10/02/2008 12:00AM

Utterly Cool clear speed in Summer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Utterly Cool, utterly impressive when racing here on the turf in his only two starts, looms the horse to beat in Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Summer Stakes.

The Summer, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds, was moved forward on the stakes schedule this year to be part of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Win and You're In program, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the BC Juvenile Turf.

Facing divisional Win and You're In competition from Belmont's rescheduled Pilgrim on Wednesday and Keeneland's Woodford Reserve Bourbon this Sunday, the Summer had been having trouble scraping up a quorum.

Then, a late flurry of interest led to a field of eight passing the entry box Wednesday morning.

The others will have to run some, however, to chill out Utterly Cool, who has won his two starts by a combined total of 12 1/2 lengths under jockey Richard Dos Ramos.

"I don't think he's going to have a problem with the mile," said Sid Attard, who trains the homebred Utterly Cool for Mel Lawson's Jim Dandy Stable. "He won easy going three-quarters, and he won easy going seven-eighths. The last time, Richard Dos Ramos just tapped him on the shoulder once. It looks like the farther, the better for him."

The lone shipper for the Summer is Jess Not Jesse, a winner of his only start, going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

Jess Not Jesse is trained by Linda Rice, and Garrett Gomez picks up the mount.

Grand Adventure, trained by Mark Frostad and a winner here at seven furlongs on turf in his only outing, and Skipadate, a Mark Casse trainee who has run well in his only two starts, traveling 1 1/16 miles on turf at Saratoga, complete a strong local contingent for the Summer.

Eurico Rosa da Silva will ride Grand Adventure, who scored by 3 1/4 lengths in that Aug. 30 debut.

"He's been doing great, training great," said Frostad. "I'm expecting him to run a big race. The mile should be no problem."

Skipadate, owned by Casse in partnership with Peter Rosbek's Hidden Point Farm, finished in a dead heat for first in his Aug. 4 opener and then finished second, beaten a head, in the With Anticipation Stakes on Aug. 29.

"He was so much the best in his first race," said Casse. "He circled horses, and got into trouble.

"In his second race, again, he got in a little bit of trouble and made a big run. He easily beat the horse he had dead-heated with previously."

Patrick Husbands will ride Skipadate for the first time.