11/14/2006 12:00AM

Attard once again in the hunt


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sid Attard wound up as the leading trainer at the Woodbine meeting last year, with 68 winners. But Attard was second-best when it came to the Sovereign Award voting for his category, with Reade Baker taking the outstanding trainer award and finishing as the leader in money earned and stakes races won.

After clicking with 5 of 11 starters last week, Attard, 56, finds himself within one win of Baker's meet-leading total of 67 heading into the final four weeks of the 2006 Woodbine meeting.

As of last Sunday, Mark Casse led trainers in money won with $3.9 million, followed by Baker with $3.7 million, and Attard with $3 million.

Baker led the stakes table with 10 tallies, followed by Casse with 9 and Attard in a tie for fifth with 5 winners.

With candidates for several upcoming stakes, Attard will have a chance to improve his statistics on other fronts and enhance his case before the Sovereign Award balloting closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

First up will be Just Rushing, who is scheduled to contest the Grade 3, $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward here at Woodbine on Saturday.

Just Rushing, owned by Tucci Stable, has been a major contributor to the Attard cause this year and comes into the Slots Cup with seven consecutive victories and earnings of $297,356.

A 5-year-old gelding who was claimed for $20,000 last November, Just Rushing will be seeking his third straight stakes win after taking the seven-furlong Mt. Sassafras here Oct. 8 and the mile and 70-yard Labeeb here Nov. 2.

Just Rushing also was nominated to the $125,000 Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward here Sunday.

"If it had been seven furlongs, we might have run him in the sprint," said Attard. "But off his last race, it looks like he'll handle a mile and a sixteenth really good right now."

Attard still plans to have a Kennedy Road entrant, however, as Gangster, also owned by the Tuccis, will be seeking his first stakes win in the race.

Gangster, a 5-year-old gelding, is coming off a second-place finish in the six-furlong allowance prep for the Kennedy Road here Nov. 4.

Attard also could be represented in both stakes here next weekend, with Jiggs Coz and Like Mom Like Sons nominated to the Nov. 25 Display and Miss Concerto and If Moma Aint Happy on the list for the Nov. 26 Bessarabian.

The $125,000 Display is a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds, while the $150,000 Bessarabian is a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares 3 and up.

Jiggs Coz, a 2-year-old colt owned and bred by Mel Lawson, finished a good third last time out in the Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds here Nov. 5. The Coronation Futurity was just the second career outing for Jiggs Coz, who had won his maiden over 6o1/2 furlongs on turf in his Oct. 9 debut.

Like Mom Like Sons, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old, is undefeated in two starts, and is owned by Norseman Racing Stable and Happy Alter.

After romping in a six-furlong "B" maiden special here Oct. 21, Like Mom Like Sons doubled up over the same distance in a first-level allowance on Nov. 1.

Miss Concerto, a 5-year-old owned by Tucci Stables, became a stakes winner in last year's Bessarabian and added the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Matron to her portfolio this year.

In four starts since the Ontario Matron, however, Miss Concerto has managed just a pair of fourth-place finishes.

If Moma Aint Happy, owned by Norseman Racing Stable, has won 4 of 6 starts this season, including her latest, which came over six furlongs and under third-level allowance terms here Oct. 28.

Millfleet works for Kennedy Road

Millfleet breezed four furlongs in 48.20 seconds here Tuesday under regular rider Steven Bahen in preparation for the Kennedy Road.

Trained by Mike DePaulo, Millfleet will be cutting back to six furlongs after finishing third in the Bunty Lawless, originally scheduled for one mile on turf but run over a mile and 70 yards here Nov. 2.

Millfleet was nominated to the Woodbine Slots Cup and will have to be supplemented to the six-furlong Kennedy Road at a cost of $2,500, including the $1,250 entry fee.

"I thought two turns would be better than short until I saw who was around for the Slots," said DePaulo.

Millfleet, a 5-year-old gelding owned and bred by Margaret Squires, originally was trained by Hugo Dittfach but was transferred to DePaulo this year.

Although Millfleet has won just 1 of 9 starts this season, that success came in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes over seven furlongs on soft turf and he has placed in five other stakes, earning $161,280.

All being well, Millfleet will conclude his campaign in the $125,000 Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Dec. 3.

The Kennedy Road will share top billing on Sunday's card with the $125,000 Glorious Song, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

Grandy's Glory done for the year

Grandy's Glory, winner of the Fanfreluche Stakes for DePaulo and owner-breeder Ben Hutzel on Oct. 28, was nominated to the Glorious Song but will not be participating.

After winning the six-furlong Fanfreluche, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies, Grandy's Glory stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the similarly restricted South Ocean but faltered to finish last in the field of seven.

"I guess she just bounced," said DePaulo. "She was fine after the race. We're going to send her home."

Grandy's Glory winds up her first campaign with two wins, a second, and earnings of $149,650 from six starts.

Cobrador, a 2-year-old colt who was shipped to DePaulo to compete in the Coronation Futurity, was nominated to the Display but is heading back to Kentucky and a return to turf.

In the Coronation, Cobrador was making his first start on Polytrack after racing well on grass in Chicago and Kentucky. Cobrador finished eighth in the Coronation, beaten 12 3/4 lengths.