06/13/2005 11:00PM

Migliore to ride Get Down

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Get Down, who runs next in the Queen's Plate, works at Woodbine under trainer Nancy Triola.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Richard Migliore, one of the leading riders at Belmont Park, has picked up the mount on Get Down, one of the locally based contenders for the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine on June 26.

Get Down, owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Nancy Triola, heads into the 1 1/4-mile Plate off a third-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial here June 5.

Engaging Migliore was no knock on Slade Callaghan, who had ridden Get Down in all of his five career starts, Triola stressed.

"Migliore rides a lot of horses for West Point [in New York]," she said. "They're really comfortable with him. For a million dollars, they want to pull out everything."

The Plate appearance will be the second for Migliore. He finished third aboard Iskandar Elakbar in the 1990 Plate.

Migliore's history at Woodbine also includes victories aboard Volga in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor in 2003 and aboard Wando in the Grade 2 Grey in 2002.

Triola, who works her own horses, plans to breeze Get Down a mile this weekend in his final major tune-up for the Plate.

Ready and Alluring likely to return to Canada

Ready and Alluring, a creditable runner-up to Gold Strike in Saturday's Labatt Woodbine Oaks, is heading back to Belmont, where she is based with trainer Randy Schulhofer.

But with Gold Strike eyeing the Queen's Plate, Ready and Alluring figures to take a lot of beating in the second jewel of Canada's triple tiara, the Labatt Bison City at Fort Erie.

"We nominated her for the Mother Goose, but I think we will stick with the Canadian program for the time being," said Bill Sorokolit, owner and breeder of Ready and Alluring.

The Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose will be run over 1 1/8 miles at Belmont on June 25. The $250,000 Bison City, which follows the Woodbine Oaks as the second jewel in the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, is a 1 1/16-mile race on July 4.

Ready and Alluring was making only her third career start in the Oaks and was coming off a lengthy win in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special at Belmont a month earlier.

The Oaks "was a two-horse race," said Sorokolit, noting that third-place Oaks finisher Victorious Ami was 10 lengths behind Ready and Alluring. "I thought she ran well. She'll move forward off that, I think."

Barbeau Ruckus surprises his trainer

While the spotlight was on youth recently, a couple of old warhorses were bolstering their credentials in relative anonymity.

Saturday's horse of the hour was Barbeau Ruckus, an Ontario-sired 6-year-old gelding who was a game winner of the $126,600 Steady Growth Stakes.

Barbeau Ruckus, favored at 9-10, seemed destined for runner-up status after Mister Coop flew by him at the top of the stretch. But jockey Todd Kabel persevered and got Barbeau Ruckus to battle back and win by a neck.

"I thought I was beat, for sure," said Ross Armata, who trains Barbeau Ruckus for his daughter, Jennifer, and partner Thavamalar Thayalan.

Barbeau Ruckus now has won 10 races, including eight stakes, and finished second or third another 13 times while earning $862,459 from 29 starts.

"The good thing for him is he'll go short, too," said Armata, who watched Barbeau Ruckus finish a troubled second in his 2005 debut, the six-furlong New Providence here May 14.

The Steady Growth and the New Providence both are Ontario-sired stakes, and Armata has won five such races with Barbeau Ruckus. The next restricted stakes for the division is the $125,000 Shepperton, a 6 1/2-furlong race here Aug. 7.

Forever Grand becomes a millionaire

Forever Grand, another multiple stakes-winning Ontario-sired 6-year-old gelding, surpassed the $1 million mark in earnings last Thursday by winning a second-level allowance/optional claimer while running for a $62,500 tag.

Claimed for $32,000 by trainer Noel Randall here last August, Forever Grand picked up $78,825 by winning the Kenora, a six-furlong stakes for local yearling sales graduates, in his first start for owner Winston Penny.

After finishing fourth in his only subsequent appearance last fall, Forever Grand wintered in Florida and was favored when making his seasonal debut in the New Providence.

Forever Grand failed to fire, however, running seventh in the field of 10.

"He bled badly," said Randall. "But he's doing real well now."

Randall expects Forever Grand to return to stakes company, and he has several options.

The Kenora, which will be run this year on Sept. 4, is a definite long-term target. The Shepperton, which Forever Grand won when trained by Bob Tiller in 2003, is an interim possibility.

Randall said Forever Grand also could ship to Fort Erie for the $40,000 Harry Addison Jr., a 1 1/16-mile sales stakes for colts and geldings on July 12. Forever Grand won the 2002 Addison and finished second in it last year at 1-20.

Nashinda breezes for Saturday's Ontario Matron

Nashinda, who will be seeking her third win in as many starts this year in Saturday's $125,000 Ontario Matron, breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 over a "good" main track Tuesday under exercise rider Jackie Wyatt.

"She certainly breezed good enough," said Mac Benson, who trains Nashinda for the Augustin Stable of her breeder, George Strawbridge. "All systems are go."

Nashinda, a 4-year-old, won the six-furlong Whimsical here April 17 and the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie on May 15. The 1 1/16-mile Matron, a handicap for fillies and mares, will be Nashinda's second start around two turns; she won a second-level allowance here last May.

One for Rose, Canada's champion filly or mare the past two years, was beaten 4 1/4 lengths as runner-up to Nashinda in her seasonal debut in the Hendrie.

One for Rose will be looking to turn the tables Saturday under high weight of 125 pounds. Nashinda will carry 121 pounds.