06/27/2007 11:00PM

Leonnatus Anteas recovering quickly


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Leonnatus Anteas was walking the shed row here at Woodbine on Thursday morning after returning from the University of Guelph's veterinary clinic the previous afternoon.

Canada's champion 2-year-old when undefeated in three starts, Leonnatus Anteas had been entered in last Sunday's Queen's Plate but developed in an infection in a pastern which wound up requiring aggressive treatment with antibiotics.

"We have no idea what caused it," said Kevin Attard, who trains Leonnatus Anteas for Knob Hill Stable and the Estate of Steve Stavro. "It could have been a nick, which wasn't even visible, or maybe an insect bite. There are so many possibilities.

"It was definitely scary. It's tough to see your best horse not be able to walk."

Leonnatus Anteas maintains that status in Attard's eyes despite the huge performance of Alezzandro, who represented the barn in the Queen's Plate and acquitted himself exceptionally well with a close second-place finish.

"They're both very nice horses," he said. "But, Leo's very special. I don't think he'll have a problem winning south of the border."

Attard hopes to have Leonnatus Anteas back to the track by the weekend.

"We'll play it day by day, and see how things look," said the trainer.

Bison City gets only five

The $250,000 Bison City is back at Woodbine after being based at Fort Erie since 1980.

The 1 1/16-mile Bison City, the second leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, generally attracts short fields after the 1o1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks separates the wheat from the chaff.

And this year is no exception as Sunday's Bison City will go with a field of five, including the top three Oaks finishers - Sealy Hill, Saskawea, and Street Sounds.

Quiet Jungle, fifth in the Woodbine Oaks, and Imeanseriously, a new face in the crowd, round out the field.

Quiet Jungle, who was making her fourth start in the Oaks, trailed in the field of 10 early and wound up 12 lengths back after making a middle move.

"She was making a pretty good move, until she hit the stretch," said trainer Mark Frostad. "Then, she got a little wobbly. She got a little heat stroke in the race. Hopefully, that won't reoccur."

Imeanseriously, trained by Gail Cox, also will be making her fifth career start, but the Bison City marks her stakes debut.

In her latest, a first-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles, Imeanseriously was beaten 2 1/2 lengths as the fifth-place finisher under returning rider Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"She got in some trouble there," said Cox. "She came out of it in really good shape, and she loves going that distance. I thought it was time to take a shot.

"I think she'll run well. It would be nice to get some black type for her."

Frostad also had nominated Catch the Thrill, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly, to the Bison City.

Catch the Thrill, however, underwent ankle surgery at the end of her first campaign and Frostad didn't want to run her in the Bison City in her first start of the season.

"These fillies are all too seasoned for her to be making her first start against," said Frostad. "We'll have to find a little softer spot."

Sunday's card also will feature the Grade 3, $200,000 Dominion Day, a 1o1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, and the $100,000 Sweet Briar Too, a seven-furlong overnight stakes for fillies and mares. Both races attracted fields of six.

Weights in Shoal Water's favor

Monday's card will feature a stakes doubleheader comprising the Grade 2, $300,000 King Edward, a 1o1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, and the $125,000 My Dear, a five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

The prospective field for the King Edward includes local turf stalwarts Sky Conqueror and Jambalaya, who both became Grade 1 winners south of the border last winter and would be making their first start of the meeting.

Sky Conqueror and Jambalaya both would carry 126 pounds in the King Edward, and that fact is not lost upon trainer Mark Frostad, who plans to enter Shoal Water.

"The big thing is we get 11 pounds, and if it's ever going to make a difference, it's there," said Frostad.

A 7-year-old gelding owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm, Shoal Water is coming into the King Edward off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup over 1 1/16 miles of yielding going.

"He ran very well in the Connaught, and he hates a yielding turf," said Frostad.

Shoal Water has competed in two editions of the King Edward, finishing second in 2004 and fourth behind Sky Conqueror last year when returning from a lengthy absence.

Bear's Kid will ante up for King Edward

Bear's Kid worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.20 seconds on the main track here Thursday in preparation for the King Edward.

Owned by the Bear Stable of Danny Dion and trained by Reade Baker, Bear's Kid was not nominated to the King Edward and would have to be supplemented at a cost of $6,000.

"We thought there'd be an allowance race for him, but there's no place else to run him," said Baker. "He's working faster than he's ever worked in his career, if that means anything. Obviously they're tough horses to tackle, but nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Jono Jones will ride Bear's Kid, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old who won the Grade 3 Summer over one mile of turf in his first campaign.

* Emma-Jayne Wilson will be signing free autographed photos on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of the grandstand. The photos show Wilson posing with the Queen's Plate trophy.