08/16/2001 12:00AM

'Krz' bids for sixth in a row


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Krz Ruckus will try to extend his unbeaten streak to six races as the 126-pound highweight in Saturday's Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine.

A field of seven Ontario-sired runners was drawn for the 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton, which is worth $131,125.

Krz Ruckus began his roll in his final 2000 outing, and continued when he captured back-to-back optional claimers here in April. He won his stakes debut by 4 3/4 lengths May 20 in the New Providence, and is coming off another lopsided score in the restricted Overskate Stakes.

Krz Ruckus, a son of Bold Ruckus, has won his four starts this year by a combined total of 15 lengths, while earning an average Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

Krz Ruckus's strength is his natural speed, but his main weakness is that he tends to loaf after he establishes a clear lead. Trainer Mike DePaulo believes that the gelding has a bright future.

"I don't think we've seen the best of him yet," DePaulo said. "He's only run a half-mile in his races, and that's it. He's one of those horses who needs some encouragement, and he gets it when somebody's running beside him. He's not a big stick horse, and he's not a big work horse."

DePaulo is hoping that majority owner Ron Guidolin will be in attendance on Saturday. Guidolin bred Krz Ruckus, and also campaigned his stakes-winning dam, Krz Lady.

"He wasn't able to make it for either stakes race," DePaulo revealed. "He had to have his legs amputated earlier this year due to some complications with diabetes. It would be nice to have him here."

Regular rider Dino Luciani has the mount.

Completing the field will be Trailthefox, Hopeful Moment, Doug's Legacy, Fun to Run, Casino Prince and Tobias.

Trailthefox, one of two 3-year-olds in the group, ships in from Saratoga in spotty form. He won the Bull Page Stakes here last summer, and won took the Grade 2 Arlington Washington Futurity in September for trainer Patrick Biancone.

Hopeful Moment is coming off an impressive victory in an $80,000 optional claimer, while Doug's Legacy was recently third in a stakes at Fort Erie. John LeBlanc Jr. trains the coupled duo.