09/01/2006 11:00PM

Sextet in position to give Keogh four-peat in Halton


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - After winning the last three runnings of the Halton Stakes with the now-retired Mobil, trainer Mike Keogh will try to make it four in a row Monday with Sextet.

A one-mile grass race, the Halton is one of six $125,000 stakes on the Woodbine card that are restricted to graduates of local yearling sales.

Sextet, a son of 1996 Canadian International winner Singspiel, finished third in the 2005 Halton. He may be peaking this year at age 5 and recently captured a 1 1/4-mile allowance with an eye-catching wide rally under Emile Ramsammy.

"He did show a little turn of foot last time," Keogh said. "When Emile called on him, he just kicked into another gear. I'd never seen that from him before. Usually, he's just a galloper. He might be getting better with age. I guess the Singspiels do take a while to come around."

The Halton was formerly contested at 1 1/8 miles. Keogh said he was disappointed to see the race shortened to a mile this year, because of Sextet's ability to handle extended distances.

"Looking at his form, he'll go all day," said Keogh, who cross-entered Sextet in the Elgin on the Polytrack.

Financingavailable tops Algoma

Financingavailable and Sweet Breanna head the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

Financingavailable lowered Woodbine's seven-furlong track record on the old main track July 2 when she won the Sweet Briar Too Stakes. After suffering a neck loss in the Royal North, Financingavailable scored a 5 1/4-length win in the restricted Victoriana Stakes on grass Aug. 20.

"She's handled just about everything we've thrown at her," said trainer Lorne Richards. "She seemed to handle the Polytrack fine in the mornings."

Sweet Breanna ran second to Kimchi in both the Woodbine Oaks and the Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie. Most recently in the Wonder Where Stakes on turf, she finished a fading sixth, an effort that trainer Steve Attard said puzzled him.

"I thought the yielding turf wouldn't hurt her, and that she'd like the grass more than the dirt," Attard said. "The Oaks and the Bison City were two tough races for her, and maybe she needed a little more time between races. She's had some time now, and I think she's on top of her game."

Tiller could sweep juvenile stakes

Trainer Bob Tiller has the probable favorite in each of the 2-year-old stakes: Midnight Shadow in the Muskoka and Spread the News in the Simcoe. Both races were shortened from seven to 6 1/2 furlongs, because the end of the chute is undergoing construction.

Midnight Shadow has won her last three starts, all at five furlongs, including two stakes over the inner track. Tiller said he was leery of running her in a longer sprint on the Polytrack.

"I'm going to take a look at the race," Tiller said. "There's a couple of six-furlong stakes later on. When the Poly settles a little, it might be more speed-conducive."

Spread the News won the Clarendon two start ago, but was third as the favorite most recently in the Vandal, another five-furlong stakes on the inner track.

"The track was a foot deep in the Vandal," Tiller said. "He had missed a work, and he drew the 1-hole, where he had to be sent up there early for a speed duel. I think that cost him the race. I expect a better race from him."

Tiller said he is optimistic about Spread the News's chances at 6 1/2 furlongs.