08/13/2006 11:00PM

Leonnatus Anteas aiming for the top


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Leonnatus Anteas was named in honor of one of the bodyguards of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian warrior king who held a special place in the heart of the late horse owner Steve Stavro.

But it was the rivals of Leonnatus Anteas who needed protection at Woodbine on Sunday, as the colt stormed down the stretch to capture the $150,400 Vandal.

Leonnatus Anteas was making his first start in the Vandal, a five-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds.

"I was kind of gearing him up," said Kevin Attard, who took over this spring as private trainer for the Knob Hill Stable of Stavro, who died at age 78 on April 24. "The Vandal was coming up, and I kind of figured to give him a shot. We thought highly of him. He's always been an intelligent animal."

Leonnatus Anteas, a $62,000 Keeneland yearling, will be pointed toward the Cup and Saucer and the Coronation Futurity, the meeting's two major stakes for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

The Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race on Oct. 15, and the Coronation, a 1 1/8-mile race on Nov. 5, each offers a purse of $250,000.

"Those are his ultimate goals," said Attard, who was saddling his first stakes winner in his current position. "His pedigree says he should stretch out."

Cozy claim

Knob Hill's former trainer Alec Fehr won Sunday's $76,600 With Approval Stakes with Colorful Judgement.

Fehr, who worked four years with Knob Hill, went back to being a public trainer this year and claimed Colorful Judgement for $60,000 on July 9.

Colorful Judgement, a 6-year-old gelding, won Sunday for the first time since the Grade 2 Sky Classic on Oct. 2, 2004.

"Our main objective was to get him through his first race and see what we were dealing with," said Fehr, who trains Colorful Judgement for owners Domenic DiLalla, George Zimakas, and Mario Formica.

"I haven't put any thought into what we'd do with him next. He seems like a good, sound horse."

Meanwhile, Colorful Judgement was not the first stakes winner that Fehr has acquired via the claiming route.

Salty Note, whom Fehr haltered here in the fall of 1999 on behalf of owner Bruno Schickedanz, won the Valedictory in his first start for his new connections.

Salty Note went on to finish second in the Grade 3 Gallant Fox at Aqueduct and to win two stakes in Maryland the following season.

Judiths Wild Rush to Saratoga again

Trainer Reade Baker was at Saratoga on Saturday, sending out Judiths Wild Rush to a second-place finish in the Grade 2, $200,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

Kent Desormeaux rode Judiths Wild Rush for the first time in the six-furlong Vanderbilt.

"The jock should have a lot more confidence in him next time," said Baker.

All being well, Judiths Wild Rush will be traveling back to Saratoga for the Grade 1, $250,000 Forego, a seven-furlong race on Sept. 2.

Devil's Bride, a 3-year-old filly who accompanied Judiths Wild Rush on the Saratoga venture with an eye toward an allowance sprint there Sunday, wound up working five furlongs in 1:01.40 that morning when her race didn't fill.

Vestrey Lady wins Dutchess for Baker

Devil's Bride also had been nominated to Saturday's $155,900 Duchess at Woodbine, but Baker had that seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies covered with Vestrey Lady, who became a stakes winner with a front-running three-length romp under Jim McAleney.

"She had a work that said she was going to do something like that," said Baker, who had watched Vestrey Lady breeze five furlongs in 1:01.80 here July 30.

"We just kept out fingers crossed that nobody would go with us early; they didn't. They were waiting for her to stop, and she was drawing away at the end."

Vestrey Lady is Kentucky-bred, and the next open stakes for her division is the $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile race here Sept. 23.

Jambalaya stays put for Nijinsky

Jambalaya was under consideration for Saturday's big race at Saratoga, the Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

But Jambalaya, a 4-year-old gelding, stayed at Woodbine to be pointed for the Grade 2, $300,000 Nijinsky, a 1 1/2-mile turf race here Aug. 27.

"If you go to New York, you couldn't come back in the Nijinksy, and it puts you out of sync for the rest of the races in the series here," said trainer Catherine Day Phillips, who sent out Jambalaya to breeze five furlongs in 1:03 here Saturday.

Jambalaya's ultimate goal this season is the Grade 1, $2 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race here Oct. 22.

Arravale California-bound again

Arravale, third in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park in her last start on July 2, is heading back to California for Saturday's Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.

The American Oaks and the Del Mar Oaks both are Grade 1 turf races for 3-year-old fillies.

A Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly trained by Mac Benson and owned by Bob Costigan, Arravale was making just her second start of the season in the American Oaks, having won the Alywow over 6 1/2-furlongs of turf at Woodbine three weeks earlier.

Wilson comes up empty on Ascot trip

Emma-Jayne Wilson and her teammates did not fare well in the Shergar Cup international jockey tournament at Ascot, England, on Saturday. But Wilson, whose best result was a fifth-place finish from four mounts, was thrilled to have been a part of the program.

"What an experience, to be with top riders, representing every continent, at one of the most prestigious racetracks in the world," said Wilson, who arrived back in Toronto at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

"In a word, it was phenomenal."

Wilson, whose five-pound apprentice allowance expired Saturday, rode at Woodbine as a journeyman for the first time Sunday and won with Gold Quill, her second of four mounts of the day.