06/27/2001 11:00PM

Turner's Hall won't go long-distance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Turner's Hall, fifth-place finisher for owners Eugene and Laura Melnyk in the June 9 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, could have continued on the Canadian Triple Tiara trail in Sunday's Bison City at Fort Erie.

But instead, the filly will stay at Woodbine for Monday's $135,000 Ontario Damsel, a 6 1/2-furlong turf race that also is restricted to Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

"I don't think she really wants to go quite that far," said trainer Ron Burke, with reference not to the 90-mile van ride to Fort Erie but to the Bison City's 1 1/16-mile distance.

"She'll run a mile and a sixteenth, but when you have to hook four or five other good horses her chances of winning are a little bit less.

"The Ontario Damsel looks like a good spot, with the two races coming up next to each other."

While Turner's Hall will be making her turf debut and has not had an opportunity to work on grass this year, Burke is not overly concerned.

"She handled it all right last year, in a workout," he said.

Cool N Collective pointed for Elgin

Cool N Collective, last seen locally winning the 1 1/16-mile Elgin here last Sept. 4, is back in trainer Reade Baker's barn at Woodbine.

And although Cool N Collective was nominated to Sunday's Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap, Baker does not believe the 1 1/4-mile distance is in the colt's best interests and will point him toward this year's running of the Elgin here Sept. 3.

Owned by Earle Mack, Cool N Collective followed up his Elgin success with a second-place finish at The Meadowlands in the Group 2 Pegasus, which was won by subsequent Canadian champion 3-year-old Kiss a Native.

Cool N Collective then was turned over to trainer Steve Asmussen and finished second in three of his four allowance outings in Louisiana and Kentucky before being sent back to Baker last week.

"He's in good shape," said Baker. "He's been in training for a long time; he's had about five weeks off in three years."

Baker has other stakes plans

In the more immediate future, Baker plans to have stakes on the platter for A Genuine Honour and Matter of Law.

A Genuine Honour, a 5-year-old horse owned by Curraghmore Farm, is slated for the Overskate, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward at Woodbine on Wednesday.

A homebred by Matter of Honor, A Genuine Honour was making his second start of the season when he finished second over 6 1/2 furlongs under allowance terms here last Sunday.

Krz Ruckus, who is 3 for 3 this year, became a stakes winner last time out in the six-furlong New Providence here May 20 and looks to be the one to beat in the Overskate.

Matter of Law, bred by Baker and owned by the trainer in partnership with his wife, Janis Maine, should be eyeing her second win in as many starts in the $135,000 Shady Well, a 5 1/2-furlong race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here July 8.

Also by Matter of Honor, Matter of Law scored over 4 1/2 furlongs when she was entered for a claiming price of $80,000 here June 8 and breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 here last Sunday.

One of her Shady Well opponents should be Happy to Be Home, who gave her sire, Langfuhr, his first winner with her game victory in a five-furlong maiden special here June 10.

Happy to Be Home, who is out of a Wild Again mare, Miss Lucy Black, was bred and is owned by the Windhaven Farm of Bill Graham and is trained by Roger Attfield.

Whyte returning for Trophy

Douglas Whyte, champion jockey in Hong Kong, will be here as a representative of the Hong Kong Jockey Club for the fourth running of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy.

Whyte, a 29-year-old native of South Africa who has been competing in Hong Kong for four years, rode 88 winners during the 2000-2001 Hong Kong season and topped the standings at the recently concluded Sha Tin meeting with 61 wins.

The Grade 2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up with a purse of $250,000, will be run Sunday, July 22.

Two riders appealing bans

Jockeys Gary Boulanger and Jim McAleney both are appealing suspensions which were scheduled to begin Sunday.

Boulanger was facing a ban of five racing days for "misuse of his whip" during the stretch run of last Sunday's seventh race. The stewards ruled Boulanger had struck his mount, Petal, on the belly several times. Petal won the race by a neck.

McAleney had been issued a suspension of three racing days after the stewards ruled he had gone out with his mount, Hunter Todd, and interfered with Dream Launcher during the running of last Sunday's Charlie Barley Handicap. Hunter Todd finished fourth but was disqualified and placed fifth.

* The stewards have denied the protest of owner/trainer Eric Garcea regarding the claim of the horse Devil's Shadow from the eighth race here June 21. Devil's Shadow was claimed by Down the Road Stable, the nom du course of new owner Jeff Voyce, who recently had worked as a groom for Garcea.