10/14/2007 11:00PM

Deputiformer scores in stakes

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Deputiformer, who had been knocking on the door in his last two maiden attempts, picked a good spot to crash through in Sunday's $253,300 Cup and Saucer here at Woodbine.

"He's always done things well," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Deputiformer for David James. "He's worked well, trained well, and has enough pedigree to be a good horse.

"We thought enough of him to supplement him to a stakes race for his first start."

Deputiformer finished sixth in that debut, which came in the six-furlong Vandal here Aug. 12, and came back to finish a neck behind stablemate Sun Hawk in a six-furlong maiden race.

Stretched out to a mile on turf for his next start, on Sept. 28, Deputiformer hit the front in midstretch after coming from well back but weakened slightly to finish second.

Jono Jones took over aboard Deputiformer for the Cup and Saucer and the strategy was to take back early and move directly to the rail.

The plan worked to perfection as Deputiformer, breaking from post 11, was taken back in dramatic fashion but worked his way forward on the inside before rallying between horses to score by a neck.

"He galloped out well," DePaulo said. "I'd been a little bit concerned about him coming back in 16 days, but he's a tough boy."

Deputiformer will point for the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds here Nov. 4.

"That will definitely be his next spot," DePaulo said.

Jones sweeps weekend stakes

The Cup and Saucer also capped a perfect stakes weekend for Jones, who captured both the $150,800 Durham with Leonnatus Anteas and the $126,200 Bull Page with Not Bourbon on Saturday.

Jones now has won nine stakes at the meeting, with six of those successes coming in the last five weeks.

"I'm getting on the right horses, and things are just happening all at once," Jones said.

Leonnatus Anteas rebounds

Leonnatus Anteas rediscovered his "A" game here in the Grade 3 Durham Cup, defeating older horses for his first stakes win of the season.

Weight watchers may note that Leonnatus Anteas got into the 1 1/8-mile Durham Cup with 111 pounds under the allowance conditions but carried 118 pounds, the riding weight of his regular partner, Jones.

"Obviously, we gave up an advantage, but a good horse should be able to carry 118 pounds with these horses," trainer Kevin Attard said. "I was confident in giving Jono a leg up. He knows him well, and he's been really good to us and the horse."

Attard's upcoming options for Leonnatus Anteas include the Grade 3, $150,000 Autumn, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward here Nov. 17, and the Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.

Attfield laments Eccentric's trip

Trainer Roger Attfield felt he was very unlucky not to win the Durham Cup with Eccentric, who finished second after being blocked at the top of the stretch

"He would have won for sure," Attfield said. "He got stopped dead."

The plan had been for Eccentric, who was making his first start since winning the Grade 2 King Edward at 1 1/8 miles on turf here July 2, to proceed to Keeneland's Grade 3, $150,000 Fayette, a 1 1/8-mile race on Oct. 27 that he won last year.

"Now I just have to worry that he could bounce off such a big effort," Attfield said.

Not Bourbon wins first stakes

Not Bourbon, whom Attfield trains for owner and breeder Charles Fipke, became a stakes winner in the Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings.

"He's coming along the right way," Attfield said. "I'm very pleased with him. He's the kind of horse that it would have been very easy to wind up and win with first time out. I wanted him to learn to relax, and run farther if he can."

Not Bourbon, who was making his fifth start and registering his second win in the Bull Page, could make two more appearances this season.

The seven-furlong Frost King on Nov. 14 and the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie on Dec. 1, both $125,000 races for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds, would fit nicely into Not Bourbon's schedule.

Overnight stakes draws 24 nominees

The $100,000 Ruling Angel, a recently created 6 1/2-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies that will be run Oct. 24, has attracted 24 nominees.

Steve Lym, Woodbine's racing secretary, set up the Ruling Angel as a steppingstone to the $150,000 Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies here Nov. 11.

"We have some money in the account, and I think it will have a better shot of going than an allowance prep would," Lym said. "And, it's an opportunity to get some black type."

Five riders to serve bans

The jockeys' room will be less populated than usual this week with no less than five riders scheduled to serve suspensions for riding infractions.

Anthony Stephen will serve back-to-back three-day bans that will conclude next Wednesday; Eurico Rosa da Silva will serve five days, Wednesday through Sunday; and Emile Ramsammy, Chantal Sutherland, and Tyler Pizarro all will be on the sidelines Thursday through Saturday after losing their appeals of earlier rulings.