07/24/2003 11:00PM

Kent Ridge and Arch Hall give Casse two shots in Bull Page


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Recently at Woodbine there have been some prime examples of why jockeys aren't renowned for their handicapping prowess.

Todd Kabel had his choice between Wando and Mobil in the Queen's Plate. He picked Mobil, and then had to stomach watching Wando romp in the $1 million race under Patrick Husbands.

Husbands had his choice of two Mark Casse-trained colts by 1998 Plate winner Archers Bay in a July 5 maiden special for 2-year-olds. He opted for Arch Hall over Kent Ridge, who won the 5 1/2-furlong sprint going away under Jono Jones, leaving Arch Hall back in fourth.

Kent Ridge and Arch Hall both merit serious consideration in Sunday's Bull Page Stakes, a $133,375 race for Ontario-sired


Kent Ridge earned a respectable 77 Beyer Figure when he finished a lapped-on second to Jazzy Jay in his five-furlong debut. He was sent off at 1-10 while coupled with Arch Hall on July 5, and closed from a wide stalking position to prevail by nearly five lengths.

Casse said both runners have trained well heading into Sunday's race, in which they will run as separate betting interests because there are no couplings in Woodbine stakes.

"I came back and breezed them both," Casse said. "Kent Ridge worked better than Arch Hall, so it appears that Kent Ridge is the best of the two. Kent Ridge is a slow learner, and he doesn't do anything real flashy. He's been slow to get onto his right lead, but once he does, he takes off.

"Arch Hall should run a little better race. He's going on Lasix this time. I think with both of them, the farther they go, the better they'll like it."

Rounding out the field for the six-furlong race are Lone Arrow, Chemistry Class, Imperial Alydeed, Gerry Gerry Gerry, Stormthebarricade, and Just in Case Jimmy.

Just in Case Jimmy, a maiden trained by Roger Attfield, was recently second in the Clarendon Stakes behind the Casse-trained filly Maple Syrple, who went on to finish second in the Grade 2 Schuylerville at Saratoga.

Regular rider Robert Landry believes Just in Case Jimmy is far from reaching his potential.

"He's a nice big horse, who's just looking for more distance," Landry said. "Once the races stretch out, I think it's going to help him when he can run into the bridle, instead of having to keep him in the race early. He'll be pretty tough going three-quarters. He's worked well in his last two works.