08/04/2007 12:00AM

Cut the Mustard in targeted spot

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FORT ERIE, Ontario - Cut the Mustard, who was transferred to trainer Nick Gonzalez with an eye toward the $25,000 Mike Anderson Memorial Cup, appears the one to catch in that race at Fort Erie on Monday.

The Anderson Memorial, at six furlongs, is restricted to fillies and mares who have made two starts at the meeting. Cut the Mustard just meets that requirement.

"That was the plan we made," said Gonzalez, who trains Cut the Mustard for Carlo and Lou Tucci, Robert Clay, and Dan Eplin.

"If she's ever going to get six furlongs, it will probably be down here, even though we've got a long stretch."

Cut the Mustard, a 5-year-old who placed in two stakes at Calder Race Course as a 2-year-old, made her Ontario debut for trainer Sid Attard in Woodbine's six-furlong Whimsical on April 15, finishing fifth.

"A, she wasn't good enough for the Woodbine horses," Gonzalez said. "B, she wasn't really that great on the Polytrack. C, she doesn't want to go too far past five-eighths.

"For all those reasons, she ended up down here with me."

In her debut for Gonzalez, Cut the Mustard ran fifth in Mountaineer's five-furlong Hancock County Stakes.

"That didn't work out too good," Gonzalez said. "Once she got here at Fort Erie, it was a different story."

In her two Fort Erie starts, Cut the Mustard finished a decent fifth in a seven-furlong turf allowance and then was second, beaten by a nose, in a five-furlong turf allowance.

Chad Beckon retains the mount on Cut the Mustard, who will break from post 6 in her first try on Fort Erie's main track.

"She's trained really good here," said Gonzalez, noting that Cut the Mustard breezed four furlongs in 48.60 seconds on July 28.

Grain of Truth, who edged Cut the Mustard when making her Fort Erie debut in the five-furlong turf race, also meets the minimum requirement to qualify for the Anderson Memorial.

In a subsequent start here July 24, Grain of Truth showed speed while facing males in a seven-furlong turf allowance but faltered to finish seventh.

Leading rider Robbie King takes over aboard Grain of Truth, who will break from the 1 hole in her first try on the local dirt for trainer Alec Fehr and Centennial Farm.

True Reality, who finished last of five in her most recent start in a $40,000 claimer at Woodbine, could make her presence felt on her best effort.

Owned and trained by Stephen Wells, True Reality put together an impressive double here this spring and finished a creditable fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Fort Erie Slots Cup on July 1.