08/10/2001 11:00PM

Woodbine: Record Breeders' win for Attfield


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Favored Sweetest Thing blew away her five rivals at Woodbine in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

It was a record seventh Breeders' victory for trainer Roger Attfield, who is 4 for 4 in the race with fillies. Sweetest Thing returned $3.50 in her stakes debut and banked $300,000 for owners Mickey Canino, Bill Werner, and Attfield.

Fly Smartly, Go Figure, and Vie for Fame vied up front through slow fractions in the

1 1/2-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds. Sweetest Thing stalked the pace under Jim McAleney and made a three-wide bid for the lead midway on the far turn.

Sweetest Thing drifted wide at the top of the stretch, but was never threatened thereafter and coasted home on top by 7 1/2 lengths in a time of 2:29.90. Flaming Sky closed inside to edge Asia by a neck for third.

"I was able to put her in the exact position I wanted," said McAleney. "I didn't like being as wide as we were, but I felt I was on the best horse, and I didn't want to get her in any trouble."

* Meadow Gem remained unbeaten in four starts with an impressive front-running win over Saratoga shipper Gold Mover in the $142,900 Duchess Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Meadow Gem set splits of 22.54 and 44.96 seconds en route to a 2 1/4-length triumph in the seven-furlong dash. Gold Mover tracked Meadow Gem all the way, and was 4 1/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Poetically. The final time was 1:22.48.

Meadow Gem earned $83,100 in her first stakes engagement, and returned $2.80 as part of the favored entry with Poetically and Madame Red.

David Clark rode the winner, who is owned by trainer Bob Tiller in partnership with L Q Racing Stable and partners.