08/03/2003 11:00PM

Fort Erie: 'Ruckus' wins by nose


Barbeau Ruckus prevailed in a stretch-long duel with Lil Personalitee and was up in the final jump to prevail by a nose in Monday's $78,300 Cool Reception.

A 4-year-old Ontario-bred gelding, Barbeau Ruckus was recording his third straight stakes victory, all at 1 1/16 miles. He is trained by Ross Armata.

Barbeau Ruckus, clocked in 1:43.02, returned $3.30 as the favorite in the field of five. Right Stop, Ocean Front, and Fleet Forum completed the order of finish.

* Sly Butterfly earned her first stakes victory earlier on the card, stalking the early pace of Native Brick and taking charge turning for home for a 3 3/4-length score in the $57,600 Memorial.

Sly Butterfly, owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Danny Vella, had Neil Poznansky in the irons as she completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.69.

Sly Butterfly returned $8.60 as the third choice in the field of four fillies and mares.

La Princesse Jolie rallied to finish second as the longest shot, at 7-2, and completed a $29.20 exactor. There was no place or show wagering.

Native Brick ended third and the favored Forty Marinesca fourth. Graceful Gal was scratched.

Sly Butterfly, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old filly, earned $36,000.