09/12/2007 11:00PM

Bear Holiday unbeaten going into Swynford

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bear Holiday will continue his quest toward the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday at Woodbine in the seven-furlong, $125,000 Swynford Stakes.

Bear Holiday, trained by Reade Baker, is undefeated in three starts. He graduated at five furlongs June 24, and then captured the six-furlong Colin Stakes by a nose after mounting a powerful stretch rally.

Bear Holiday earned his second straight Beyer Speed Figure in the mid-80s most recently in the 6 1/2-furlong Silver Deputy Stakes, in which he closed gradually for a half-length score.

Baker believes that Bear Holiday was under-trained for the Silver Deputy.

"I don't think he was as ready as he should have been," Baker explained. "I probably didn't do enough with him going into it. He worked five-eighths in 1:04. He had a better work last week."

The next stop on Bear Holiday's schedule is the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Grey BC Stakes here Oct. 8. Baker said Bear Holiday will have to take his game to another level in order to show that he belongs in the Oct. 27 BC Juvenile at Monmouth Park.

"He's got to step his numbers up, but I think when he goes around two turns, they will [increase]," Baker said. "I've never really pushed him hard to do anything in his career."

If he starts, Turf War will likely be the second choice in the wagering. After ending up second in his five-furlong debut, Turf War graduated at seven furlongs with a Beyer Figure of 73 on Aug. 18.

Turf War is a full brother to Grasshopper, who gave Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense a run for his money Aug. 25, when he was second in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.

Trainer Mark Casse said he is considering scratching Turf War from the Swynford.

"I'm not 100 percent sure that I'm going to run him," Casse said. "I'm going to look at it and think about it. He's probably going to get better as he gets older. I'd be more comfortable if he was going around two turns."

Storm Code could shake loose on the lead, after breaking from the rail. He wired maiden special opponents in a quick five-furlong clocking the only time he competed, on Aug. 17, and the seventh-place finisher, Gun Highway, returned to win his maiden on the grass.

Doneraile Gold crossed the wire in third in both of his outings, the most recent of which was in the Silver Deputy.

Rounding out the field are outsiders Soca Tempo and Ogygian's Storm.