10/11/2006 12:00AM

Skip Code might give Juvenile a try


Woodbine’s Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes has produced one winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Macho Uno, who won the Grey in 2000 before going on to win the Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

Wando (2002), Cash Deposit (1996), Talkin Man (1994), and Regal Classic (1987) also won the Grey and went on to compete in the BC Juvenile, with Regal Classic faring the best with a second-place finish.

Trainer Mark Casse is keeping his options open, but said Skip Code is a possibility for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after his impressive tally under jockey Patrick Husbands in the Grade 3, $226,100 Grey here Monday.

This year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will be run at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

“It might not have been the strongest Grey I’ve ever seen,” said Casse. “But you only got to see a little bit of him. I think he has the potential to be a very nice horse. He has a wonderful stride; he’ll run all day long. For a big horse, he has a quick turn of foot.

“He’ll make his next start in Kentucky,” said Casse. “He’ll run in either the Iroquois, the Breeders’ Cup, or the Jockey Club.”

The Iroquois, a Grade 3, $100,000 race over one mile, will be run Oct. 29. The Kentucky Jockey Club, a Grade 2 race at 1 1/16 miles, will be run Nov. 25. Both races are at Churchill Downs.

Skip Code is owned by Charles Laloggia, who took a shine to Woodbine after he sent Key West Breeze, trained by Patrick Byrne, to finish second in the Colin here last summer. Laloggia now has three

2-year-olds here with Casse, with Skip Code sharing accommodations with Bird on the Run and Full House.

Bird on the Run, an Ontario-bred, won his debut and then finished third in a first-level allowance, both over five furlongs on the inner track.

Full House, a Kentucky-bred, ended seventh of 12 in his first start here last Saturday.

Seaside Retreat gelded

Seaside Retreat, a Sovereign Award finalist for Casse last year after finishing third in the Grey and winning the Display, will be a first-time gelding for his next appearance.

A Kentucky-bred son of King Cugat owned by Bill Farish Jr., Seaside Retreat has been notoriously uncooperative and was gelded following his latest workout here last Saturday.

“He’s probably the toughest horse I’ve ever trained,” said Casse, who nevertheless managed to send out Seaside Retreat to win 4 of 11 races and $564,963.

Seaside Retreat’s next major target will be the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Derby, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds on Nov. 26.

Financingavailable in top form

Financingavailable, who was owned and trained by Casse before being sold privately in the summer of 2004, continued to pay off for owner K.K. Sangara and trainer Lorne Richards in the $125,000 Classy ’n Smart here Monday.

Financingavailable’s victory in the Classy ’n Smart marked her third consecutive stakes score. A 5-year-old, she has won 10 of 19 starts.

“She’s just a lot of horse right now,” said Richards, who now is faced with an interesting choice of stakes for Financingavailable’s next appearance.

A leading candidate for Sovereign Award honors in her division, Financingavailable could run in the $125,000 Ontario Fashion, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares here Nov. 4, or await the $175,000 Maple Leaf, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares here Nov. 11.

“Shorten up or lengthen out?” said Richards. “I may be more inclined to pick the longer race.”

In either case, Richards said he would be looking down the road toward the $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares here Nov. 26.

“I have to get a race into her before then,” said Richards.

Jim McAleney rode Financingavailable in the Classy ’n Smart.

Only If Split done for the year

Only If Split, also purchased from Casse by Sangara and Richards, won the Muskoka here Sept. 4 in her first start for Sangara and Richards, but will not race again this season.

“She had a bit of a spur on one knee when we bought her,” said Richards, who purchased Only If Split in the week leading up the Muskoka. “I think she’ll be a decent little horse next year. She’ll have some decent opportunities.”

Only If Split scored her first victory in the Muskoka, a 6 1/2-furlong yearling sales stakes, which was her fourth start.

Only If Split came into the Muskoka off a second-place finish in the Nandi, a six-furlong stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Same conditions for ‘Amazonian’

Amazonian Memories, coming off a third-place finish versus similar company here Sept. 17, looms the one to beat in Friday’s $69,100 first-level allowance feature at 1 1/16 miles for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

Amazonian Memories competed in a 14-horse field on Sept. 17. The one-two finishers in the race, Wise Knight and Rye on the Rocks, went on to finish second and first in a one-mile turf allowance for Ontario-sired nonwinners of three here Sept. 29.

Trained by Norm DeSouza, who has a 21-percent win rate, Amazonian Memories will face five rivals in Friday’s race.

Amazonian Memories’s chief rivals are recent maiden winners Pressac and Blue Deputy.