11/15/2005 1:00AM

Next step for 'Charming'

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Charming Ruckus, Todd Kabel up, wins Sunday's Jammed Lovely.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Jammed Lovely Stakes represented a golden opportunity for Charming Ruckus here at Woodbine last Sunday.

A seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies, the Jammed Lovely attracted a field that included several underachievers, and Charming Ruckus, who had been solid of late, looked to have an edge.

The betting public agreed, making Charming Ruckus the 9-5 favorite, and she rallied smartly to score by a length under Todd Kabel.

"She got done what she was supposed to do," said Malcolm Pierce, who trains Charming Ruckus for Windways Farm and Quinn Stable. "It was nice for her, to make her a stakes winner. She's been running hard all year."

The Jammed Lovely wrapped up the stakes schedule here for 3-year-old fillies, but Charming Ruckus may not be through yet.

"The only possibility for her is the Bessarabian," said Pierce. "We'll probably keep her in training and nominate her, then decide what to do."

The Bessarabian, a Grade 3, $150,000 handicap for fillies and mares at seven furlongs, is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Charming Ruckus's victory in the Jammed Lovely was the sixth stakes win of the meeting for Pierce. Five of those wins have come in partnership with Kabel, who has won 17 stakes here this year.

Pierce plotting out rest of year

Pierce and Kabel will look to strike again Saturday with Cryptograph, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt who is a leading contender for the Grade 3, $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup at 1 1/16 miles.

Cryptograph, winner of the Grade 3 Durham Cup over 1 1/8 miles in his last start here Oct. 15, tuned up with a five-furlong drill in 59.20 under exercise rider Mark Ramsammy here last Saturday.

"I was very happy with the way he worked," said Pierce. "He worked by himself. Leading up to the Durham Cup, I had been working him in company, but he's just training so well since I haven't even bothered the last couple of works."

Pierce said he also plans to be represented Sunday by Nicely Done in the $125,000 Glorious Song at seven furlongs. A Kentucky-bred 2-year-old, Nicely Done is coming off an eight-length maiden romp over seven furlongs here Oct. 22. On Sunday, Nicely Done worked five furlongs in 1:00.40.

Badge of Truth, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old whom Pierce is pointing for the $125,000 Display Stakes on Nov. 26, worked five furlongs in 1:01 here last Saturday under jockey Jono Jones. Badge of Truth is coming off a second-place finish behind the talented Unification in the Grade 3 Grey, which was run at the Display distance of 1 1/16 miles.

Elle Runaway, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly who won the Ontario Colleen for Pierce here Sept. 3, was entered in the Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs last Saturday but did not make the trip. Instead, Elle Runaway will be aiming for the Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares at Calder on Dec. 3.

Pierce, however, will not be the trainer of record, since he will be playing out the string here before hunkering down for the winter with his wife, Sally, at their home in nearby Brampton. The Pierces have been standbys at Fair Grounds in recent years but will not be seeking an alternative this season and will be back at Woodbine in mid-February.

"It'll be new for me to be here that early," said Pierce. "I'm usually in New Orleans until late March."

Pierce said several of his horses are owned by American clients, such as Live Oak Plantation and Pin Oak Stud, and will be wintering on their farms. Others, such as Charming Ruckus, will winter in Ontario. But bypassing the Fair Grounds also means that Pierce may be more active than usual in the waning weeks of this meeting.

"I'm giving horses maybe one more race here than I would normally," he said. "I'll be getting their last starts out of them before I freshen them and put them away for the winter."

Palladio likely done for year

Palladio, who was fourth in last Saturday's Carl G. Rose Classic at Calder, has returned to his winter quarters at Payson Park and is unlikely to race again this season.

"He's in great shape, but he's going to have a bit of an easy time now," said trainer Roger Attfield.

Palladio, a Florida-bred who is a leading candidate for a Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 3-year-old, is slated to run over the winter with the Sunshine Millions Day program an early-season target.

Sky Conqueror fourth in Kentucky

Sky Conqueror, owned and bred by Bill Sorokolit and trained here by Darwin Banach, fared well in his stakes debut Sunday, finishing fourth in the Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs.

"He had a little traffic problem, and there were pace issues again," said Banach. "We're going to give him a little break now."