09/19/2001 12:00AM

Ohio Derby next for On the Game


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - On the Game has done little wrong in his four-race career. Now he attempts to take his game into a more testing arena, in the Sept. 29 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, where he will meet Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Eclipse Award winner Macho Uno.

On the Game, a Kentucky-bred colt by Prospect Bay, was an impressive winner first time out for trainer and part-owner Laurie Silvera, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 99 for his romp at six furlongs here. Shortly thereafter On the Game was sold privately, for a reported $200,000 (U.S.). He finished second following a troubled trip in his first start for his new owner, John Franks, and new trainer, David Bell, but rebounded with an impressive victory at 6 1/2 furlongs here.

Bell had his eye on the Ohio Derby for On the Game, but wanted to send him long first. On the Game was nominated to the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Handicap last Saturday, but Bell ran him the previous Saturday instead, against older horses in an optional claiming race here, which like the McLaughlin was at the 1 1/8-mile Ohio Derby distance.

"It was three weeks to the Ohio Derby," said Bell. "If you waited for the McLaughlin it would have been two weeks, and that would mess all your timing up."

On the Game passed the two-turn test with flying colors, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths over the hard-knocking veteran Prory.

"He did it very easily," said Bell.

Emile Ramsammy, who rode On the Game in his first two starts, has the mount for the Ohio Derby, in which On the Game gets in light at 113 pounds.

Muntej on target for International

Muntej, a possibility for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Canadian International here Sept. 30, worked a mile in 1:42 with the dogs well out on a firm training-track turf course here Wednesday. Regular rider Robert Landry was aboard for the drill.

A 4-year-colt owned in part by his trainer, Roger Attfield, Muntej has not raced since July 22, when he finished second to Allende here in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy over 1 3/8 miles of turf.

"He pulled a muscle in that race," said Attfield, "and I had to miss the Niagara, which sort of messed up my plans a little bit."

The Sept. 1 Niagara, a 1 1/2-mile turf race, was the major local prep for the Canadian International which goes over the same distance and surface.

Boston Twist to try big time

Boston Twist, an impressive allowance winner here last Saturday, is slated to make her next start in either New York or Kentucky.

Josie Carroll, who trains Boston Twist for William Schettine, is looking at the Oct. 6 Frizette or Oct. 8 Astarita, both at Belmont, or the Oct. 5 Alcibiades at Keeneland as possible spots for the 2-year-old filly's stakes debut. The Frizette and Alcibiades go at 1 1/16 miles, the Astarita at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Carroll said the initial plan was to race Boston Twist in the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine here Saturday, but when Boston Twist lost her first start, that set back her schedule.

"We'd kind of hoped she'd win first time out, and we'd go from there," Carroll said.

Boston Twist, a daughter of Boston Harbor, finished a close fourth in her debut here Aug. 6 and won her maiden Aug. 31 with the addition of Lasix. Her Saturday allowance score came at six furlongs, the longest distance she has attempted.

"I'd like to try her going long," said Carroll. "I think she should relax going two turns. Her sire certainly did, and he did it here."

Boston Harbor won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile here in 1996 en route to being voted the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male.

Love and Marry in right spot

Love and Marry finished ninth in the Aug. 26 Ontario Colleen Handicap, but should get back on track in Friday's seventh race at Woodbine, a seven-furlong turf dash for $62,500 optional claimers.

Love and Marry won her penultimate outing in an entry-level allowance for Stronach Stable and trainer Malcolm Pierce. She stalked a hot pace in the one-mile Ontario Colleen and made a three-wide bid for the lead entering the stretch, but weakened and finished behind some talented opposition.

Robert Landry picks up the mount on Love and Marry, who has drawn the inside post in an 11-horse field of fillies and mares.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink