08/15/2005 11:00PM

Kissed by a Prince tries turf for second time in Victoriana

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Kissed by a Prince, a cash cow on the dirt, will take a shot at Sunday's $125,000 Victoriana Stakes on the grass.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Kissed by a Prince has forged a lucrative career on the main track, winning 7 of 17 races and $374,578.

But Mike DePaulo, who trains Kissed by a Prince for Heather Landymore, has never been convinced the filly won't handle turf.

"She hasn't jumped up on it or anything," said DePaulo. "But, we'll hope that changes on the weekend."

On Sunday, Kissed by a Prince will be trying turf for only the second time here - in the $125,000 Victoriana , a 1 1/16-mile stakes for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Kissed by a Prince finished fourth in the Passing Mood, a seven-furlong turf stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, here in the summer of 2003, but DePaulo points out that there were mitigating circumstances.

"She was six wide coming into the stretch, and the jockey dropped his whip," said DePaulo, noting that Kissed by a Prince was beaten only 4 3/4 lengths.

DePaulo also points out that the Passing Mood was Kissed by a Prince's first start since the 1 1/8-mile Labatt Woodbine Oaks, in which she finished sixth while trying two turns for the first time in what was only her fourth career start.

"She didn't really run her best race [in the Passing Mood]," DePaulo said. "The next race she ran, she ran off the wall."

That performance came in the Eternal Search, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies that Kissed by a Prince won by 14 3/4 lengths. Her 97 Beyer Speed Figure for that race is still the best of her career.

Kissed by a Prince has added two stakes scores since then, both coming in the 1 1/16-mile Harry A. Hindmarsh at Fort Erie.

The purse of the Hindmarsh, which is restricted to graduates of Woodbine's open and 2-year-old sales, was slashed to $40,000 this year.

But there is no faulting the manner in which Kissed by a Prince won the July 11 Hindmarsh, asserting her superiority with a 6 3/4-length victory. That was just the third start of the year for Kissed by a Prince, and the Victoriana was her fourth.

"There are a couple of races I could have run her in, but I thought I'd sit and wait for this race," said DePaulo. "She's coming in fresh, and I'm looking for her to run well.

"She had a long break, so after this I'll probably look at the yearling sales stakes."

Kissed by a Prince's sales race is the Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds and up, which will be one of six yearling stakes run here Sept. 4.

Unfortunately for DePaulo, and any other Algoma candidates, One for Rose is scheduled to shoot for her third straight victory in that race.

One for Rose, Canada's champion filly or mare the past two seasons, romped against males in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Seagram Cup in her last start, on July 30.

DePaulo a multiple threat

DePaulo could have horses in two other yearling sales stakes on Sept. 4. Questing Knight is nominated for both the 1 1/16-mile Elgin and the six-furlong Kenora, and Belle of Ascot is nominated for the seven-furlong Muskoka.

Both the Kenora and the Elgin are for 3-year-olds and up, with the Elgin restricted to colts and geldings and the Muskoka for 2-year-old fillies.

Questing Knight, a hard-knocking 6-year-old gelding who races for Overheath Stable, has won 3 of 7 starts this year and is coming off a fifth-place finish under second-level allowance conditions here last Sunday.

"I was a little disappointed the other day," said DePaulo. "He might have bounced."

Questing Knight was coming into Sunday's 1 1/16-mile race off a very impressive victory in a seven-furlong first-level allowance here July 24. His 93 Beyer Figure there is the best of his 39-race career.

Belle of Ascot, also owned by Overheath Stable, is a maiden after two starts and is entered on Friday.

Krz Ruckus at Fort Erie next

Krz Ruckus, an 8-year-old gelding who has earned more than $1 million under DePaulo's tutelage, has struggled this season but will be looking to turn things around in Fort Erie's Parnitha Cup on Sunday.

The Parnitha, a series of "Cup" races restricted to horses that have made two appearances at the current Fort Erie meeting, will be run over five furlongs on the turf.

Krz Ruckus has tried turf just twice in his 44-race career, most recently in 1992 when he finished a close fifth in a first-level allowance race over six furlongs at Woodbine.

"His big problem with running on turf has been our course," said DePaulo. "There's a lot of real estate when you turn for home."

Beware: Balding ships in two more

Trainer Andrew Balding, who is based in England, had a big weekend here last month when he shipped over Silver Highlight, who won the $252,400 Wonder Where, and Saint Etienne, who ran second in the $176,800 Royal North.

While Silver Highlight and Saint Etienne remained in Canada, going to trainer Edward Freeman at Fort Erie, two other Balding-trained horses are scheduled to check in this week.

One is Vanderlin, a 6-year-old gelding who is a listed stakes winner of five races and $242,791. Vanderlin is nominated to the Grade 2, Play the King Handicap here Aug. 27.

The other is Bourgainville, 7, a winner of 4 of 47 races and $167,30 who is looking for a suitable spot.