11/11/2009 12:00AM

Teide ships in to make Autumn impact

Four-Footed Fotos
Teide will be the second horse Hastings-based trainer Dino Condilenios has run at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Dino Condilenios traveled east to Woodbine with Rosberg for last November's Autumn Stakes following the end of the Hastings meeting. On Saturday, Condilenios will be sending out just his second Woodbine starter when Teide runs in the $150,000 Autumn at 1 1/16 miles.

"For now, this is the only race we're planning to run in here," said the 38-year-old Condilenios, who finished third with 33 wins at Hastings this year as the private trainer for Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.

Rosberg, who came into the Autumn off a neck win in the B.C. Premiers, finished seventh. Teide, a 5-year-old horse, is taking his crack at the Autumn after missing by a head in the Premiers last time out.

"Rosberg was a pretty nice horse, but he had a lot of soundness issues," said Condilenios, adding that the horse now is standing at stud in British Columbia. "He may have peaked a little bit before his race here. Teide is a pretty sound horse. He's been pretty lightly raced this year, and he's coming into this race on top of his game."

After making his first 11 starts in the eastern United States for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Teide was purchased privately by Swift Thoroughbred principals Mark Mache and Horatio Kemeny and came to Condilenios in Vancouver.

Teide's six starts there this season have yielded four victories, including scores in the 1 1/8-mile Lt. Governors, S.W. Randall Plate, and Winston Churchill.

He also journeyed to Emerald Downs for the Grade 3 Longacres Mile, where a win would have earned him a guaranteed starting spot in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Teide was beaten three-quarters of a length as the third-place finisher.

"He had a troubled trip; he probably should have won," said Condilenios.

Unsure of whether Teide would make the Breeders' Cup Mile lineup if the race was oversubscribed, Condilenios elected to run in the Oct. 12 Premiers at 1 3/8 miles.

"It's kind of a funny distance," said Condilenios. "He was a little too sharp, and used himself up a little too early."

Teide now will be making his third appearance on a synthetic surface, having finished third and fourth in second-level allowance races at Keeneland during his days with McLaughlin.

On Monday, Teide worked four furlongs here in 49.80 seconds.

"He seemed to handle it," said Condilenios.

Attfield has trio for Autumn

Trainer Roger Attfield was a man on the move here Wednesday, sending out no fewer than 17 horses to work on the main track. That number included Palladio, Sligovitz, and Tutti Buona Gente, all of whom have been entered in the Autumn.

Palladio, a 7-year-old horse who has finished fifth in the last two runnings of the Autumn, breezed four furlongs in 47.60 and is coming off a third-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Autumn prep.

Sligovitz, a 4-year-old colt who finished third in the Chief Bearhart over 1 1/4 miles of yielding turf last time out, breezed four furlongs in 48.80.

Tutti Buona Gente, a 3-year-old colt who cleared his second allowance condition in his last start, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60.

Miss Keller sharpens for Mrs. Revere

Other Attfield workers included Miss Keller, Sand Cove, and Society's Chairman.

Miss Keller, who breezed four furlongs in 49.40, has been entered in Saturday's Grade 2, $175,000 Mrs. Revere, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

Eurico Rosa da Silva, who rode Miss Keller to a close second-place finish in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland, will be making the trip to Kentucky again Saturday.

Sand Cove and Society's Chairman finished second and third behind Rahy's Attorney in the Bunty Lawless.

Sand Cove, who breezed four furlongs in 47.80, and Society's Chairman, who breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80, both are candidates for the $125,000 Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Dec. 2.

Two stakes-winning mares sold

A pair of locally based stakes-winning mares, Callwood Dancer and Tell It As It Is, sold at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale on Tuesday.

Callwood Dancer, an Irish-bred 5-year-old who was Canada's champion turf mare in 2008 and a winner of $784,942, sold for $675,000.

Attfield, who trained Callwood Dancer through her 24-start career, said the mare is headed for Australia.

Tell It As It Is, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old who earned $391,374 in her 21-start career for owner Richard Lister and trainer Jim Smith, fetched $280,000.

Few new wrinkles planned for 2010

Woodbine has applied to the Ontario Racing Commission for a 167-day meeting in 2010, the same number of days as in recent seasons.

The only major wrinkles in the schedule involve an opening three-day week as opposed to the recent two-day kickoff and 2 p.m. post for Thursdays rather than the current 1 p.m. beginning.

The meeting would begin on April 2, which is Good Friday, and would enable Woodbine to capitalize on the statutory holiday.

Friday through Sunday racing would continue until April 28, which marks the first Wednesday program. Thursday racing would begin on June 3 with the new post time.

"We only run eight races on Thursdays, and we found that starting at 1 p.m. we were finishing a little too early," said Steve Lym, who is the racing secretary and a director of racing at Woodbine. "We wanted to end later in the day, to get into the meat of the program at the other afternoon racetracks."