07/01/2005 12:00AM

La Trillium gets two breaks


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - One for Rose and Nashinda, who have dominated the filly-mare stakes here this year, were among the nominees to Sunday's $108,000 Sweet Briar Too, but neither will be in the lineup for the seven-furlong race, which drew a field of eight.

One for Rose, trained by Sid Attard, is heading for Monmouth Park and next Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Molly Pitcher Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. Regular rider Emile Ramsammy, who piloted One for Rose to victory in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Matron here last time out, will make the trip to New Jersey.

Nashinda, winner of the six-furlong Whimsical and 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie before finishing fourth in the Matron, is getting some time off.

"I don't think she was as well prepared as I should have had her, and I don't think we rode her the way she likes to be ridden," said trainer Mac Benson of Nashinda's Matron defeat. "But, maybe she just can't go that far."

The absence of the heavy hitters could play right into the court of La Trillium, who has won 4 of 5 career starts but will be seeking her first stakes score in the Sweet Briar Too.

La Trillium, a 5-year-old who has been patiently managed by trainer Paul Nielsen, is 3 for 4 at the seven-furlong distance, having won her first three starts last year before finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Seaway.

In her only appearance this year, La Trillium tried turf for the first time and finished in a dead heat for first with Tamara in a third-level allowance over one mile.

"It was a little bit of an experiment," said Nielsen. "It wasn't grass so much as to see how far she'd go. I thought she ran huge. I don't think she could have run much better."

Opposing La Trillium will be Deputy Cures Blues, Roman Romance, Spanish Decree, Fifth Overture, Expect An Angel, Elusive A.C., and West Beware.

Le Cinquieme Essai to run at Fort Erie

Nielsen also considered running his stable star, Le Cinquieme Essai, here in Sunday's Grade 2, $331,800 King Edward over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

But Le Cinquieme Essai, who made a winning 2005 debut here in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup over 1 1/16 miles on turf, instead will be heading to Fort Erie for Monday's $100,000 Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial Stakes.

"A mile and an eighth here is pretty tough for him," said Nielsen.

"And, the King Edward's a pretty tough race. Fort Erie is a little easier spot. He's proven down there, and he likes the seven-furlong turf course."

The Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds and upward, attracted a field of five, and Le Cinquieme Essai will be a heavy favorite.

Ready and Alluring heads Bison City

The $250,000 Bison City will be the main event at Fort Erie on Monday. The 1 1/16-mile Bison City is the second leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, following the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks.

Gold Strike won the Oaks and returned to finish third here in last Sunday's Queen's Plate. That leaves Ready and Alluring, a clear runner-up in the Oaks, as the one to beat in the six-horse Bison City field.

Ready and Alluring, based at Belmont with trainer Randy Schulhofer, was due to arrive at Fort Erie on Sunday. Todd Kabel has picked up the mount.

Three other Oaks contestants will be back to try Ready and Alluring.

Victorious Ami, the third-place finisher, will have regular partner Emile Ramsammy aboard.

Whiskey and Low, who ran fourth, and River Nore, ninth, were two of five Oaks entrants trained by Reade Baker, including Gold Strike.

Jim McAleney, who rode Gold Strike, regains the mount on River Nore for the Bison City. Baker has enlisted a Fort Erie regular, Chris Griffith, to ride Whiskey and Low.

Rounding out the Bison City field will be Skippingall Theway, who is coming off a second-place finish in a first-level allowance here over 1 1/8 miles, and Good as Gold, second over one mile of turf here in a B-grade allowance for nonwinners-of-two last time out.

DeGannes has interesting purchase

Wild Desert's Queen's Plate success was of more than passing interest to local trainer Greg DeGannes, who has a half-sister to the colt, Kick'em Jenny, in his barn here.

Kick'em Jenny, by Bold Executive, was a $25,000 purchase at the local select yearling sale here.

"She just got up here from Florida," said DeGannes, who has a farm in the Ocala area. "She's acted right, done everything I've asked her to do so far."

De Gannes, however, is in no hurry with Kick'em Jenny.

"I look for her to be ready to run about the middle of August," he said.

"I think she'll make a better 3-year-old than a 2-year-old. She gives the impression she'll run all day, which is atypical for a Bold Executive. She's tall, rangy, scopy. That probably comes from the broodmare."

Kick'em Jenny is owned by Ralph Johnson, a noted Barbadian yachtsman and vice-president of the Barbados Olympic Committee. The filly takes her name from the undersea volcano Kick'em Jenny, located just off the north shore of Grenada.