11/30/2006 12:00AM

New distance adds intrigue to rivalry


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dancer's Bajan and Legal Move, who finished a nose apart in the seven-furlong Frost King here Nov. 15, will renew acquaintances on Saturday in the 1o1/16-mile Kingarvie at Woodbine.

The $125,000 Kingarvie, like the Frost King, is for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds and attracted a total of seven horses. But the spotlight will be on Dancer's Bajan, who is trained by Bob Tiller, and Legal Move, conditioned by Mark Casse.

Dancer's Bajan and Legal Move actually will be meeting for the fourth time in the Kingarvie.

In their first encounter, Dancer's Bajan prevailed in a five-furlong maiden special here July 15 with Legal Move third. Three months later, in their next clash, Legal Move turned the tables with a four-length win in the six-furlong Bull Page, an Ontario-sired stakes here Oct. 14.

In between those races, Legal Move won the Simcoe, a seven-furlong yearling sales stakes on Sept. 4. Dancer's Bajan missed the Simcoe due to shin problems and was making his first start in three months in the Bull Page.

Then came the Frost King, where Legal Move was 1-2 on the tote board but was edged by the rallying Dancer's Bajan.

"It's going to be a good race," said Casse of the Kingarvie. "It's quite a little rivalry we've got going there."

Dancer's Bajan, owned by 3 Sons Stable, overcame trouble on the final turn to win the Frost King under regular rider Corey Fraser.

"It was a very gutsy performance," said Tiller. "He's run well every time he's run. He's a horse with heart and desire; he tries very hard."

Casse also was impressed with the determination shown by Legal Move, who is owned by Woodford Racing LLC and will be ridden by Patrick Husbands.

"Our horse fought back really well, and galloped out with that other horse," said Casse. "He just got really unfortunate with the bob. But, Tiller's horse got stopped pretty good, too. He had a troubled trip."

The X-factor in the Kingarvie, of course, is the 1 1/16- mile distance.

"It's new territory for both of them," said Tiller. "I'm sure my horse will run a big race. He's a big-hearted horse and I believe he'll handle the distance as good as any horse in the race."

Casse, noting that Legal Move is a son of Bold Executive, is taking a cautious approach.

"I'm a little worried about the mile and a sixteenth," said Casse. "There's not a lot of Bold Executives out there that can get that far."

Casse, in fact, originally had planned to put away Legal Move following the Frost King, but changed his mind after conferring with one of the colt's principals, Bill Farish Jr.

"He's not going to run again until April or so, and he came out of his last race really happy," said Casse. "We decided we'd breeze him, and see how he went."

Legal Move responded with a five-furlong workout of 1:01.40 here last Sunday.

"He breezed excellent," said Casse. "So, we're going to go for it."

Legal Move will race with blinkers off in the Kingarvie.

Watch for Street Sounds next year

Street Sounds, who is passing Saturday's Ontario Lassie for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies, could be a filly to reckon with here in 2007.

Owned by Hidden Creek Farm and trained by Michael Matz, Street Sounds was purchased for $400,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Street Sounds became a stakes winner last Saturday in Laurel's Selima, which was run over 1 1/16 miles of yielding turf. The victory was her second in five starts.

Bred in Ontario by Anderson Farm and Rod Ferguson, Street Sounds is by Street Cry out of the Danzig Connection mare Rare Opportunity.

'Executive' tries Sir Barton again

Executive Choice, another Ontario-bred who is based south of the border, will be making his second local appearance here in Saturday's $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes.

A 5-year-old gelding owned by Roddy Valente and trained by Bruce Levine, Executive Choice finished fourth in last year's Sir Barton, a 1o1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward.

Arch Hall and Moonshine Justice, the one-two finishers in last year's Sir Barton, also are among the field of six.

Executive Choice, who faltered after pressing the pace as the 7-2 third choice last year, returns off a series of sharp sprint efforts in New Jersey.

Sovereign balloting under way

Voting for this year's Sovereign Awards, which is being conducted online at the Jockey Club of Canada website, opened on Wednesday morning and will be wrapping up at 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday.

The three finalists in 14 divisional categories will be announced on Thursday. The winners, plus the three finalists and winner of the Horse of the Year award, will be revealed at the 32nd annual Sovereign Awards ceremony at the InterContinental Toronto Centre on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Bridget Bimm, executive director of the Jockey Club of Canada, reports that there are 70 eligible voters this year, evenly divided between eastern and western Canada.