05/09/2005 11:00PM

Baker, McAleney hit triple

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River Nore, Jim McAleney aboard, cruises to victory by 4 1/2 lengths in Sunday's Fury Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Reade Baker and jockey Jim McAleney won the 2002 and 2003 runnings of the Fury Stakes, with Gonetofarr and Elusive Thought, and finished second with Silver Bird last year. Baker and McAleney teamed to win another on Sunday at Woodbine with River Nore, who made a successful stakes debut in the seven-furlong race.

River Nore ran fifth in her five-furlong debut here last September but improved dramatically when she returned to action almost three months later, winning a seven-furlong Ontario-sired maiden special by 12 1/2 lengths.

After wintering with Baker in Florida, River Nore made her 2005 debut here April 23, finishing second in an Ontario-sired first-level allowance over five furlongs in the slop.

"She had worked brilliantly at Palm Meadows, and worked brilliantly here," said Baker. "But racing over a bad track and being hung up on the outside wasn't conducive to what we wanted to do."

Sunday's distance and going proved much more suitable as River Nore rated off the early pace and rallied to win by 4 1/4 lengths.

River Nore, by Queen's Plate winner Archers Bay out of the Black Tie Affair mare First Prom, was the first stakes winner for her owner-breeder, David Butler's Ormonde Farm, which is based in Delaware, Ontario.

Her ultimate target is the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies on June 12, and Baker believes both her running style and pedigree make her a serious candidate.

River Nore is eligible for the $125,000 Lady Angela, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies here May 28, and is nominated to the Grade 3, $250,000 Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race here May 22. But she probably will proceed directly to the Oaks, Baker said.

"She doesn't carry a lot of weight on her," he said. "The less we do, the better."

Baker, with five Oaks nominees, doesn't figure to miss either of those preps.

He is pointing Bosskiri, undefeated in three starts, to the Lady Angela, along with Whiskey and Low, who finished third behind Weewakiwoowho and River Nore in her 2005 debut.

Gold Strike, an impressive second in her 2005 debut in the six-furlong Star Shoot, and Pirouetting, a recent $40,000 maiden claiming winner, are Baker-trained runners pointing toward the Selene.

Pirouetting worked four furlongs on the main track here Tuesday in a sharp 47.60 seconds.

Gold Strike, Whiskey and Low, and Pirouetting are all homebreds owned by Dick Bonnycastle's Harlequin Ranches.

Silver Bird gets ready for Hendrie

Silver Bird, owned by Jim McAlpine, is one of the leading candidates for Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 George C. Hendrie Handicap, a 6 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares.

Silver Bird finished second behind Nashinda in the six-furlong Whimsical here April 17 and worked five furlongs on Sunday in 1:01.20 under McAleney.

"She worked great," said Baker. "Nashinda obviously will be a formidable foe."

Silver Bird was assigned 116 pounds for the Hendrie, with Nashinda slated to carry 119 pounds. The 124-pound highweight is One for Rose, who has won back-to-back Sovereign Awards in the older filly-mare category and is expected to make her seasonal debut in the Hendrie. She is trained by Sid Attard.

Dillinger goes for Baker now

Baker also plans to be represented in Saturday's $125,000 New Providence, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up, with Dillinger, who is slated to make his 2005 debut and first start for the Baker barn.

Dillinger, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Astor Racing Stable, was claimed for $40,000 from his second career start as a 2-year-old last year and placed in five stakes for trainer Steve Attard before being transferred to Baker's barn.

"He's doing good," said Baker, who sent out Dillinger to a five-furlong workout in 1:01.80 on the main track here Tuesday. "We'll try him, and see what happens."

New Providence a senior affair

Dillinger figures to have company his age in the New Providence, with fellow 6-year-old geldings Barbeau Ruckus, Forever Grand, and Mister Coop among the horses being pointing for the race.

But the senior member of the field will likely be Krz Ruckus, who, at 8, will be running in the New Providence for the fourth time in his career.

A multiple stakes winner and an earner of more than $1 million, the Mike DePaulo-trained Krz Ruckus won the New Providence in 2001, finished third in 2002, and was second behind Forever Grand in 2003.

Silent Fleet's owner dies

A funeral service will be held Thursday for owner Peter Chiodo, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church located at 91 Church Street, in Schomberg, Ontario.

Visitation was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Highway 7, Woodbridge, Ontario.

Chiodo, 59, who died at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto on Sunday, campaigned many horses at Woodbine in recent years, his best being Silent Fleet, who was trained by Bernard Girault.

In 1996, Silent Fleet made only four starts but won Woodbine's Canadian Oaks and Fort Erie's Bison City, earning $220,512 and Sovereign Award honors that year as the top the 3-year-old filly.

In recent years, Chiodo's horses had been trained by Dave Dwyer.