05/14/2004 12:00AM

If it's off the turf, 'Rose' will go


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - One for Rose, Canada's reigning champion older filly or mare, was among the nominees for Sunday's Hendrie Handicap. But although One for Rose could be making her seasonal debut on Sunday, it won't be in the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie.

Sid Attard, who trains One for Rose for Tucci Stable, has entered the Ontario-bred 5-year-old as a main-track-only contestant for the one-mile turf prep for the Nassau Stakes. If the $86,400 allowance race comes off the turf, then One for Rose will be competing over a mile and 70 yards and will be the one to beat.

"She's doing very, very well," said Attard, noting that he was loath to run One for Rose at the Hendrie distance even though she was highly competitive last year at seven furlongs.

"She can't go six and a half furlongs; that would be asking for trouble," he said. "Seven furlongs and six and a half furlongs, for her, is a big difference."

Attard also was not tempted to try One for Rose on the grass, even though she performed decently in two previous tries on the surface.

"If something's not broke, don't fix it," said Attard. "She's done nothing wrong on the main track; there are lots of main-track races for her here."

The first two-turn stakes race for the filly-mare division is the $125,000 Ontario Matron Handicap, at 1 1/16 miles on June 20.

Brattothecore also hoping for rain

Opting for a similar scenario Sunday is Brattothecore, who was nominated to the Hendrie but has been entered main-track-only in the Nassau prep.

"I didn't want to throw her into a stakes in her first race of the year," said John Ross, who trains Brattothecore for the Jam Jar Racing Stable of Bud and Jackie Reynolds. "It wouldn't be fair to her; I wanted her to have a bit of a prep first."

Brattothecore, a 4-year-old Ontario-bred, has won two stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt, taking the Ontario Lassie here at 2 and dead-heating for the win in Fort Erie's Bison City last July. She finished ninth in her only turf outing, which came in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where.

Slew Valley new to Baker barn

An interesting new turf performer arrived here this week when Slew Valley checked into the barn of trainer Reade Baker.

A 7-year-old horse who races for the Rich Meadow Farm of Jim Hindman, Slew Valley has earned $468,820 and has a record of 5-3-5 from 27 starts.

While he is not a stakes winner, Slew Valley has been competitive with top company, running in nine Grade 1 races. His best efforts have been a second-place finish in Belmont's 2003 Man o' War and back-to-back thirds in Saratoga's 2002 and 2003 editions of the Sword Dancer.

Two of Slew Valley's Grade 1 tries came at Woodbine in 2001, as he finished a close fifth in the field of 14 for the Atto Mile and ended 10th of 12 in the Canadian International.

Bred in Maryland by his owner, Slew Valley ended a 17-race winless streak at Gulfstream this winter when victorious over 1 1/8 miles on turf in an allowance race. In a subsequent start, he finished a solid third in Aqueduct's Grade 3 Fort Marcy at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

"He'll go through the turf series here," said Baker, whose immediate target for Slew Valley is the Grade 3 Connaught Cup at 1 1/16 miles on May 30.

Silky Tresses has Wonder Where as target

Slew Valley is the second Rich Meadow runner to join Baker here. Silky Tresses, a maiden 3-year-old filly, finished second in her local debut over 1 1/16 miles in the slop on May 8.

Silky Tresses, an Ontario-bred, is nominated to both the Grade 2 Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race here May 23, and the Labatt Woodbine Oaks, at 1 1/8 miles on June 13.

Baker said Silky Tresses will not be going the Oaks route but does have a long-term stakes goal in the $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies here on Aug. 1.

That still would leave Baker with five candidates for the Oaks, which attracted 66 nominees.

That quintet is headed by stakes winners Silver Bird and Ontheqt, both of whom are eyeing the Selene. Recent graduates Hong Kong Dancer and Touchnow, plus the maiden On Account of Me, also are nominated to the Selene.

Nashinda jumps into allowance

Nashinda, also nominated to the Selene with her ultimate goal being the Oaks, is a surprise entrant in Sunday's fourth race, a second-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares, 3 and up.

Owned and bred by Augustin Stable and trained by Mac Benson, Nashinda will be traveling beyond six furlongs for the first time and is the junior member of the field of six.

Undefeated in two starts last year, including the five-furlong My Dear, Nashinda began her current campaign with a second-place finish, beaten a nose by Ontheqt, in the six-furlong Star Shoot.

Mark One getting ready for Eclipse

Mark One, a game winner of the prep for the Eclipse Handicap here May 2, breezed five furlongs on a fast main track in 1:02.20 here Friday under exercise rider Stacie Clark Rogers.

Owned by Stronach Stable and trained by Danny Vella, Mark One should be looking for his first stakes win in the Grade 3, $125,000 Eclipse, a 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and upward that will be the feature on the May 24 Victoria Day program.