10/05/2008 11:00PM

Several locals are Santa Anita-bound


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Saturday's Breeders' Cup Win and You're In Day at Woodbine featured some surprisingly strong performances by local horses, headed by Grand Adventure's success in the Summer.

A Kentucky-bred owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, Grand Adventure registered his second turf score in as many starts in the one-mile Summer.

Great Adventure had graduated at seven furlongs on grass in his debut under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva.

"It had been five weeks since his first start, but I felt he was ready," said Frostad. "He had some good works here.

"He might have got a little tired in the last 70 yards or so. He'd get a lot out of that race."

All being well, Grand Adventure will take advantage of his guaranteed berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

Skipadate, beaten a head as the Summer runner-up, could be headed for a rematch with Grand Adventure in California.

"I'd say he's going," said Mark Casse, who trains Skipadate. "The winner had a race over the course; that might have made a difference."

Skipadate had made his first two starts at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Saratoga, winning in a dead heat and then finishing second in the With Anticipation Stakes.

Sealy Hill will go on to Breeders' Cup

Casse, in what he termed "a good, but not a great, day," also sent out Sealy Hill to finish third in the E.P. Taylor and Seaside Retreat to run fourth in the Canadian International.

Sealy Hill, who had yet to replicate her championship form of 2007 this season, was beaten 1 3/4 lengths by winner Folk Opera and just a head by runner-up Callwood Dancer in the E.P. Taylor.

"We had decided, come hell or high water, that we were going to sit back and make one big run," said Casse. "That was how she was successful last year.

"But there was no pace; they came the last quarter in 22.80. She did get stopped for a second, and that cost her second money."

Even though she did not win and get in, Casse still plans to send Sealy Hill to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

"I think she deserves a shot," said Casse.

Seaside Retreat was beaten 3 1/2 lengths in the Canadian International after looming as a serious threat in midstretch under Patrick Husbands, who was aboard all three of Casse's stakes runners.

"He almost got dropped, a sixteenth of a mile out of the gate," said Casse. "Patrick said he wanted to get out. The plan was to get to the rail, where the track was better, but he ended up out in the middle of the track. Nothing went as planned."

Seaside Retreat will be pointed for the Grade 2, $250,000 Sky Classic, a 1o3/8-mile turf race here Oct. 25.

Attfield pleased with both of his horses

Spice Route, beaten 1 3/4 lengths as the Canadian International runner-up, capped an excellent afternoon for trainer Roger Attfield, who also sent out Callwood Dancer to finish second in the E.P. Taylor.

Callwood Dancer also had finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Canadian, the major local prep for the E.P. Taylor, while Spice Route had run a close fifth in the Northern Dancer, the key local stepping-stone to the Canadian International.

"I knew the filly would run well, but the colt needed to do it again," said Attfield. "They both ran tremendous races."

Attfield will discuss the possibility of a Breeders' Cup appearance for Callwood Dancer with her owner, Dick Bonnycastle.

An Irish-bred 4-year-old filly, Callwood Dancer is entered in the November breeding stock sale at Keeneland.

Spice Route, also owned by Bonnycastle, is not Breeders' Cup nominated and is not under consideration.

Starticus may be done for the year

Another local hero here Saturday was Starticus, who led to the late stages of the Nearctic before ending third, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the six-furlong turf race.

"I thought he performed brilliantly," said trainer Ralph Biamonte. "He just got outrun. He keeps trying hard, hard, hard. We're certainly proud of him."

Barring a major change in plans, Starticus will not be heading to the Breeders' Cup.

"He came out of the race great, but there just doesn't seem to be anything left for him," said Biamonte. "We might just have to put him away for the year; that wouldn't bother us."

Marlang loses his composure

There were disappointments for Saturday's locally based stakes runners as well, with the most prominent being Marlang and Utterly Cool.

Marlang, the lone 3-year-old in the Canadian International lineup, was seeking his third straight stakes win but finished ninth in the field of 10.

"He picked a bad day to lose his cool," said trainer Debbie England, who has had issues with the temperamental Marlang in the past. "When he was coming over for the race he saw the fillies racing on the grass [in the E.P. Taylor] and he got all wound up.

"He's never been so tough to saddle. I'd schooled him in there twice since his last race, and he'd been perfect."

England and Marlang's owner/breeder, Gustav Schickedanz, have yet to decide upon the colt's immediate future.

Earlier, Utterly Cool was the odds-on choice in the Summer but ended a well-beaten fourth.

"He came back good," said trainer Sid Attard. "We scoped him, but he was clean as a whistle. The only excuse was that he didn't have the best part of the going, out in the middle of the track."

Utterly Cool's next target is the $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds here Oct. 26.