08/04/2005 11:00PM

See the Wind back in a hurry


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - See the Wind will be looking to follow a well-established tradition when she starts in Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes.

Fillies have won 11 runnings of the Breeders', the 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, since the series was inaugurated in 1959.

The latest was Sweetest Thing, who came into the 2001 Breeders' off a win two weeks earlier in the Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares that is the final leg of Canada's triple tiara.

See the Wind also comes into the Breeders' after racing in the Wonder Where, but there the similarity ends. This year's Wonder Where was run just last Sunday, and See the Wind finished third, beaten five lengths. She was coming off a second-place finish in the July 10 Ontario Damsel, a sprint race.

"The trouble is she had one good start in May, going a mile, but then the sprint was the only race to come up for her," said Mark Frostad, who trains See the Wind for Sam-Son Farm. "She was going from 6 1/2 furlongs to a mile and a quarter."

Frostad sent See the Wind into the Wonder Where intending to run her in the Breeders' if she ran well.

"It's back a little quick, but she hasn't been overtaxed," Frostad said. "She's a big, strong filly and hasn't been knocked around. She should be able to handle it.

"The only question will be the distance. We'll just have to see. The race looks like it's wide open. I hope we can pick up something."

Todd Kabel, who generally rides Sam-Son's prime stakes stock, has taken the mount on Welcome Again, who was a $15,000 supplementary nominee to the Breeders'.

Frostad didn't have to go far to find a substitute, however, as Garry Cruise, a jockey who works as an exercise rider for Sam-Son, has picked up the mount on See the Wind.

Autumn Snow in fine-tune breeze

Trainer Mac Benson put the finishing touches on Autumn Snow's Breeders' preparation here Friday. Autumn Snow breezed three furlongs in 37.80 on the main track under new rider Robert Landry.

"It was just enough for [Landry] to do something with him," said Benson, who trains Autumn Snow for owner-breeder George Strawbridge Jr. "If he's not fit now, he's never going to be."

Autumn Snow is coming off a second-place finish in Fort Erie's 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales under Francine Villeneuve, who had the return call for the Breeders' but dislocated a shoulder in a spill at Fort Erie last Sunday.

Autumn Snow had finished fourth here in the Charlie Barley, an open stakes for 3-year-olds over one mile, in his start before the Prince of Wales.

"I didn't think that was that bad a race," said Benson. "It was a case of maybe we tried to rate him a little too much.

"I don't think he'll have any trouble handling the turf. I certainly think he's bred to it. The question is whether he can handle the mile and a half."

Locals on view from Monmouth

There will be plenty of Canadian content for Monmouth's Haskell Invitational Day program, which will be simulcast in its entirety by Woodbine.

Palladio will compete in the Haskell Invitational for his trainer, Roger Attfield, who also will send out Noble Stella for the Taylor Made Matchmaker. Richard Dos Ramos will ride Palladio, and Emile Ramsammy has the mount on Noble Stella.

Classic Stamp, trained by Darwin Banach, also will compete in the Matchmaker. Dos Ramos has picked up the mount.

Trainer Reade Baker has entered Judiths Wild Rush in the Teddy Drone and Silver Bird in the Regret. Slade Callaghan has the calls.

Ablo may go to West Virginia Derby

Ablo, winner of the Prince of Wales, could make his next start in the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds at Mountaineer on Aug. 14.

Ablo breezed five furlongs on the training track in 59.80 seconds under regular rider Gerry Olguin here Friday, with Attfield looking on just before his departure for Monmouth.

"He worked very nicely," said Attfield. "If he stays like that all week, there's a good chance that we will go."

Turf races proceed with smaller fields

The race office has announced that turf racing, which normally would take a scheduled break around this time of the meeting, will continue from Aug. 10 through Aug. 20 but with shorter fields than usual.

Only the outer part of the course, six lanes out from the rail, will be used. For safety reasons, fields will be limited to six starters for races at 1 1/4 miles and longer, to seven at six furlongs, and to nine from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

* Kabel, who rode shipper T.D. Vance to victory here in the July 16 Toronto Cup, has the return call for Monday's $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga.

* Apprentice jockeys Emma Wilson and Corey Fraser will be on hand for a one-hour autograph session beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on the second floor of the grandstand.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will be meeting here Wednesday in the second-floor International Room, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

* Woodbine will begin taking entries on a 72-hour basis this week. There will be no scratch time.