08/29/2005 11:00PM

Seaside Retreat a turf natural


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Seaside Retreat, an impressive debut winner on the dirt, should take to the turf like a duck to water in Thursday's Woodbine headliner. A field of seven 2-year-olds will line up in the seven-furlong allowance, which is the prep for the Grade 2 Summer Stakes on Sept. 18.

Seaside Retreat, trained by Mark Casse for owner Bill Farish Jr., drew the outside post in his Aug. 14 debut. He raced five wide most of the way in that six-furlong maiden special, coming from just off the pace for a two-length tally in 1:11.20, which translated into a Beyer Speed Figure of 70.

Seaside Retreat is a Kentucky-bred colt with a wonderful turf pedigree. His sire, King Cugat, was a multiple Grade 2 stakes winner on the grass with earnings of nearly $1.3 million, and was second as the favorite in the 1999 Summer. Seaside Retreat is the first foal of a turf specialist, Shes Like Rio, who banked $92,347.

Casse, perennially Woodbine's leading 2-year-old trainer, will also send out Top Authority in the feature.

Top Authority graduated at first asking going 4 1/2 furlongs before ending up third behind Edenwold and Kentucky shipper Key West Breeze in the six-furlong Colin Stakes. Last time, he was upset by Atlas Shrugs in a six-furlong allowance, but managed to salvage second with a subpar Beyer Figure of 58.

Todd Kabel inherits the mount on Top Authority from Patrick Husbands, who is sticking with Seaside Retreat.

Also entered are High Wage, Legendary Dancer, Honest Accountant, Salute the General, and Bear's Kid. Arzu is the lone main-track-only runner.

High Wage hasn't shown much since taking his second start, against $50,000 maidens, by six lengths. He is by a pretty good grass sire in Lost Soldier, the sire of unbeaten Lost in the Fog, but his dam has yet to produce a turf winner.

Legendary Dancer wired $50,000 opposition by five lengths going six furlongs in his debut, then was a hard-ridden fourth in Atlas Shrugs's allowance victory. He is taking the blinkers off, and has a pedigree best suited to the main track.

Salute the General beat $40,000 maidens in his lone start, when he was claimed by Noel Randall, a trainer who has been winning at a 30 percent clip first time off the claim. He worked five-eighths over a soft turf training course Aug. 14 in 1:00.80, the fifth-fastest of 33 moves at the distance.

Alberta invader Bear's Kid won a slow maiden special at Northlands Park in his second start.