09/04/2006 12:00AM

Barbeau Ruckus gets third Elgin win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Barbeau Ruckus ($5.20) captured the $125,800 Elgin Stakes for the third time Monday at Woodbine, benefiting from a perfect stalking trip under Todd Kabel.

Barbeau Ruckus won by 2 1/4 lengths, completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.14. Head Chopper was second after participating in a speed duel with Moonshine Justice, who edged favored Ever So Free for third.

Trained by George Newland, Barbeau Ruckus also won the Elgin in 2005 and 2003, when he was trained by Ross Armata.

The Elgin was one of six stakes on Monday's card for graduates of local yearling sales. All six winners earned $75,000.

The Bob Tiller-trained duo of Twisted Wit ($16.90) and Dave the Knave ran one-two in the $125,800 Kenora, a six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up.

With Jim McAleney up, Twisted Wit shrugged off four challengers on the front end and won by a neck in 1:10.43.

"He's been really sharp in the mornings the last three weeks, and I thought he'd run big," Tiller said.

McAleney also took the $125,800 Algoma, for fillies and mares, winning easily aboard Financingavailable ($3.80).

Financingavailable led throughout 1 1/16-mile race to prevail by 3 1/4 lengths over Sweet Breanna. The final time was 1:45.04.

"She was full of run today," said McAleney, who was aboard from trainer Lorne Richards.

Under Jono Jones, Sheer Enchantment won her first stakes in the $126,200 Halton, a one-mile grass event open to both sexes.

Sheer Enchantment closed from far back and overhauled front-running Top Ten List in deep stretch for a three-quarter-length victory. Over a course labeled good, the final time was 1:37.88.

It was the first stakes win for trainer Paul Attard, who supplemented Sheer Enchantment to the race after she wasn't originally nominated.

"I thought she'd have a shot against the boys," Attard said.

Favored Legal Move ($5.90) won his maiden in the $126,200 Simcoe, scoring by 5 1/4 lengths over Mutakinmove in the dash for 2-year-olds. With Patrick Husbands riding for trainer Mark Casse, Legal Move covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.76.

Only If Split ($12.90) graduated under Jones in the $126,600 Muskoka, a 6 1/2-furlong event for 2-year-old fillies. In her first start for Richards, Only If Split won in a clocking of 1:18.99.