06/17/2007 11:00PM

Another top showing keeps Bear Now on target


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bear Now proved that her effort in the Selene was no aberration with her superlative performance in the $100,000 Hill 'n' Dale here at Woodbine on Saturday.

Owned by the Bear Stable of Danny Dion and trained by Reade Baker, Bear Now duplicated the Beyer Speed Figure of 99 that she had achieved versus fellow 3-year-old fillies in the Selene when facing older fillies and mares in the Hill 'n' Dale.

Her winning margins were eight lengths in the Selene and 9 3/4 lengths in the Hill 'n' Dale under rider Emile Ramsammy.

"He was a little busier on her than I'd hoped he'd be," said Baker, who had watched Bear Now assume command in the early stages of the Hill 'n' Dale. "I don't know what happened to the rest of the pace, or whether she would have drowned them anyway. I don't know.

"She won pretty easily. She's an exceptional filly."

Following the plan that Baker had mapped out before the Hill 'n' Dale, Bear Now is slated to make her next start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Delaware Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on July 14.

Kuma may try graded stakes

Kuma, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old whom Baker trains for Bear Stable, also could be headed for a July 14 engagement at Delaware Park following an impressive victory here last Saturday.

The Grade 2, $300,000 Barbaro, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds which formerly was known as the Leonard Richards, is Kuma's possible target.

Kuma, highly regarded by Baker, had finished second in a maiden special at seven furlongs and then made his second start in the 1 1/16-mile Marine, where he finished last of eight following a disastrous trip.

On Saturday, Kuma won a "B" maiden special over 1 1/16 miles with a Beyer Speed Figure of 86.

"That's what we expected to see from him the second time," said Baker.

"Certainly, it doesn't seem right to run a horse like this in a 'B' maiden race, but there hasn't been a 'A' maiden race for him in a month, and if the next one didn't go, then where would I be?"

French-bred joins barn

Veyana, who will be joining Baker's string here, also could be headed to Delaware for the July 14 Robert Dick Memorial Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on the turf.

Bred in France, the 4-year-old Veyana began her career there and then joined trainer Julio Canani in California this winter.

In her last start, Veyana finished second in Golden Gate's Yerba Buena over 1 3/8 miles of turf.

Asmussen scores Victoria repeat

Trainer Steve Asmussen won a dozen races while represented at seven different racetracks last weekend, including with Kodiak Kowboy in the $127,000 Victoria here Sunday.

Kodiak Kowboy, a Kentucky-bred, had shipped to Woodbine from Kentucky and had been slated to debut in a two-furlong dash here April 15. But Kodiak Kowboy was scratched because of a minor ailment. He finished a close fourth in another quarter-miler here two weeks later before returning to Kentucky to graduate over 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs.

On Sunday, with Emma-Jayne Wilson aboard for the first time, Kodiak Kowboy gave Asmussen his second straight win in the Victoria.

Chace City, who won last year's Victoria for Asmussen, went on to capture the Grade 3 Hopeful at Saratoga but was euthanized early this year after developing an intestinal impaction.

Supplemental entry the right call

Siwa, racing for Knob Hill Stable and the Estate of Steve Stavro and trained by Kevin Attard, was a fitting winner of the $75,400 Zadracarta here at Woodbine on Sunday.

A multiple sprint stakes winner in the Knob Hill colors, Zadracarta probably is best remembered her audacious venture to France for the Grade 1 Prix de l'Abbaye in 1989, where she was beaten by the shortest of heads.

Siwa has a long way to go before being considered in that light, but she took a small step here Sunday, capturing the six-furlong Zadracarta for fillies and mare in her turf debut.

The Zadracarta had not been a particular consideration for Attard until he saw the list of nominees and correctly deduced that the big-names such as Finacingavaiable and Bosskii were more likely for this coming Saturday's $125,000 Ballade.

"I figured we had a chance at some black type," said Attard, who consulted with stable manager Howard Wood before supplementing Siwa. "She's a fast filly, and I knew there were a couple in there coming off layoffs who might be vulnerable."

* Veteran jockey Richard Dos Ramos recorded a natural hat trick here Saturday, winning the third through fifth races with Sans Souci Island ($7), Sophia's Prince ($14.90), and Knightly Attire ($7.80). Dos Ramos, who is represented by agent Ron Burke, has won 14 races here this year, including stakes with Palladio in the Dominion Day and Native Legend in the Star Shoot.