08/03/2004 11:00PM

Lone Arrow works for Breeders'


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Lone Arrow worked five furlongs here Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

There will no Canadian Triple Crown winner this year as Niigon and A Bit O'Gold traded one-two finishes in the first two legs, the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate here June 27 and the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie July 18.

A Bit O'Gold is slated to run in the Breeders', while Niigon is headed to Saratoga for Sunday's Jim Dandy.

Roger Attfield, who trains Lone Arrow and is a co-owner in partnership with Bill Werner, had planned to work both Lone Arrow and his stablemate and fellow Breeders' nominee Langburg on the turf training course Wednesday morning.

But the turf works, slated to begin at 10 a.m., were canceled after it began raining.

Attfield was forced to move Lone Arrow's work to the dirt, and watched him drill five furlongs in 1.00:60 over a fast training track under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos.

Langburg stayed in the barn, and will not be entered in the Breeders'.

"I needed to work him on turf today," said Attfield.

Lone Arrow is coming off a ninth-place finish in the Grade 3 Toronto Cup over 1 1/8 miles of turf here July 17, but Attfield believes the colt is coming into the Breeders' in better order.

"If he relaxes, he should be able to get the mile and a half," said Attfield. "Sometimes, he jumps on the bridle early. You can't do that at a mile and a half."

Entries for the Breeders' close Friday, and supplementary entrants will be accepted at a cost of $15,000 (Canadian).

Lord Carmen, owned by Illinois-based Frank Calabrese, is here with trainer Josie Carroll and is slated to be supplemented.

Silver Ticket, Burst of Fire, Hunt the Rainbow, and Rainbows for Luck all are slated to start in the Breeders' for Sam-Son Farm. Other locally based probables are His Smoothness, Strike Em Hard, Witness This, and Cavans Lane.

* Sunday's card also will feature the $125,000 Nandi Stakes, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies, and the $97,000 With Approval Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.