06/11/2007 11:00PM

'Leonnatus' preps for Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Leonnatus Anteas, who remains under consideration for the Juneo24 Queen's Plate, worked a mile in 1:37.80 here at Woodbine on Tuesday morning.

Regular rider Jono Jones was aboard Leonnatus Anteas, who is trained by Kevin Attard.

Leonnatus Anteas was joined at the five-eighths pole by Sky's Victory, a maiden 3-year-old filly from the same shed row.

"That was to keep him interested," Attard said.

But there was more excitement following the workout, as Leonnatus Anteas seemed to emerge in less than perfect order.

"We think he got a little bit of heat exhaustion," Attard said later Tuesday morning, as he watched Leonnatus Anteas graze contentedly. "He cooled out really good."

Leonnatus Anteas is scheduled to breeze five or six furlongs early next week, and Attard then will decide on his Queen's Plate status.

The $1 million Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, would be just the second start of the season for Leonnatus Anteas, who was beaten by a nose in a third-level allowance against older rivals at seven furlongs here June 3.

Leonnatus Anteas went undefeated in three starts here last year, all in stakes, to become Canada's champion 2-year-old male, but he was late returning to training this spring due to unspecified issues.

Alezzandro pointed to Queen's Plate

Alezzandro, a stablemate of Leonnattus Anteas's, remains on target for the Queen's Plate after finishing third in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 3.

The Plate Trial was just the second career start for Alezzandro, who had won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special here three weeks earlier.

Jones also is the regular rider of Alezzandro.

Mike Fox has five-furlong breeze

Mike Fox prepped for the Queen's Plate here Monday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.20 under regular rider Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"He galloped out great," said Ian Black, who trains Mike Fox. "I'm happy with him. He's training well. It's whether he's good enough."

Mike Fox is coming into the Queen's Plate after defeating older rivals in a second-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles here May 23.

"Anybody who gets on this horse tells me the mile and a quarter won't be a problem," Black said. "But, it always depends on how fast you go early."

Bear Now targets Delaware Oaks

Bear Now, a very impressive winner of the Grade 3 Selene under jockey Emile Ramsammy here May 20, has a major summer target in the Grade 2, $500,000 Delaware Oaks on July 14.

To that end, Bear Now will see action this weekend and has been entered in Delaware Park's $175,000 Susan's Girl, which will be run at the same 1 1/16-mile distance as the Delaware Oaks.

But Baker also planned to supplement Bear Now to Saturday's $100,000 Hill 'n' Dale, a 1o1/16-mile race for fillies and mares here Saturday, which is a more likely scenario.

Entries for the Hill 'n' Dale were to be taken Wednesday.

"She's really good right now," said Baker, who is unfazed by the prospect of running Bear Now here against older rivals. "I wouldn't call this a vintage crop."

Executive Choice wins after sale

Executive Choice made his first start for Baker a winning one in last Saturday's $125,800 Steady Growth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

A 6-year-old gelding who most recently had been based in New York with trainer Bruce Levine, Executive Choice was purchased privately for $75,000 U.S. and was making his debut here Saturday for owners Jim Aston, Peter Buzzi, and Augi Onesi.

"I'd met Augi Onesi in the paddock about a month ago, and he wanted to get a horse," Baker said. "I tried to claim a couple, but got outshook. Then, a friend of his told him this horse was for sale."

Aston, who has been involved in several other partnerships put together by Baker, and Buzzi came on board. And Executive Choice picked up more than $70,000 U.S. for his Steady Growth victory.

"He was worth the money," said Baker, who didn't hesitate to write the check once Executive Choice was given veterinary approval.

Executive Choice finished seventh when making his last start for Levine in the six-furlong New Providence here June 9.

Baker trained Executive Choice at the Van Arem family's T&T Racing property in nearby Palgrave, where he has 30 stalls, bringing him in twice to work at Woodbine.

"He gets turned out every day there," Baker said. "Some horses really seem to thrive in that situation, and he was one of them."

Baker notes that the next two-turn opportunity for Ontario-sired males is the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton on Dec. 8. In the meantime, the restricted 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton on Aug. 5 and seven-furlong Overskate on Sept. 19 are obvious targets for Executive Choice.