10/30/2003 12:00AM

A clash of Sovereign hopefuls


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A pair of Sovereign Awards could be at stake Saturday at Woodbine when One for Rose and Raylene run in the $196,350 Maple Leaf, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares.

Saturday's 11-race card also will include the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds

One for Rose, a 4-year-old owned by Tucci Stable and trained here by Sid Attard, could nail down older filly or mare or honors in the Grade 3 Maple Leaf, which will offer a purse of $196,350 to 10 entrants.

Raylene, based in Alberta for Cal Mar Stable and Ranch and trainer Rod Haynes, is one of the leading contenders for the 3-year-old filly award and would aid her cause considerably with a top performance in the East.

But the edge here clearly goes to One for Rose, who is coming off a smashing 7 1/2- length score in the 1 1/8-mile allowance prep for the Maple Leaf.

"She handled the mile and an eighth like nothing," said Attard, who claimed One for Rose for $40,000 from her winning debut here last October. "And she won a race at a mile and three-sixteenths last year, and won easily. I think the longer the better for her."

One for Rose has won 4 of 8 starts this year and added two second-place finishes, with her only unplaced outings coming over the grass.

Attard said One for Rose had to work through some shin problems following the claim last fall, but has blossomed with maturity this season.

The first clear indication of One for Rose's burgeoning talents came here Sept. 1 in the 1 1/16-mile Algoma, a yearling sales stakes in which she defeated the odds-on Winning Chance by 9 1/2 lengths.

Raylene, a Kentucky-bred, was the divisional leader in Alberta this year. She comes into the Maple Leaf off a fourth-place finish, beaten one length by the victorious Dancewithavixen, in the Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile Ballerina at Hastings.

Prior to that, Raylene had defeated Dancewithavixen, the divisional leader in Vancouver, by a neck in the Grade 3 British Columbia Oaks and won the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands, rallying to defeat Alberta's top male 3-year-old, Taiaslew, at 1 3/8 miles.

"She had to run a big race to catch that horse," said Haynes. "He was a long ways in front. She's won going shorter, but she definitely likes a longer distance. She keeps running."