08/29/2003 11:00PM

Get Down Wolfie seeks repeat


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Owner-trainer Gina Powell, who hasn't had a winner in eight starts this meet, is confident Get Down Wolfie will defend his title in the Puss N Boots Stakes on Monday.

The Puss N Boots is the second of a pair of $60,000 stakes on the card for 3-year-olds and up, with both scheduled to be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf. The first, the Miss Moneypenny, is for fillies and mares.

Get Down Wolfie has had three starts since winning the Puss N Boots. Before being put away for the winter he finished fourth at Keeneland in October in a tough allowance race won by Grade 1 winner Quiet Resolve.

Powell had trouble getting Get Down Wolfie started this year. Races for him, here and at Woodbine, didn't fill. When one did, in midsummer, Get Down Wolfie had a virus and was scratched.

Get Down Wolfie finished fourth at Ellis Park July 20 and third at Laurel Aug. 7.

"I've had to ship out to get Wolfie ready for the Puss N Boots," Powell said. "They were 800- to 1,000-mile round-trips in very hot weather. And Wolfie doesn't ship well. He was down 70 pounds after the two races."

Two of the 11 runners entered in the Puss N Boots are former Canadian champions.

Kiss a Native, champion 3-year-old of 2000, will be saddled by Layne Giliforte, who got him from owner John Franks this summer. In his only start for his new trainer, Kiss a Native responded with an authoritative sprint win Aug. 10.

Giliforte didn't plan on running Kiss a Native in the Puss N Boots, but a half-mile breeze from the gate in 47 seconds on Thursday changed his mind.

Last year's top male 3-year-old, Le Cinquieme Essai, who is winless in four starts this year, drew post 1 in the Puss N Boots. His trainer, Paul Nielsen, said he's happy with the way Le Cinquieme Essai is training.

Trainer Myckie Neubauer's entry of Lil Personalitee and Go Figure looks formidable if the race comes off the grass and is run on the main track. Lil Personalitee dropped a nose decision to Barbeau Ruckus in his last race, the Cool Reception.

Francine Villeneuve, who will ride Get Down Wolfie in the Puss N Boots, will also be aboard a top contender in the 10-horse Miss Moneypenny. Her mount is Soon to be Single, a five-length winner of an allowance race at Woodbine Aug. 21 at 1 1/16 miles on turf.