07/31/2005 11:00PM

Hard to beat this British combo


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There's something about Woodbine that brings out the best in trainer Andrew Balding and jockey Martin Dwyer.

Balding and Dwyer made their first appearance here in the fall of 2003, traveling over from England with Phoenix Reach and going home with the top prize in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Canadian International.

Last Sunday, the duo was back with Silver Highlight, who in her North American debut recorded her first lifetime victory in the $250,000 over 1 1/4 miles of turf.

Then, on Monday, Saint Etienne broke poorly but rallied to finish second in the $176,800 Royal North Handicap, a six-furlong turf race for fillies and mares.

Neither Silver Highlight nor Saint Etienne will be returning to Balding's yard, however, as both will be joining trainer Edward Freeman at his Fort Erie base.

Balding said both Silver Highlight and Saint Etienne had been "breaking blood vessels" in their races, and the opportunity to curb that tendency by using Lasix, as both did for the first time here, was a factor in their relocation.

One for Rose silences her critics

Some suspected that One for Rose may have lost a step this year at age 6.

But the not-so-old bay mare put the lie to that notion here last Saturday, defeating males for the second year in succession in the Grade 3, $161,500 Seagram Cup.

One for Rose, owned by Carlo and Lou Tucci and trained by Sid Attard, has been voted Canada's champion older filly or mare for the past two campaigns.

And, if she continues on her current path, One for Rose could become the first to win three straight titles in the category since the Sovereign Awards were inaugurated in 1975 and put the icing on the cake of a fine career.

"She has given us everything we've asked of her," said Lou Tucci. "We're leaning toward breeding her ourselves, but we haven't made a final decision."

The next logical spot for One for Rose is the $125,000 Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares here Sept. 4. The Grade 3, $175,000 Maple Leaf, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares here Nov. 12, is on her long-term schedule.

One for Rose will be seeking her third straight success in both the Algoma and the Maple Leaf. The Grade 3, $150,000 Durham Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race in which she would face males, would be an interim possibility on Oct. 15.

The Tuccis, however, still regret that One for Rose has not done well in the United States and are not ruling out one final invasion.

One for Rose finished fourth last fall in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland, and fifth in the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth in her start prior to the Seagram.

"Last time, she wanted no part of that track," said Tucci. "We would still like to try to get her some black type in the U.S. But, she loves it here."

Victoria's Boy could return in Vandal

Attard unveiled another runner here Sunday when Victoria's Boy, owned and bred by George Bigliardi, was a game winner of a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special in his first start.

Sunday's race was intended to serve as Victoria's Boy's stepping-stone to the $150,000 Vandal, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds here Aug. 14.

Victoria's Boy is a half-sister to Verne's Baby, who was undefeated in three starts and considered a serious prospect for the Queen's Plate before being sidelined by injury this spring.

Jambalaya sharp in prep for Breeders'

Jambalaya, one of the leading candidates for Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, breezed five furlongs in 59.80 seconds on the training track under regular rider Jono Jones here last Saturday.

"He broke off nice and easy, finished up well, and galloped out strong," said Catherine Day Phillips, who trains Jambalaya and campaigns him under her Kingfield Farm colors.

Jambalaya will be seeking his third straight turf win in the Breeders', the 1 1/2-mile race that is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

After winning his maiden over 1 1/16 miles in his turf debut here June 12, Jambalaya stretched out to 1 3/8 miles and scored impressively in a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds and upward.

Molinaro Beau prepped for the Breeders' on the training track last Saturday, going four furlongs in 51.40.

Owned and bred by Molinaro Stable and trained by Phil England, Molinaro Beau is a maiden after six starts but finished a creditable fourth in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

The Breeders' will be the first start for Molinaro Beau since the June 26 Plate.

"I didn't want an interim race," said England. "I worked him twice on turf, and he's comfortable on it."

David Clark, who rode Molinaro Beau for the first time in the Plate, retains the mount.

Welcome Again to be supplemented

Welcome Again would have to be supplemented to the Breeders' at a cost of $15,000 and his owner, Stronach Stable, is planning to do just that if all remains well at entry time Friday.

Trained by Bobby Frankel, whose Stronach Stable division here is run by Brian Lynch, Welcome Again was a 9 1/2-length winner of a maiden special over 1 1/2 miles of muddy going in his local debut on July 17.

Welcome Again worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 here Sunday under jockey Ray Sabourin, who has been a regular workmate. Todd Kabel has the call for the Breeders'.

Others eyeing the Breeders' include Area Limits, Autumn Snow, Slew's Saga, and Stephens Gift.

Trainer Mac Benson will be looking for a new rider for Autumn Snow after Francine Villeneuve, who piloted the gelding to a second-place finish in the Prince of Wales, dislocated a shoulder in a spill at Fort Erie on Sunday.

The 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales was the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.