09/19/2011 2:05PM

Woodbine: Attfield hardly down after big day's results


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The locals were shut out in the win column for the three major turf stakes here Sunday, but one trainer who still was happy with his day was Roger Attfield.

Attfield sent out Simmard to pick up second money of $100,000 in the Northern Dancer and Perfect Shirl to be the runner-up for a $60,000 payday in the Canadian.

“Simmard was touting me all week,” he said. “He and Perfect Shirl both just needed the right going to do well. I was delighted with both of them, and I was delighted with Hollinger, too.”

Hollinger, one of two horses whom Attfield saddled for the Woodbine Mile, finished eighth but was beaten just 3 1/2 lengths.

“I jumped him up into pretty tough company and, with the 1 hole and all, he showed that he’s back on track.

“We’ve just got to figure out which way to go with him now.”

Meanwhile, Simmard will point for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Canadian International over 1 1/2 miles on turf here Oct. 16 and Perfect Shirl for the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor on the same program.

Miss Keller, beaten three lengths as the fifth-place finisher in the Canadian, also should run back in the Taylor.

“She just got too far out of it. She came with a real big run,” said Attfield. “She’s Keller – everything has to work out right for her.”

Attfield’s other stakes starters were Mekong Melody, who ended 12th of 14 in the Canadian, and Forte dei Marmi, who ran 10th but was only 5 1/4 lengths behind the winner in the Mile.

“The only real disappointment was Mekong Melody,” said Attfield. “She didn’t run her race at all.”

Forte dei Marmi had arrived from Europe last Tuesday evening and was making his first start for Attfield.

“He’ll go on down to Florida,” said Attfield. “I think he’ll be a nice horse next year.”

Stars to Shine may be suited to synthetic

Mark Frostad sent out a total of five stakes starters, with his best result a third-place finish with Stars to Shine in the Canadian.

While Stars to Shine will be considered for the Taylor, she was coming off a stakes win here in the Belle Mahone on the main track and could return to a synthetic surface.

“I really liked her race on the Poly,” said Frostad, who also sent out Magic Broomstick to finish 5 1/4 lengths behind the winner as the ninth-place finisher in the Canadian and Forest Uproar to be beaten a grand total of six lengths in 11th place.

“Magic Broomstick only had the one race this year,” said Frostad. “She was blocked early, but I thought she hung at the end. She got a little tired.

“I might cut her back a little bit in distance, and look for a mile turf race.”

Magic Broomstick and Forest Uproar both are owned by Sam-Son Farm, and Frostad sent out that outfit’s Hotep to finish sixth of eight in the Northern Dancer and Grand Adventure to run ninth but only 4 3/4 lengths behind the winner in the Mile.

“Hotep got tired,” said Frostad. “It was only his third start of the year, and it was a big step up.

“Grand Adventure is probably best up to seven furlongs; he sort of hung. But he’s a lovely horse – we had to try it.’

Frostad plans to shorten up Grand Adventure for the six-furlong Nearctic, another Grade 1 turf feature on the Canadian International card.

The Nearctic also is the tentative target of the Mile’s fifth-place finisher, Riding the River, who had rallied into second place with a furlong to run and was beaten just 1 1/2 lengths at 34-1.

“I thought he ran awesome,” said Dave Cotey, trainer and co-owner of Riding the River. “To get beat by that much, by those horses, you’ve got to be proud of him.”

Laureate Conductor in International picture

Laureate Conductor was another local who outran his odds here Sunday, as he finished fourth in the Northern Dancer, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths at 69-1.

“The horse has been training really well, and I expected him to run well, but running at that level you never know,” said trainer Mike DePaulo. “I was just happy to get a chance to run him long.

DePaulo had claimed Laureate Conductor for $62,500 on behalf of Danny Dion’s Bear Stable three starts back, and the 5-year-old horse now is a prospect for the Canadian International.