C Karma targets Sunshine Million Oaks

C Karma, who won the Natalma, finished eighth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.

"She's gone to her owner's farm in Florida, for a little R and R," said Greg De Gannes, who conditions the homebred C. Karma for Pamela Edel.

"She got a little bit intimidated, being down on the rail, but she came out of the race well."

De Gannes is looking at the Sunshine Millions Oaks as a long-term goal for C Karma.

Van Lear Rose getting a break

Van Lear Rose, who was beaten 5 3/4 lengths when ending sixth of 13 in the Juvenile Fillies, arrived back at Woodbine early Monday morning.

"I thought she ran a heck of a race," said Catherine Day Phillips, who trains the homebred Van Lear Rose for her brother, Richard Day.

Van Lear Rose soon will be heading to her owner's farm in Ocala, Fla.

"We'll let her down a little bit; give her a bit of a break," Day Phillips said. "We'll put her back in serious training in January."

Van Lear Rose, a Canadian-bred, can look forward to races such as the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks here next year.