10/31/2005 12:00AM

Gumboots's win raises Sovereign possibilities

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Two-year-old filly Gumboots rumbles home a winner in Saturday's Fanfreluche Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Gumboots thrust herself into the Sovereign Award picture for Canadian champion 2-year-old filly honors with a decisive victory in Saturday's $167,250 Fanfreluche Stakes.

Gumboots put away two rivals on the front end, including heavily favored Devil's Pride, before drawing off for a 7 1/4-length victory in the six-furlong Fanfreluche. Her time of 1:10.09 translated into a solid 87 Beyer Speed Figure.

"We've always liked this filly," said trainer Josie Carroll, who has won six 2-year-old stakes at the meeting. "She had shown a lot of potential every time she went out and did something."

Carroll landed the 2002 Glorious Song Stakes here with Gumboots's half-sister Buffalo Jump. She said Gumboots could run back in that seven-furlong dash, on Nov. 20.

The Fanfreluche was the second 2-year-old stakes win this month for Eaton Hall Farm, which also won the $253,200 Cup and Saucer with the Mike Doyle-trained Pyramid Park on Oct. 16.

Chief Bearhart fan wins Chief Bearhart Stakes

Owner Roger Patten was a big fan of 1997-98 Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart, which made it fitting that he won Saturday's $109,400 Chief Bearhart Stakes with Seattlespectacular.

Trainer Sid Attard claimed Seattlespectacular on behalf of Patten for $40,000 in August from trainer Bob Tiller. After some coaxing from exercise rider Andy Sykes, Attard tried the 5-year-old Seattle Slew gelding on the turf, and he is now unbeaten in three grass starts, all for his current connections.

Patten, 72, has owned Thoroughbreds for 30 years. He won several graded stakes in New York in the 1990's with You and I, Miss Union Avenue, and Caller I. D., who were all owned in partnership with trainer Stanley Hough and John Pastorek. The Chief Bearhart was Patten's first stakes victory at Woodbine, where he has 7 wins from only 10 starters this year.

One for Rose done for the year - at the least

One for Rose, the champion older filly or mare in Canada the past two years, might have run her last race, Attard said Saturday. One for Rose recently popped a splint, he said, and will not start again this year. She has been sent to Kentucky and was entered in the Keeneland January breeding stock sale, but Attard said she could return to his barn next year if her owners, Lou and Carlo Tucci, buy her back.

"She's a big mare, and big horses are usually hard on themselves, but she's 100 percent sound," Attard said. "She's 6 years old. She ran and trained hard all the time. The only problem she's had has come up now. We've had a lot of fun with her. I miss her already."

Palladio scratched due to course condition

Palladio was scratched from the Chief Bearhart by trainer Roger Attfield, who said he was unhappy with the condition of the turf course after he walked it Saturday morning.

"I thought why take the chance for a just 100 grand?" said Attfield. "I felt they should have put the rail out [from lane 1 to lane 5.] The middle to the outside part of the course is very good, but the inside is really chopped up."

Palladio, winner of the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and Ontario Derby this year, is the leading candidate for the Sovereign as champion 3-year-old. Attfield said Palladio is nominated to the $150,000-added Commonwealth Turf, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds Nov. 13 at Churchill Downs.

Baker assistant Lerman to go out on his own

Trainer Reade Baker's assistant Barry Lerman is planning to train on his own next year. Lerman, a 39-year-old native of Zimbabwe, has spent all five of his years in Canada working for Baker, one year as an exercise rider and four years as an assistant. He said he has several owners lined up, and eventually plans on importing some horses from South Africa to run here.

"Reade has taught me a lot, and I'm grateful for it," said Lerman. "I hope I can to get off to a good start next year, but I know that it's not going to happen overnight. I hope to bring some new faces to Woodbine, which I think they need. I think South African horses could hold their own here."

* The pick seven carryover heading into Wednesday's program is $50,921. The eight-race card has only one non-claiming race, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.