09/05/2012 12:25PM

Woodbine notes: Casse runs 1-2-3 in Simcoe Stakes

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Michael Burns
Dynamic Sky wins the Simcoe Stakes by a head over stablemate Honorable Guest (No. 6).

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse hit the trifecta here in Monday’s 6 1/2-furlong Simcoe, the yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Casse did not wager, which would have yielded only $165.50 for each $2 played, but saddled the first three finishers for a gross return of $180,000.

Dynamic Sky led the way, scoring by a head over Honorable Guest, with Star Contender a distant third. The three are unlikely to meet again in the near future.

“Honorable Guest is Ontario-sired; he’ll be going to the Bull Page,” said Casse, with reference to the $125,000 stakes for Ontario-sired colts and geldings here Oct. 8. “Dynamic Sky, I’ll probably stretch him out. He may go to the Grey.”

The Grey, a 1 1/16-mile race that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $200,000, will be run here Oct. 7.

Star Contender was making his first lifetime start in the Simcoe and obviously has plenty of options.

“He got into some trouble,” Casse said. “I think he was the best horse in the race. He blew by them galloping out.”

Casse also sent out the top three finishers in last year’s Grey with Prospective, Lockout, and Bluedacious showing the way, and in the 2007 Natalma with Clearly Foxy, Nite in Rome, and Lickety Lemon.

Cryptic Message stays perfect

Cryptic Message ran her record to 4 for 4 for earnings of $315,000 while notching her third stakes win in the 6 1/2-furlong Muskoka for 2-year-old fillies.

“Not bad for $5,000,” said trainer Ralph Biamonte, who purchased Cryptic Message for that price at last year’s open session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s local sale on behalf of owner Eugene George. “She’s a fighter. She’s more like a gelding than a filly. She stays focused because she’s tough.”

Cryptic Message, who earlier won the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well over Ontario-bred filly opposition and the six-furlong Nandi for Ontario-sired fillies, could swing back here in the $125,000 Victorian Queen on Sept. 29.

The six-furlong Victorian Queen is an Ontario-sired filly stakes.

Welloiledmachine eyes Overskate

The most appropriate winner on Monday’s card was Welloiledmachine, a $17,000 yearling buy who captured the $125,400 Halton for trainer Mike Keogh and owners Christine and Dennis Windsor.

Christine Windsor had groomed Mobil, whose numerous stakes wins included three straight editions of the Halton over one mile of turf, and the fact that Welloiledmachine was a son of Mobil had been the key to his being purchased.

Welloiledmachine landed his second allowance condition in front-running fashion over 1 1/8 miles of Polytrack last time out, and Keogh also had nominated the 4-year-old gelding to Monday’s Elgin.

“I’ve always felt he was better on turf,” Keogh said. “He’ll be nominated to the Overskate, but I’m not sure whether he’ll run in there.”

The $125,000 Overskate, a seven-furlong Polytrack race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up, will be run here Sept. 22.

Welloiledmachine finished second behind Pender Harbour in last year’s Bunty Lawless, which is a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up, and a rematch could be in the works.

Pender Harbour dominates Elgin

Pender Harbour, shortening up from 1 1/4 miles on the turf and returning to action two weeks after finishing a close fourth in the Grade 2 Sky Classic, dominated his four rivals in Monday’s 1 1/16-mile Elgin for colts and geldings.

A 4-year-old gelding trained by Mike DePaulo, Pender Harbour now has earned more than $1.2 million for owners Denny Andrews, Sandra Lazaruk, and Bob and Roberta Giffin and should be looking to add to that total next month.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Durham Cup, a 1 1/8-mile main-track race that will be run Oct. 14, Canadian International Day, is one option for Pender Harbour.

And then there is the Bunty Lawless, which will be run Oct. 21.

“I’d have to see what kind of weight he’d be going to carry there,” DePaulo said.

Tee Game, Bear’s Chill get wins

Trainers of horses who had been claimed after going through one of the local sales were not eligible for the $10,000 sales credit collected by Casse, Biamonte, Keogh, and DePaulo.

That clause deprived Sam DiPasquale and Sid Attard of the bonus, but both could be satisfied with jobs well done as the respective conditioners of Tee Game and Bear’s Chill.

Tee Game, who was haltered for $30,000 here in June 2011, missed by just a neck as the runner-up in last year’s Algoma. On Monday, under returning rider Richard Dos Ramos, Tee Game led throughout to earn the first prize of $75,000 in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for fillies and mares.

Tee Game, also owned by DiPasquale in partnership with Teddy Louie, had taken a rather unusual route to the Algoma.

“I used the Belle Mahone as a prep,” said DiPasquale, who had supplemented Tee Game to that 1 1/16-mile overnight stakes for fillies and mares here Sept. 3. “I thought she could get part of the purse. She wound up seventh, beaten only three lengths. It set her up perfectly for this.”

Bear’s Chill had been claimed for $62,500 from his last start, in which he had faltered to finish seventh over seven furlongs here Aug. 12.

Debuting for owners Carlo and Lou Tucci and trainer Sid Attard in Monday’s six-furlong Kenora, Bear’s Chill partnered a stalking trip into a driving win under Patrick Husbands.

“Lou had been watching the horse; he always liked him,” said Attard, who had watched Bear’s Chill win himself out with the Kenora’s $75,000 first prize. “The horse always looked good.”

Attard plans to be in Pennsylvania on Friday to saddle Eternal Rule for the $250,000 Presque Isle Mile. Jesse Campbell has the call.

Hunters Bay also was entered, but will be scratching in favor of the Sept. 16 Woodbine Mile.

Scalo works for Northern Dancer

Scalo, the German shipper who stayed on at Woodbine after finishing a closing third in the Sky Classic, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 under exercise rider Marketa Cernocka on the main track here Wednesday.

Trained by Andreas Woehler, the 5-year-old Scalo is preparing for the Grade 1, $500,000 Northern Dancer at 1 1/2 miles on the turf on Woodbine Mile Day.

Indian Pond, trained by Casse, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 under exercise rider Jason Hoyte and is heading for the same day’s Canadian Stakes.

The $300,000 Canadian is a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Ariana D breezed three furlongs in 36.40 seconds on the main track here Wednesday for trainer Laurie Silvera and has been entered in Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Presque Isle Masters.

Atlantic Hurricane, based here with trainer Stu Simon, also is heading for the Presque Isle Masters, which is a 6 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Omar Moreno has the mount on Ariana D, while Emile Ramsammy rides Atlantic Hurricane.