12/10/2004 1:00AM

First time for two at route


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes winners Dave the Knave and Enough Is Enough will both go a route of ground for the first time in Sunday's $134,875 Kingarvie Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds is the supporting feature on closing day of the Woodbine meeting.

Trained by Bob Tiller, who has a meet-leading 15 stakes scores this year, Dave the Knave is unbeaten in two starts. He won his Oct. 30 debut, a six-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired runners, by six lengths with a Beyer Speed Figure of 82. He followed it up with a gutsy win over Out From Africa in the 6 1/2-furlong Sunny's Halo Stakes.

Dave the Knave is a half-brother to versatile stakes winner Forever Grand, whom Tiller molded into a highly successful closing sprinter before losing him in a $32,000 claimer in August. Tiller believes that Dave the Knave has all the tools to handle 1 1/16 miles.

Tiller said Dave the Knave is "more inclined to go long" than Forever Grand. Although Forever Grand won a stakes going 1 1/16 miles as a 3-year-old, Tiller called him "more of a come-from-behind sprinter."

Dave the Knave, Tiller said, "is more laid-back. He just does what he has to do, and I think he'd have more of a shot to be a distance horse."

Tiller said he was able to purchase Dave the Knave for just $25,000 at a local yearling sale because the gelding had some physical flaws.

"He looked like an ugly duckling," Tiller recalled, "but he's certainly changed a lot as he's grown up. He's turned into a big, strong, lanky horse."

Enough Is Enough won his maiden by four lengths Oct. 27 in the seven-furlong Frost King Stakes after losing the six-furlong Bull Page Stakes by a nose. He was a dull fourth in the Sunny's Halo, but came out of it with some mucus, according to his trainer, Steve Attard.

"I don't know if it was enough to affect the way he ran," Attard said. "He just

didn't run his race. He was eating good and looked fine to me, but there were all kinds of sick horses in the barn, and maybe he was coming down with something. He was coughing for a couple of days after the race. We put him on antibiotics, and he seems great now."