10/15/2006 11:00PM

Distance, turf no sweat for 'Anteas'


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Leonnatus Anteas was facing a dramatic change in circumstances in Sunday's Cup and Saucer here at Woodbine.

But Leonnatus Anteas, who is trained by Kevin Attard for Knob Hill Stable and the estate of Steve Stavro, was able to rise to the occasion with a 2 3/4-length victory under regular rider Jono Jones.

Winner of the five-furlong Vandal in his only previous start over the inner track here Aug. 13, Leonnatus Anteas was being asked to travel 1o1/16 miles on a yielding turf course in the Cup and Saucer.

"Going from five-eighths to a mile and a sixteenth is a difficult task," Attard acknowledged. "I just wanted to make sure he was tight enough, and ready to run."

Leonnatus Anteas had worked very well, however, including a pair of solid six-furlong drills and an eye-catching five-furlong move here Oct.o8 in 1:00, the best of 69 workouts at that distance.

Attard noted that Leonnatus Anteas had outworked stablemate Atanas, a talented 4-year-old colt who has won his last two starts.

Atanas, who has not raced since June 25, came back six days later to drill five furlongs in 1:00.40 and underline his current sharpness.

"When I saw that, I was pretty confident," said Attard, who also was comfortable with the move to turf since he had trained Leonnatus Anteas on the grass at Payson Park earlier this year.

"He skipped over it really well," said Attard. "And, his pedigree said he should take to turf."

Next up for Leonnatus Anteas is the Nov. 5 Coronation Futurity, a 1o1/8-mile race which, like the Cup and Saucer, is worth $250,000 and restricted to Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

A victory there would make a strong case for Leonnatus Anteas, who will be making his first start on Polytrack, to be voted champion of his division.

"He's just a class horse," said Attard. "He'll run on anything."

One more race for Legal Move

Trainer Mark Casse recorded his fourth 2-year-old stakes win of the meeting here Saturday when Legal Move captured the $126,200 Bull Page for Ontario-sired colts and geldings.

Owned by Woodford Racing, Legal Move had won his maiden last time out in the Simcoe, a 6 1/2-furlong yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings here Sept. 4. Patrick Husbands was in the irons for both stakes scores.

The $125,000 Frost King, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here Nov. 15, is next up on Legal Move's agenda.

"What a wonderful program - 30 days more, and now you have the Frost King going seven-eighths," said Casse. "That's why it's so wonderful to own an Ontario-sired horse."

But the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1o1/16-mile race here Dec. 3 that is the final Ontario-sired 2-year-old stakes on the meeting, is not on Legal Move's agenda.

"That would be really pushing it," said Casse. "If the Frost King wasn't so tempting, I probably would call it a day with him now."

Casse has two for Princess Elizabeth

In the meantime, Casse could send out both Quiet Action and Simply Stylish for Woodford Racing in Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Quiet Action is coming off a second-place finish behind stablemate Sprung in the Grade 3 Natalma, a one-mile turf race here Sept. 10.

Simply Stylish finished second in the Muskoka, the 6 1/2-furlong yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies, in her last start Sept. 4.

Barracuda Boy versatile, consistent

Barracuda Boy was making his first start in eight weeks, his first on Polytrack, and his first in stakes company here in last Saturday's Grade 3, $150,400 Durham Cup.

But firsts seem to have become routine for Barracuda Boy, who went out and romped to his fifth straight win while taking the Durham Cup by 5 1/2 lengths.

With regular rider Emma-Jayne Wilson in the irons, Barracuda Boy ran the 1 1 /8 miles in 1:50.49 for a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 103.

"He's won on the old Woodbine dirt track, he's won on the inner track, and he's won on Polytrack," said Nick Gonzalez, who trains Barracuda Boy for Stronach Stable. "It's not like he needs any kind of surface. The horse is just in dynamite shape. He's on high right now."

Heading into the Durham Cup, Gonzalez had feared that Barracuda Boy's free-running style could be compromised by the presence of the speedy filly Roving Angel.

But when that early opposition failed to materialize, Barracuda Boy was on his way.

"His third quarter is probably his strongest," said Gonzalez. "That's usually the time when people are trying to make up ground that he's opened, and that's when he kicks in. That's when he's winning his races."

Barracuda Boy's next stakes target will be the Grade 3, $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward on Nov. 18.

Murani done for season

Murani, who had been nominated to the E.P. Taylor Stakes following her victory in the 1 1/2-mile Flaming Page on turf here Sept. 24, will not run in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million race for fillies and mares.

"We found a little injury," said Mike Keogh, who trains Murani for the Arosa Farm of Jurgen Schemmer. "She's retired for the season, but she should be back next year."

* Sue Leslie was voted president of the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association when the newly elected board of directors met for the first time last week. Leslie, an owner/trainer here, is joined on the HBPA executive board by vice presidents Bill Diamant, owner, and Nick Gonzalez, trainer.