10/04/2001 12:00AM

Streaking Sweetest Thing to hit the road


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - With victories in the Breeders' and Wonder Where under her belt, Sweetest Thing is ready to test the waters south of the border. Sweetest Thing, a 3-year-old filly owned by her trainer, Roger Attfield, in partnership with Mickey Canino and Bill Werner, won last Saturday's Wonder Where with plenty in reserve.

"She's been invited to the Queen Elizabeth race in Kentucky," Attfield said, referring to the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland Oct. 13, "and I'll nominate her to the Pebbles, the same weekend. It's a little quick back, but it seems she came out of [the Wonder Where] very well. I think it's probably feasible to do one of those races."

The Pebbles at Belmont Oct. 14 and the Queen Elizabeth both are

1 1/8-mile turf races for 3-year-old fillies. But while the Pebbles is a Grade 3 worth $100,000, the Queen Elizabeth is a Grade 1 worth $500,000.

"The Grade 1 would be a nice one to show you would be competitive in," said Attfield. "She's certainly doing very well, this filly, and I don't think a mile and an eighth would be too short for her."

While Sweetest Thing was successful when debuting at 1 1/8 miles in June. Her Breeders' win came at

1 1/2 miles and her Wonder Where at 1 1/4 miles. All of her starts have come on the grass.

A solid performance by Sweetest Thing in either U.S. locale would enhance her case for the Sovereign Award in the filly-mare turf category.

Her stablemate, Free Vacation, who won the Breeders' and Wonder Where for the same connections in 1999, went on to be voted Canada's female turf champion.

Free Vacation starts once before sale

Free Vacation, who finished ninth at Woodbine in Sunday's E.P. Taylor Stakes, is scheduled to make one more start before going under the hammer at Keeneland next month.

"I might run her here in the Sky Classic," said Attfield. "Either that or the Dowager in Kentucky."

Free Vacation would be facing males in the Grade 2, $150,000 Sky Classic, a 1 3/8-mile turf race here Oct. 28. The $100,000 Dowager is a

1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares at Keeneland Oct. 14.

In last year's Sky Classic, which ran earlier in the schedule, Free Vacation finished second to entrymate Muntej. Owned by Attfield and a host of partners, Muntej had been scheduled to run in last Sunday's Canadian International, but he was discovered to be lame in his stall the night before entries were taken.

"He popped a curb," said Attfield, referring to a common hock injury. "He'll be out for the fall, anyway."

Torrid Affair retired

Torrid Affair, a multiple stakes winner for Attfield and the Kinghaven Farm of her owner and breeder David Willmot, has been retired.

"She's going to be a broodmare," said Attfield. "She just wasn't traveling well enough to go on with. She's done well for us, anyway, and by the time I got her right the season would be over."

Torrid Affair, an Ontario-bred daughter of Alydeed and the Vice Regent mare Lover's Talk, heads to the breeding shed with a record of six wins, a second, and a third from 14 starts, and earnings of $367,829. Her victories included last year's Ontario Fashion and this year's La Voyageuse and Sweet Briar Too handicaps.

Attfield enters two in separate stakes

Attfield also will be active on the local front in stakes this weekend, sending out Classic Runaway in Saturday's Cup and Saucer and A Fleets Dancer in Sunday's Durham Cup.

A Fleets Dancer will be making his first appearance at Woodbine since winning the Dominion Day Handicap on July 1. He will be the 120-pound highweight in a field that includes defending champion Kiss a Native, the crack 3-year-old Win City, the invader Nite Dreamer, and Bold n' Fancy.

Milwaukee Brew, runner-up to Kiss a Native in the Durham last year, again was nominated but will not run. Winless in four starts this year for trainer Joe Orseno, Milwaukee Brew was sent to Adena Springs North, the Ontario base of Stronach Stables Inc., this summer and will be back under the training of Tino Attard next month.

"He's been on the farm for a couple of months," said trainer Kevin Attard, who is subbing for his father, Tino, while the elder Attard sits out a 30-day suspension. "He's pointing at the Autumn Handicap right now."

The Grade 3 Autumn, a $150,000 race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be run over 1 1/16 miles here Nov. 10.

Parisia up in time

Parisia overhauled Jade Eyed in the final strides to win her maiden in convincingly in Wednesday's $103,900 Victorian Queen Stakes. Jade Eyed, the 8-5 favorite in the seven-horse field of Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies, vied up front with Matter of Law through splits of 22.54 seconds and 45.93 in the six-furlong race.

Parisia stalked the pace under Constant Montpellier and had to wait for running room early in the lane. She found a path along the inside at the eighth pole, and wore down Jade Eyed to win by a neck. My Valley Girl finished another 2 1/2 lengths back in third. The final time was 1:12.65.

"She did everything right," said winning trainer Mike Mattine. "She laid off the speed and saved ground on the rail, which seemed like the best part of the track tonight. She dug in and got home."

Parisia returned $6.90 in what was her second start with Lasix, and she earned $62,340 for owner Ted Burnett.

The first race on Wednesday's card, which was scheduled for 6:45 p.m. but delayed by 37 minutes because the on-site ambulance reportedly was involved in an accident. Races cannot proceed without a dedicated ambulance on site.

o The Ontario Racing Industry has upheld the appeal of owner Austin Hinds and declared Queen Sally the winner of the fourth race here Aug. 8. Queen Sally had finished first but was disqualified and placed last in the six-horse field after the stewards ruled she had interfered with Ok Maybe, who fell in midstretch.

* Woodbine will offer simulcast wagering on Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which is slated to go postward at approximately 11:30 a.m. The following race from Longchamp, the Handicap Epreuve, will be simulcast at 12:15 p.m.

--additional reporting by Ron Gierkink