10/08/2002 11:00PM

Gavro a local boy with New York accent

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Gavro, who is here for Saturday's Cup and Saucer Stakes, is a New York invader with strong local connections.

Gavro is owned by Steve Stavro's Knob Hill Stable, which is a fixture in Ontario. But Gavro, a homebred colt by El Prado out of Bunbeg, has been based in New York with Nick Zito.

Gavro has raced just once, finishing second in a maiden special over 1 1/16 miles of turf at Saratoga Aug. 31. That effort stamps him as a contender in the wide-open Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

Zito's last Woodbine entrant was Monk's Corner, a Canadian-bred who finished second in the 1997 Marine. The previous fall, the Zito-trained Storm Song won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Louis Quatorze finished a close second in the Classic for him.

Alec Fehr, Knob Hill's private trainer here, will deputize for Zito Saturday.

Attfield fillies work

Speak Out and Kabeeb, both trained and owned in part by Roger Attfield, worked five furlongs on the training track Wednesday and are scheduled to go in Sunday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Jockey Richard Dos Ramos was aboard Speak Out, who went on her own in 1:01.40, and exercise rider Paul O'Sullivan rode Kabeeb, who was clocked in 1:01.20 in company with unraced stablemate Cozzy Temper (1:01.60).

Speak Out won her maiden at 6 1/2 furlongs here in her second start Aug. 3, but then had her training interrupted by a virus and was making her first appearance in more than seven weeks when she finished a distant third in an entry-level allowance at seven furlongs.

Attfield hopes Speak Out will come into her own at Sunday's longer distance.

"When I bought her, I originally thought she'd be a two-turn horse," said Attfield.

Kabeeb, a maiden after four starts but third in the seven-furlong Muskoka here Sept. 2, is coming off a fifth-place finish in a Sept. 26 maiden special at 1 1/16 miles.

"She ran disappointingly," said Attfield. "But she did get side-swiped, and I wondered whether it might have knocked the stuffing out of her."

Kabeeb wound up almost 12 lengths behind entrymate and winner Clair de Lune, who also is scheduled to run in the Princess Elizabeth.

Forever Grand gets ready

Forever Grand blew out three furlongs in 36.60 seconds on the main track Wednesday under regular rider Todd Kabel and is expected to look for his third straight stakes win in the $125,000 Deputy Minister. The Deputy Minister, for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds, will be run next Wednesday.

Forever Grand has defeated older rivals in his last two starts, taking the Sept. 2 Elgin here at 1 1/16 miles and the Sept. 24 Harry J. Addison over the same distance at Fort Erie. Both races were restricted to products of local yearling sales.

Earlier, Forever Grand had finished second here in the Victoria Park and third in the Queen's Plate.

"He's run hard all year, and run well," said trainer Bob Tiller, who also owns Forever Grand in partnership with Frank DiGiulio.

Tiller acknowledges that Forever Grand will attract some support in the Sovereign Award balloting in a 3-year-old colt and gelding category that lacks a standout.

"It's crossed my mind," he acknowledged. "It's wide open."

Handpainted headed to Big Easy

Handpainted, who emerged from her first career defeat in the Grade 2 Mazarine here Sept. 21 with a severe cut on her left hind leg, is recuperating at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Kentucky.

"It looks like everything's healing nicely," said trainer Josie Carroll, who trains the 2-year-old filly for owners John and Glenn Sikura. "She should be all right to start training by the end of November."

Handpainted, who won the My Dear and Ontario Debutante here this summer and is a candidate for Sovereign Award honors in her division, is slated to join Carroll's string at Fair Grounds at that time.

Carroll said the long-term target for Handpainted is the March 8 Fair Grounds Oaks, a Grade 2, $350,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

Whispered Warning sold

Whispered Warning, a 2-year-old who finished third behind the unbeaten Added Edge in the seven-furlong Swynford here Sept. 22, has been sold by his owner-trainer Mark Casse.

Abraham Katryan negotiated the sale and will train Whispered Warning for the Jets Stable of Glenn Harvey and Deborah Duff-Tytler.

Whispered Warning, a Florida-bred, had started just once before the Swynford, winning his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths for a $62,500 tag in a five-furlong dash.

"I think he's a nice horse," said Katryan, adding that Whispered Warning should be in the entries soon.

Alberta star eyes Lawless

Scotman, a former Alberta champion who recently was sent here to trainer John Cardella, worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 on the training track turf course Wednesday and is headed for the Oct. 19 Bunty Lawless.

A 5-year-old owned by Lomar Stable and Scott Wilson, Scotman finished fourth in his local bow and would be trying turf for the first time in the one-mile Bunty Lawless, a $125,000 race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.