08/04/2004 11:00PM

Eleven expected to enter Breeders'


ETOBICOKE, Ont. - It was a quiet day on the Breeders' Stakes front Thursday, one day prior to the taking of entries for the $500,000 race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

The Breeders', the 1 1/2-mile turf race which is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, will be run Sunday and a field of 11 is expected.

A Bit O'Gold and His Smoothness would be the only horses to contest all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown.

A Bit O'Gold, who will be making his turf debut under regular rider Jono Jones, finished second here in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate and then won Fort Erie's 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales.

His Smoothness finished fifth in the Queen's Plate and third in the Prince of Wales. Jim McKnight retains the mount.

Silver Ticket, winner of the Toronto Cup over 1 1/8 miles on turf here July 17, heads a four-horse Sam-Son Farm contingent that also includes Burst of Fire, Rainbows for Luck, and Hunt the Rainbow.

Todd Kabel, who has ridden all four horses for trainer Mark Frostad, will stick with Silver Ticket.

Burst of Fire was third in the Toronto Cup while Rainbows for Luck is coming off a third-place finish in an entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds and upward over 1 1/2 miles on turf. Slade Callaghan and Jim McAleney have been engaged for those mounts.

Hunt the Rainbow, third behind fellow Breeders' contestant Cavans Lane in a maiden race over 1 1/2 miles on turf here July 24, will be ridden for the first time by Eurico Rosa da Silva.

The Sam-Son horses will race as separate betting interests.

Patrick Husbands, who won last year's Breeders' aboard Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, will ride Cavans Lane.

The other probable entrants are Lone Arrow, Lord Carmen, Strike Em Hard, and Witness This.

Richard Dos Ramos again gets the call on Lone Arrow, coming off a ninth-place finish in the Toronto Cup for trainer Roger Attfield, a seven-time winner of the Breeders'.

Lord Carmen, based in Chicago with owner Frank Calabrese and here with trainer Josie Carroll for the Breeders', will have to be supplemented at a cost of $15,000. Emile Ramsammy will do the honors.

Strike Em Hard finished a good second last time in a second-level allowance for 3-year-olds and upward over 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Constant Montpellier regains the mount.

Witness This is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Charlie Barley over one mile on turf here June 27 and will have a new rider in Dino Luciani.