09/02/2004 11:00PM

Cool N Collective goes for Elgin marbles again

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Cool N Collective hasn't been based here since 2000, when he was trained by Reade Baker.

But Cool N Collective, a 7-year-old gelding who now is based at Monmouth Park with trainer Dennis Manning, has returned for the last two editions of the Elgin, finishing second on each occasion.

A 1 1/16-mile race for colts and geldings, 3 years old and up, the Elgin is one of six yearling sales stakes on Sunday's card.

Cool N Collective won the 2000 edition of the Elgin, as a 3-year-old, but was on the shelf at the time of the following year's running.

After opening up his current campaign with two lackluster efforts, Cool N Collective came to life in his last start, at Monmouth on Aug. 8, and has been working well in the interim.

Cool N Collective was slated to arrive Friday evening, to the barn of trainer Arthur Silvera, who will be his overseer here.

Chuck Lopez, who rode Cool N Collective for the first time in his most recent outing, has the call here.

A Bit O'Gold passing on Elgin

A rather surprising no-show for the Elgin was A Bit O'Gold, a 3-year-old gelding who was slated to make his first start since winning the Breeders' Stakes here Aug. 8.

"He's perfectly fine, but I didn't like the way he trained the other day," said A Bit O'Gold's trainer, Catherine Day Phillips.

"I just didn't think he was at the top of his game right now, so we decided we weren't going to run."

The Day Phillips outfit still will be represented in the Elgin with Winter Whiskey, a 3-year-old gelding.

Knightly Ease not quite right

Trainer Greg Cox was looking forward to running the promising Knightly Ease in Sunday's Kenora, the six-furlong yearling sales stakes for 3-year-olds and upward.

But Knightly Ease, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Murray Stable, was off his feed Thursday and will have to await another day for his stakes debut.

"He wasn't 100 percent, so I couldn't enter him,"Cox said Friday morning. "That's the long and the short of it."

Cox still hopes to see stakes action over the long weekend. He plans to run The Finagler, a gelding he claimed for $50,000 from his debut here Aug. 4, in Monday's $97,000 Silver Deputy.

In fact, Cox was so taken with The Finagler that he claimed him twice.

The Finagler first appeared in the entries for $40,000 on Aug. 1, and Cox was one of three who filled out claim slips. Cox won the shake but that became moot when The Finagler shook loose behind the gate, then ran off and was scratched.

Three days later The Finagler was in for $45,000 and Cox again was the successful claimant in a three-way battle.

The Finagler was a sharp winner of that race over 6 1/2 furlongs, the same distance as the Silver Deputy, which is not part of the guaranteed stakes program and could be canceled if a sufficient number of entrants is not attracted.

"I like him," said Cox, who trains The Finagler for Cindy Cox and Lisa McCallum-Smith. "He's breezed a couple of times since I had him.

"He might not be a stakes horse, but I think he might win a one-other-than if he could hook the right field."

Wake at Noon has fogged-out work

Wake at Noon, who returned to the racetrack last month after spending a winter at stud for his owner and breeder, Bruno Schickedanz, had the first workout of his return here Friday. Regular rider Emile Ramsammy was aboard for the drill.

The five-furlong move will never see the light of day, however, as fog obscured the proceedings.

"Emile said he worked very good," said Wake at Noon's trainer, Abraham Katryan.

Wake at Noon, a 7-year-old who was Canada's horse of the year and champion sprinter in 2002, had started training for his comeback at the Schickedanz farm early this summer.

Turf training resumes

The turf training track reopened for business here Friday morning following a break of almost four weeks.

Among the 38 workers clocked over good going were multiple stakes winners Inish Glora, who went four furlongs in 49.60 seconds, and Blonde Executive, who drilled six furlongs in 1:16.

Inish Glora is slated to make her next appearance in the Grade 2, $250,000 Canadian Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Sept. 19, Atto Mile Day.

Blonde Executive's next major target is the $125,000 La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies here Sept. 26.

Tiller recuperating

Bob Tiller was recuperating in Toronto General Hospital on Friday after undergoing major surgery there the previous morning.

Tiller, the leading trainer at the Woodbine meeting, had to have his right kidney removed after doctors discovered a tumor there.

"Everything went really well," said Gail Tiller, wife of the trainer. "The doctors were very happy."

Gail Tiller added that both she and her husband were touched by and very appreciative of the support from friends and fellow horsepeople.

"The backstretch, competitive as it is - everybody's been awesome," she said.

* Woodbine will offer simulcast wagering on Monday's Grade 2, $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby from Philadelphia Park, which is scheduled to start at approximately at 5:05 p.m. Eastern. Niigon, winner of this year's Queen's Plate, is slated to start in the Pennsylvania Derby, a 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds.