07/19/2007 11:00PM

Cool Selection better than ever

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The rejuvenated 8-year-old Cool Selection will step up to stakes company Sunday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Bold Venture.

The 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture drew just five others, probably because of the notion that the imposing Stradivinsky would be tough to beat. However, Stradivinsky wasn't entered due to an injury.

"We found a chip in his ankle last Monday," said Malcolm Pierce, who trains Stradivinsky. "He worked last Sunday, and wasn't great on Monday morning, so we took some X-rays, and that's what we got. He'll go home and have some surgery. We won't see him again this year."

Cool Selection has risen through the claiming ranks this year, and has sufficient Beyer power to be a factor. He was trained by Radlie Loney on two separate occasions during his 2-year-old campaign, and has been reunited with Loney this year after a long stint with trainer Sandy McPherson.

After ending up fifth against $12,500 foes in his season opener, Cool Selection dropped a $16,000 claimer by a neck and then scored at that level. He won each of his two most recent races with a 96 Beyer, against $32,000 and $62,500 optional-claiming opposition.

Loney said he has Cool Selection's bleeding problem under control, and is confident that the gelding won't be overmatched in the Bold Venture.

"He couldn't be doing any better," said Loney. "He's so versatile. He doesn't have to be on the lead. He can play a stalking role. The only horse I was worried about was Stradivinsky."

Trainer Sid Attard entered two contenders, Just Rushing and Gangster.

Just Rushing won 7 of 11 starts in 2006, including two stakes. He launched his current campaign with a game win over Are You Serious in the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes at seven furlongs April 28.

After finishing fifth behind three champions in 1 1/16-mile Eclipse Stakes May 21, Just Rushing was third in a six-furlong allowance June 17.

Gangster rallied to finish two lengths behind the winner on turf in each of his two most recent outings, the Grade 3 Highlander and the allowance prep for that stakes. He has an excellent Polytrack record, which includes a runner-up effort in the Nov. 19 Kennedy Road Stakes.

Dave the Knave, Disbelief, and New York shipper Museeb complete the field.

Dave the Knave took the restricted New Providence Stakes in his seasonal bow.