11/23/2005 1:00AM

Cotey takes two more shots at a stakes win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Owner-trainer Dave Cotey has been enjoying a productive fall campaign here at Woodbine, but he hasn't won a stakes since early September.

Cotey will be looking to rectify that situation this weekend when he sends out Ports N Porsches in Saturday's Display and Moonshine Justice in Sunday's Sir Barton.

Ports N Porsches, a Florida-bred gelding, will be making his stakes debut in the $139,750 Display, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds.

Ports N Porsches certainly has proven capable of handling two turns, having been beaten a total of 1 1/2 lengths finishing second in each of three starts since stretching out this fall.

Ports N Porsches was promoted to the top spot in the first of those outings after first-place finisher Thinking Out Loud was found guilty of interference. But that Ports N Porsches had every chance to win his two subsequent races is a concern to Cotey.

"He always pulls himself up, right when he gets a neck in front," said Cotey. "We have to do something."

Cotey hopes to correct the situation by removing the blinkers from Ports N Porsches, which perhaps will spur him on to keep battling to the wire.

Moonshine Justice came into the current season as a Queen's Plate hopeful. But, after finishing third when making his seasonal bow in the Queenston Stakes here May 7, Moonshine Justice was found to have suffered a hairline fracture and did not resurface until Oct. 8.

Moonshine Justice finished fifth in his first start back, which came in the seven-furlong Mt. Sassafras. The colt has run two solid races since then, ending second under third-level allowance terms on Oct. 22 and then capturing a classified allowance here Nov. 11.

His eight career starts have come in sprints, however, and the Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward, will be Moonshine Justice's first try around two turns.

"The way he gallops out in all his races, and the way he rates, I think he's a natural to go two turns," said Cotey. "But, I'm not counting my chickens. You can't tell until you run them.

"If he'll go two turns, he'll be a pretty tough horse here. He's set to go."

Silent Course recuperating

Silent Course, Cotey's only stakes winner this season, is on the farm after having a chip removed from a knee.

An Ontario-bred 2-year-old filly, Silent Course won her maiden in the seven-furlong Muskoka, a yearling sales stakes here Sept. 4. But in two subsequent two-turn attempts, in the Mazarine and Princess Elizabeth, Silent Course was badly beaten.

"We thought it was her shin bugging her, but we X-rayed her again and found a chip in her knee," said Cotey. "We won't start her back up until probably mid-January."

Grey, Coronation runners in Display

Entries were taken for the Display on Wednesday, and Ports N Porsches will have eight rivals.

Badge of Truth and Seaside Retreat, the two-three finishers from the Grade 3 Grey over 1 1/16 miles here Oct. 10, head the six-horse American-bred contingent for the Display.

Pyramid Park, Edenwold, and Bridgecut all come into the Display via the Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds here Nov. 10.

Pyramid Park missed by just a neck as the runner-up there, with Edenwold another 1 3/4 lengths back as the odds-on choice. Bridgecut was fifth in the field of 11, beaten 5 3/4 lengths.

Bridgecut was one of three Display nominees, along with Thinking Out Loud and Bell n' Gone, trained by David Bell. But Thinking Out Loud is passing the Display by choice, and Bell n' Gone will be absent because of injury.

Bell had expressed doubts about running back Thinking Out Loud following the Coronation Futurity.

"He'll winter in Ocala, at Classic Mile," said Bell. "We're giving him a little bit of time off, and we'll start him up in early January. He'll be ready to roll here in the spring."

Bell n' Gone, an Ontario-bred who won a pair of stakes at Northlands Park in Edmonton this summer, had been sent to Bell with a specific eye toward the Display but suffered a season-ending injury in a workout last Sunday.

That puts the ball squarely in the court of Bridgecut, who had a rather uneven trip after breaking from post 11 under regular rider Emile Ramsammy in the Coronation Futurity.

"He didn't run bad that day," said Bell. "Emile kind of took him back off the pace, and afterwards said maybe he shouldn't have.

"He trains, and looks, like a horse ready to do it."

Bridgecut will race with blinkers for the first time in the Display.

Late-night action from Japan

Woodbine will offer simulcast wagering on three races from Tokyo Racecourse starting at 12:40 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Japan Cup Dirt will be featured Saturday and the Japan Cup on Sunday.

Wagering will be available at Woodbine, at selected teletheatres, and through the HorsePlayer Interactive telephone and online services.

Emerald Downs will host the North American pools, and Canadian wagers will be commingled.