07/22/2009 12:00AM

Tasty Temptation staying put for Wonder Where


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tasty Temptation, who had been under consideration for Saturday's Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont, instead will start here in the Wonder Where.

Coming off a fourth-place finish in the June 21 Queen's Plate, Tasty Temptation will be making her local turf debut in Saturday's $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race that is the final leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

"I just thought we'd stay at home for a quarter of a million," said Mark Casse, who conditions Tasty Temptation for Woodford Racing LLC. "After that, there just isn't a whole lot here for her. It just made more sense to do this now."

Tasty Temptation has won just one of nine starts but finished second in both the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette, and Casse was satisfied with her training track turf tune-up here last week under regular rider Patrick Husbands.

Retraceable, owned by Quintessential Racing and Richard and Patricia Lenihan, also will represent the Casse barn in the Wonder Where.

Winner of the Princess Elizabeth at 1 1/16 miles here last year, Retraceable was third when making her belated seasonal debut and first start on turf in the June 7 Alywow over 6 1/2 furlongs. Swinging back three weeks later in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City, which follows the Woodbine Oaks as the second leg of the triple tiara, Retraceable was a non-threatening sixth as the 1-2 choice under Husbands.

"The week going up to that race, she'd been kind of dull," said Casse. "She was eating on and off."

Casse also believes that Retraceable was hindered by her positioning during the Bison City.

"She doesn't like being between horses," said the trainer. "She was in and out. She could have done better with a different type of trip. But since that race, she's really come to life. I'm just going to throw it out; she had a bad week."

Corey Fraser, who rode Retraceable in her winning debut here last July, will return to the saddle for the first time since then in the Wonder Where.

Back to turf for Marchfield

Casse will be looking to cap a big weekend here Sunday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Nijinsky, with Marchfield scheduled to return to the turf after making his last eight starts on synthetic surfaces.

"He's doing so well on Poly," said Casse, who has sent out Marchfield to finish a close second in the 1 1/16 mile Eclipse and to win the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day in his two starts at this meeting. "But right now, if you have a turf horse that can run long here, you have a lot of options. We'll try this, and if he doesn't run up to his Polytrack form we might run him back on dirt."

Marchfield does have one important turf win on his resume as he captured the Breeders', the 1 1/2-mile race that is the final leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, in his 2007 campaign. The Nijinsky goes at 1 1/4 miles.

"I think, for him, it's distance that make him a better horse," said Casse.

The Casse-trained Royal Oath continued to prepare for his comeback when working five furlongs in 1:02.20 on the turf training course here Wednesday morning. A Kentucky-bred 6-year-old, Royal Oath has not seen action since winning the Grade 2 King Edward over 1 1/8 miles of turf in his second North American outing here in June 2008.

"He cracked his pastern," said Casse. "We took him to California this winter and tried to run him there, but it was just one thing after another. He's not an easy horse to train; he doesn't put a lot into his works."

Change of plans for Not Bourbon

Not Bourbon, who was scratched from his scheduled seasonal bow here in last Sunday's Bold Venture, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 under regular rider Jono Jones here Wednesday. Roger Attfield, who trains Not Bourbon for owner/breeder Charles Fipke, elected to pass on the Bold Venture to spare his colt the possible ordeal of a very hard race in his first start since last Sept. 20.

And after watching Fatal Bullet, Canada's reigning Horse of the Year and champion sprinter, demolish his Bold Venture opponents when making his first start of the season, Attfield was comfortable with his decision.

"That horse ran like we know he can run," said Attfield. "He's a total sprinter; my horse is a bit more of a dimensional horse. I didn't want to be getting into a battle with him, first start off a layoff."

Not Bourbon, who won four stakes including the Queen's Plate and was Canada's champion 3-year-old last year, now is scheduled to resurface in the $125,000 Shepperton, a 6 1/2-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Aug. 5.

Attfield has two for Nijinsky

As of Wednesday, Attfield planned to send out both Spice Route and Sligovitz in the Nijinsky.

Spice Route, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old gelding whom Attfield owns in partnership with Harlequin Ranches and Ralph Johnson, is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 United Nations over 1 3/8 miles of turf at Monmouth Park. Sligovitz, an Ontario-bred who races for his owner and breeder Stronach Stable, finished second in the 1 1/4-mile turf allowance prep for the Nijinsky here July 12.

On Wednesday Sligovitz breezed five furlongs on the turf training course in 1:01.80 under jockey Chantal Sutherland while going in company with stablemate Lady Shakespeare, who had Emma-Jayne Wilson in the irons. Lady Shakespeare, who has won her last two starts here, is slated to start at Saratoga in next Friday's Grade 2 Lake George, a 1 1/16 mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Approval Rating set for Seagram

Approval Rating, who finished behind Marchfield when third in the Eclipse and second in the Dominion Day, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 under regular rider Jim McAleney here Wednesday.

"He went very nice," said Terry Jordan, who trains Approval Rating for Peter Redekop. "That sets us up for the Seagram Cup."

The Seagram Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000, will be run here on the holiday Monday, Aug. 3.