11/12/2008 12:00AM

Utterly Cool injured, done for the year


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Utterly Cool, who had been looming as the horse to beat in Sunday's $250,000 Coronation Futurity, has undergone ankle surgery and is through for the season.

Sid Attard, who trains Utterly Cool for owner/breeder Mel Lawson's Jim Dandy Stable, had sent the colt out to breeze six furlongs in 1:15 on the main track here last Sunday in preparation for what was to be his first start on that surface in the Coronation, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

"He came back good, but at feeding time, he was sore," said Attard. "We had to put two screws in his ankle, on Monday.

"I'm just glad the problem didn't show up in a race. He could have broken down."

Utterly Cool is scheduled to spend a month here before shipping down to Kentucky, where he winters on the farm of Dr. Robert Copelan.

"He's going to be 100 percent," said Attard. "He'll be back in February."

Utterly Cool won his first two starts on the turf but then finished fourth as the odds-on favorite in the Grade 3 Summer.

In his most recent appearance, Utterly Cool was the 10 1/4-length winner of the $252,800 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds here Oct. 26. His year's earnings stand at $262,140.

In the meantime, Attard plans to contest at least two stakes before meet's end, with Just Rushing on target for the Nov. 22 Kennedy Road and Mean Green penciled in for the Nov. 29 Kingarvie.

Just Rushing would be making his first main-track start of the year in the six-furlong Kennedy Road, a Grade 3 stakes worth $150,000. A 7-year-old gelding who races for the Tucci Stable of Carlo and Lou Tucci, Just Rushing has run six times on the grass this season, winning the one-mile Labeeb and Grade 3, seven-furlong Play the King.

Just Rushing, who ran third in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and has earned $347,980 this year, finished a close third in last year's Kennedy Road and has won three stakes here on Polytrack.

Mean Green, owned by Howard Walton's Norseman Racing Stable, would be looking for his third stakes win in the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

After winning the seven-furlong Simcoe and six-furlong Bull Page, Mean Green was beaten 6 3/4 lengths when he was fourth in last Saturday's Frost King at seven furlongs.

"I don't know what happened," said Attard. "He was all over the racetrack."

Fatal Bullet back in town - for now

Fatal Bullet, who has been taking a bit of a break in Kentucky since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, had been scheduled to go from there to Palm Meadows but instead has returned to trainer Reade Baker at Woodbine.

While Fatal Bullet is nominated to Kennedy Road, he is not scheduled to participate. The current plan calls for Fatal Bullet, a gelding who races for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion, to ship back out to Santa Anita at the end of this month with an eye toward the Dec. 26 Malibu, a seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds that offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $250,000.

"We were always going to go back there to run in the Sunshine Millions Dash," said Baker.

"He'll stay there for that race, on Jan. 26, and then we'll probably take him to Florida."

Fatal Bullet, winner of 6 of 8 starts this year including Woodbine's 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture, Presque Isle's six-furlong Tom Ridge, and Turfway's Grade 3, six-furlong Kentucky Cup, is a leading contender for the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion sprinter.

Accompanying Fatal Bullet on his journey west will be Kentucky Bear, who has not seen action since finishing last of 10 in the Grade 3 Colonial Turf Cup over 1 3/16 miles of boggy going on June 21.

Kentucky Bear, who won his maiden first crack out over one mile at Gulfstream on Jan. 21, has made each of his four subsequent starts in graded stakes, finishing a close third in the Grade 1 Blue Grass and a troubled sixth in the Grade 1 Preakness.

"He's been back here about a month, and has worked twice," said Baker. "We'll start to get through his conditions."

Callwood Dancer off to Churchill

Callwood Dancer vanned out from Woodbine on Wednesday morning and has been entered in the Grade 3, $150,000 Cardinal Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Trained by Roger Attfield, Callwood Dancer will be making her first start for a new partnership as her owner Dick Bonnycastle sold a half-interest in the 4-year-old filly to Three Chimneys LLC.

Callwood Dancer's regular rider, Eurico da Silva, has the call for the Cardinal.

Attfield will be stopping over in Louisville, Ky., on his way to his regular winter headquarters at Florida's Payson Park, where a number of his charges already are present.

Assistant trainer Nancy Sullivan will be overseeing the local troops through the balance of the Woodbine meet, as Attfield does not plan to return until a couple of days before the Dec. 12 Sovereign Awards ceremony. As well as being a leading Sovereign Award candidate in his own category, Attfield has very prominent divisional contenders in Callwood Dancer, turf female, and Not Bourbon, 3-year-old male.

Pierce has pair for Fair Grounds opener

Trainer Malcolm Pierce has two horses entered on Friday's opening-day card at Fair Grounds including Whisper to Me in the featured Blushing K.D. Handicap.

The Blushing K.D., a turf race for fillies and mares at about 1 1/16 miles, attracted a field of 14 and Whisper to Me drew the inside post.

Whisper to Me, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old who races for her owner and breeder, Pin Oak Stable, was winless in four starts at Woodbine this year but scored in a money allowance at Keeneland in her last appearance on Oct. 10.