10/17/2004 11:00PM

Godolphin stars arrive for weekend stakes

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Sulamani is the one to beat in Sunday's Canadian International, which may have up to 13 horses.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sulamani, the favorite for Sunday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Canadian International, is in Woodbine after arriving from London late Sunday afternoon.

The Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, will highlight a card that also features the Grade 1, $750,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Sulamani was accompanied by Godolphin stablemate Punctilious, who is a leading candidate for the Taylor, and Mubtaker, who will contest the International.

Frankie Dettori has the call on both Sulamani, who defeated subsequent Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Bago when making his last start in the Group 1 Juddmonte International on Aug. 17, and Punctilious, winner of the Group 2 Ribblesdale in June. Both horses are trained by Saaed bin Suroor.

Mubtaker, owned by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum and trained by Marcus Tregoning, won the Group 2 Geofrey Freer in August. Richard Hills retains the mount.

The International field is expected to have as many as 13 runners.

Brian Boru, Ecomium, Gamut, and Simonas are expected from Europe. Sabiango, Senor Swinger, and King's Drama will be heading north from the United States.

The home team should consist of Strut the Stage, Colorful Judgement, Burst of Fire, and Lenny the Lender.

Sam-Son trio works in company

The Sam-Son Farm trio of Strut the Stage, Colorful Judgement, and Burst of Fire breezed seven furlongs in company over the main turf course here Saturday morning.

Working well out from the rail over good ground, the threesome was clocked in 1:30.80.

"They were excellent works," said trainer Mark Frostad. "They all ran together and did it very well."

Regular rider Todd Kabel was aboard Strut the Stage, Slade Callaghan was aboard Burst of Fire, and apprentice rider Gary Cruise was aboard Colorful Judgement.

Strut the Stage is the most accomplished of the Sam-Son runners but is coming off a disappointing effort here in the 1 3/8-mile Sky Classic, in which he finished seventh and last, beaten 3 1/4 lengths by winner Colorful Judgement.

Burst of Fire has won his last two starts while competing under allowance terms at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

Lenny the Lender ready to roll

Lenny the Lender, the other Ontario-based hopeful for the International, had his final major tune-up here Sunday, working five furlongs in 59.60 seconds over the firm turf training course.

"That's the sharpest he's ever been," said Chantal Sutherland, who rides Lenny the Lender for owner-trainer Richard Jukosky. "I think he'll run his best. I hope it's good enough."

Lenny the Lender, an 8-year-old gelding who was claimed for $7,500 three years ago, is coming off his second consecutive runner-up finish in the Sky Classic.