11/25/2004 1:00AM

Carroll: Kerrobert has look of 2-turn colt


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Kerrobert and March With Me, both possibilities for next year's Queen's Plate, are among the contenders in Saturday's $137,500 Display Stakes at Woodbine.

The 1 1/16-mile Display is one of two 2-year-old stakes on the card, along with the $104,000 Sunny's Halo, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for Canadian-breds.

Kerrobert, a nicely bred son of Theatrical, made his debut in a Nov. 4 maiden special that was scheduled for the grass, but the race was moved to the main track and run at a mile and 70 yards in the slop. Kerrobert went right to the front and never looked back, winning by nearly six lengths with a Beyer Speed Figure of 76.

Trainer Josie Carroll said she considered scratching Kerrobert that day.

"We were concerned about the track condition, but the riders all said it was safe," Carroll explained. "I really didn't know how he would perform in the slop, but I knew that he was going to be a two-turn kind of horse. He's a big, long-striding horse, and I never really wanted to sprint him. As it turned it out, it worked out well. I knew he was fit enough, because he puts a lot into his exercise."

March With Me won with ease fifth time out in his first route attempt, in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special on Oct. 10. He followed it up with an impressive come-from-behind score going a mile and 70 yards in the allowance prep for the Display.

Owner-trainer Audre Cappuccitti had intended on running March With Me in the Display prep when it was originally carded on Nov. 6 but said she wasn't able enter him then because the horse was sick. She was able to go in the prep when it was rescheduled for Nov. 11, at which point March With Me was healthy again.

Cappuccitti believes that March With Me is a natural distance runner.

"Even when he was running six furlongs and seven-eighths, I knew that he wanted to go long," Cappuccitti said. "He's big and is still learning, but he's getting better with every race."

The Finagler, second in both the Swynford and Silver Deputy stakes, is coming off a front-running allowance win going a mile on the grass. Trainer Greg Cox is skeptical about The Finagler's chances around two turns on the dirt.

"It's a whole different ballgame going a distance of ground around two turns," said Cox, while noting that he had nowhere else to run The Finagler.