07/27/2005 11:00PM

Three Casse runners set for summer travel


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Casse's barn should have a hectic schedule during the coming weeks.

In addition to being busy on the home front, Casse is planning out-of-town forays for Higher World, Accountforthegold, and Ballado Dancer.

"I'm trying to figure out how to have all my people ready to go everywhere," said Casse. "But that's a good problem; it's better than not having anywhere to go."

Higher World is under consideration for the Monmouth Oaks, a Grade 3, $200,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 14.

Winner of the Grade 2 Mazarine at 1 1/16 miles here last fall, Higher World was an impressive winner over that distance when facing fillies and mares under second-level allowance terms in her last start here, July 10.

Accountforthegold is headed for Saratoga and the $150,000 Albany, a 1 1/8-mile race for New York-bred 3-year-olds on Aug. 24.

Runner-up in the Grade 2 Grey at 1 1/16 miles here last fall, Accountforthegold became a stakes winner at the same distance in the restricted New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 16.

But the performance that is freshest in Casse's mind is that of Ballado Dancer, who graduated impressively at five furlongs here last Sunday and is looking toward Monmouth and the Grade 3, $150,000 Sapling at six furlongs on Aug. 20.

Owned by William Farish Jr., Ballado Dancer had finished fourth of five when he debuted in the five-furlong Victoria here June 19.

"We were really high on him the first time we ran him," said Casse, "but I didn't do as good a job as I could have. I had so much confidence in him that I really thought he could win, even maybe not being at his very best, and he just got really tired."

Ballado Dancer showed no signs of weakening in his second attempt, however, as he led throughout the five furlongs under jockey Patrick Husbands.

"He's still better than what you saw the other day," said Casse. "All of our 2-year-olds have been going through a little bit of a virus, and he actually had it about a week out.

"I went ahead and put him in the race, but I thought it was only a 50-50 shot that I would run him. But he trained so well up to the race, we went ahead and ran him."

Casse notes that Ballado Dancer earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85 for his victory, compared with Edenwold's 80 for capturing the previous day's six-furlong Colin Stakes.

'Sidney' ready for Royal North

Unbridled Sidney checked into Woodbine on Thursday morning and will be the 122-pound highweight and probable favorite here in Monday's Royal North Handicap.

The Grade 3 Royal North, a six-furlong turf handicap for fillies and mares, offers a $150,000 purse.

Based at Churchill Downs with trainer Ronny Werner, Unbridled Sidney is coming off impressive back-to-back scores at five furlongs of turf, the latest coming in the $71,600 Zenobia Empress Handicap on July 9.

Unbridled Sidney breezed four furlongs in a bullet 46.80 seconds over Churchill's main track Monday morning. Craig Perret has the mount for the Royal North.

Saint Etienne breezes

Saint Etienne, one of two English invaders here for weekend stakes, breezed six furlongs in an impressive 1:12.80 on the training track here Thursday morning in preparation for the Royal North.

Leanne Masterton, Saint Etienne's regular exercise rider, was aboard for the drill.

"I just kicked with her off the bend, and she did a bit of running the last two furlongs," said Masterton.

Saint Etienne, a 4-year-old, made her last start in the Grade 3 Summer at York on July 8, finishing eighth in the six-furlong stakes at 3-1 odds.

Silver Highlight out to win maiden

The other invader, Silver Highlight, who is to go in Sunday's $250,000 Wonder Where for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, also was out for some exercise on the training track Thursday under regular exercise rider Cheryl Morris.

"She did a nice steadying piece of work," said Morris. "She was dying to go."

Silver Highlight is a maiden after five starts but is coming off a good fourth-place finish in Goodwood's listed Lupe Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf, the same distance as the Wonder Where.

Martin Dwyer is scheduled to ride both Silver Highlight and Saint Etienne, who are trained by Andrew Balding but will remain in North America with new connections.

Top Ten List wires Passing Mood

Top Ten List ($5.60) went right to the front and never looked back in Wednesday's $125,000 Passing Mood Stakes, winning with ease under apprentice Corey Fraser.

Simply Lovely finished second in the seven-furlong turf race, completing a sweep of the first two positions by Bob Tiller-trained daughters of Bold Executive.

Longshot Archer's Dreamer was third, while favored Baby Lou trailed the five-horse field of Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Top Ten List set moderate fractions over a yielding course and drew off in the stretch to prevail by 5 3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:25.93.

"I was just a passenger," said Fraser, who was riding without his apprentice allowance. "She was really relaxed out there, and no one was bothering us, which helped."

Top Ten List banked $75,000 in her second consecutive stakes score for the partnership of Frank DiGiulio Jr. and Tiller. She won the July 10 Ontario Damsel in her previous outing.

"She's gotten better with every race," said Tiller. "She's a strong filly with a lot of scope to her, and can do nothing but improve."

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink