09/12/2005 11:00PM

'Grenadier' the class of this bunch

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes winner Bold Grenadier drops into an inviting spot in Thursday's third race at Woodbine, a $62,500 claimer for 3-year-olds. The six-furlong dash has lured a field of seven and has a purse of $53,600.

Trained by Scott Fairlie, Bold Grenadier scored in the slop when he made his debut in December. He reappeared in a six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired runners June 1, defeating a mediocre field by a half-length. Two weeks later, Bold Grenadier switched to the grass in the six-furlong Bold Ruckus Stakes and dueled through honest fractions before fading to finish 5 3/4 lengths back in seventh.

Bold Grenadier went back to the dirt two starts ago, facing Ontario-sired runners again in the Deputy Minister on July 20. He outsprinted favored Quick in Deed for the lead in that seven-furlong race before prevailing by seven lengths.

"There wasn't much of a challenge up front for him from Quick in Deed," said Fairlie.

Bold Grenadier met older opposition two weeks ago in a 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer. He set fast, wind-aided fractions before giving way in the final sixteenth and finished fourth as the favorite.

Fairlie said Bold Grenadier is a professional type with a laid-back attitude.

"He's always done everything right," Fairlie said. "He's very smart. He's the kind of horse who doesn't do any more than he has to."

Na Somsanith, who has ridden Bold Grenadier in each of the gelding's five outings, has the call.

Other obvious contenders in Thursday's headliner include Singin Devil and Oye Vai.

Singin Devil captured four consecutive races earlier this year, a streak that began in February at Santa Anita and continued here when he won an allowance and two high claimers in the spring. He finished second to six-furlong track record holder Chris's Bad Boy in an $80,000 optional claimer June 24 and then finished fourth and fifth in his two most recent starts.

Oye Vai has won 3 of 6 starts, including two allowances. On Sept. 3, he won a six-furlong allowance after dueling four wide on the lead, receiving an 84 Beyer Speed Figure.