09/14/2005 11:00PM

Leroidesanimaux draws the rail


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Leroidesanimaux, a winner of seven straight races, will break from the inside post as a solid favorite in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million at Woodbine.

A field of nine was announced for the Atto Mile, a Grade 1 turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, at the ceremonial draw here Thursday.

Leroidesanimaux, a 5-year-old horse based in New York and trained by Bobby Frankel, is 8-5 on Daily Racing Form's morning line.

As the only Grade 1 stakes winner in the field, Leroidesanimaux will be the 124-pound highweight under the allowance conditions.

John Velazquez, who teamed up with Leroidesanimaux for the first time to win Saratoga's Grade 2 Fourstardave on Aug. 27, retains the mount.

Royal Regalia, a close third in last year's Atto Mile, will start from post 5 Sunday under 117 pounds and regular rider Jono Jones and is DRF's second favorite at 3-1.

"It might be better to be a little bit more outside than just in the middle," said Justin Nixon, who trains Royal Regalia.

Royal Regalia won his only start of the year here July 28 and has been trained up to the Atto Mile.

King of Happiness, based in California with Neil Drysdale, will begin from post 2 under Patrick Valenzuela and gets in with 119 pounds.

A solid second in his last start, which came in Hollywood's Grade 2 American over 1 1/8 miles of turf on July 3, King of Happiness has been pegged at 7-2.

Vanderlin captured the Grade 2 Play the King over seven furlongs on turf here while making his North American debut for trainer Ian Balding and jockey Martin Dwyer here Aug. 27. The second-highweight at 121 pounds, Vanderlin will break from post 3.

"It's brilliant, perfect," said exercise rider Leanne Masterton, representing Vanderlin's interests at the draw. "He can jump out; he's not going to lose ground. He can sit in behind a few, and do what he did last time."

Le Cinquieme Essai, based here with trainer Paul Nielsen, was beaten a head as the Play the King runner-up and will have regular rider Steven Bahen in the irons as he starts from post 8 under 119 pounds.

"I'm very happy with that post," said Nielsen. "I wanted to be outside the speed; it worked out perfectly."

Rounding out the field are A to the Z, a California shipper, plus locals Mobil, Awesome Action, and Sophia's Prince.