11/08/2001 1:00AM

Invader looms large in Kennedy Road


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Local sprinters spotted for a getaway payday in the $100,000 Kennedy Road on Dec. 1 probably will have unwelcome company.

The potential spoiler is Impeachthepro, who checked in at Woodbine for a hit-and-run mission in late September and is back in town under the care of trainer Bobby Pion.

Impeachthepro, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Nick Laneve and William Warner and trained by Mike Ferraro, has won 12 of 18 starts and finished second or third four times, earning $349,422 while competing almost exclusively in New York-bred company.

Eight of Impeachthepro's victories have come this year, including three stakes at Finger Lakes. And Impeachthepro will come into the six-furlong Kennedy Road off the biggest win of the career, in the $125,000 Hudson Handicap at Belmont Oct. 21.

His immediate victim there was the redoubtable Say Florida Sandy, who has won $1.75 million and left the talented Woodbine-based Wake at Noon in second place on two occasions this summer. Wake at Noon also is Kennedy Road-bound.

Pion was the trainer of record when Impeachthepro used a Woodbine race, a seven-furlong money allowance Sept. 29, as a prep for the Hudson.

The Impeachthepro-Pion connection goes through owner Laneve, for whom Pion trains the unraced 2-year-old filly Bella Ta Tita and the 7-year-old mare Brite Prospector, who was claimed for $25,000 Oct. 18 and scored for $35,000 in her first start for her new interests Wednesday night.

"They were trying to find a race for him," Pion said. "This race came up, and they decided to ship him.

"They'd never raced here before, and they loved the facility. And winning makes it all the nicer."

Pion, meanwhile, is impressed by his boarder.

"He's a professional," the trainer said. "He's a real dream to work with."

Princes Atta to run in Glorious Song

In the meantime, after much soul-searching, Pion decided to enter Princess Atta in Sunday's Glorious Song Stakes.

The trainer had been on the fence between the seven-furlong Glorious Song and a first-level allowance at the same distance here Saturday.

"I decided to give her a shot," he said. "The way she ran the other day, she was pretty impressive, so why not go for it?

"And, the owner owns the mare. Hopefully, we can get her stakes placed."

Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Michigan resident Beatrice Fisher, Princess Atta was an impressive winner debuting with a $50,000 tag at seven furlongs here Oct. 20.

Although she largely escaped the public's notice, paying $35.40 to win, Pion was not surprised by Princess Atta's performance.

"She'd been working real well," he said.

Display next for Nicholle's Devil

Pion also is planning to send out Nicholle's Devil, a 2-year-old colt owned by Harvey Tenenbaum, in Saturday's $100,000, 1 1/16-mile Display Stakes.

Nicholle's Devil, bred in Ontario by his owner, won his maiden for a $62,500 claiming price in his second start and then doubled up in the 6 1/2-furlong Silver Deputy Stakes. But he has finished off the board in his last two starts, running fifth in the seven-furlong Swynford and eighth in the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity.

"He'd been off a long time, and it was his first time around two turns," said Pion, noting that the Coronation was Nicholle's Devil's first appearance in five weeks and first beyond seven furlongs. "I think he'll run a much better race [Saturday]."

Todd Kabel, who rode Nicholle's Devil in his first four starts but was otherwise engaged for the Coronation, is slated to ride Nicholle's Devil in the Display.

Alexis retired, to be bred to Giant's Causeway

Alexis, a 5-year-old Irish-bred mare owned by D. Morgan Firestone, has been retired. "She's going to Kentucky next week," said Cliff Hopmans, who took over as the mare's trainer this year. "She'll be bred to Giant's Causeway."

Alexis raced in Ireland as a 2-year-old and in England and France at 3 before coming to North America.

Jeremy Noseda was the trainer of record for her first start at Woodbine. Alexis then stayed on here with Mac Benson, who sent her out to win the River Memories that fall.

Alexis notched her second stakes win here this year for Hopmans, taking the Grade 3 Dance Smartly. She heads to the breeding shed with a record of six wins, three seconds, six thirds, and earnings of $389,812 from 30 starts, all but one of which came on turf.

"She's as sound as a dollar," Hopmans said. "She's just a smart old mare; she's decided she wants to be a mother."

Phone accounts to Southern Saskatchewan

Residents of Southern Saskatchewan now are eligible to open HorsePlayer Interactive telephone wagering accounts, as Woodbine is offering the service on behalf of Queensbury Downs in Regina.

HorsePlayer Interactive, launched in the Greater Metropolitan Toronto area in 1997, currently offers the free automated telephone account wagering on all of Woodbine's live and simulcast wagering to approximately 13,000 customers.

The service also is available throughout Ontario, the Maritime provinces, and Alberta.

* Jockey Jim McAleney has been fined $300 for misuse of his whip during Saturday's ninth race. The stewards ruled McAleney cut his mount, Attawapiskat, and left a welt on the horse's flank. Attawapiskat finished fourth, beaten a neck for third money.