09/05/2004 11:00PM

One for Rose beats arch-rival


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - When they turned for home here in Sunday's 1 1/16-mile Algoma Stakes, it looked like Winning Chance was on her way to winning her second straight race over her rival One for Rose.

"I thought, 'Oh, oh, she's going to open up on us,'" said Sid Attard, who conditions One for Rose for Carlo and Lou Tucci.

But One for Rose is One for Rose is One for Rose, and a late surge carried her to a 2 1/4-length victory after she was seemingly beaten with as little as a sixteenth of a mile remaining.

Canada's reigning champion filly or mare, One for Rose now has won three of her five starts this year, all in stakes, including one against the boys. Her next major target is the Nov. 13 Maple Leaf Stakes, a Grade 3, $175,000 race in which she defeated Winning Chance last fall.

After that, Attard and the Tuccis plan to test One for Rose south of the border for the first time, probably at Aqueduct. And, if all goes well, One for Rose should be back next year for another campaign at age 6.

"As long as she's sound, we'd like to run her again," said Carlo Tucci. "There's not too many horses who can give you that much excitement. The whole breeding aspect is up in the air right now."

Recent claim scores for Randall

Because One for Rose was claimed - for $40,000 from her first start Oct. 4, 2002 - Attard was ineligible for the $15,000 bonus available to trainers of Sunday's six yearling sales stakes winners.

Noel Randall, who sent out Forever Grand to capture Sunday's Kenora for owner Winston Penny, was in the same situation.

Randall, who was saddling his first stakes winner, had claimed Forever Grand for $32,000 from his last start here Aug. 4. Forever Grand won last year's Kenora, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward, for his previous connections, owner Frank DiGiulio and trainer Bob Tiller.

"I claimed him knowing this race was there for him," said Randall, who admitted he was wary of taking Forever Grand at the sharply reduced level.

A 5-year-old gelding, Forever Grand had worked very well for Randall, who credited his success Sunday to a change of shoeing.

"We glued on his shoes," said Randall. "I would say that he's going forward right now."

Randall added that he did not know where Forever Grand would appear next.

Scratch clears way for Simply Lovely

Tiller earned some consolation from the victory of Simply Lovely in Sunday's seven-furlong Muskoka for 2-year-old fillies.

A maiden who was making just her second start, Simply Lovely got a break when probable odds-on choice Bosskiri was a late scratch.

"She hit her tendon going around the shed Monday morning," said Bosskiri's trainer, Reade Baker. "There was some filling there, but she ultra-sounded clean. She'll have the fall off and join me at Palm Meadows this winter."

Moonshine Justice on hot streak

Moonshine Justice continued his roll for trainer Dave Cotey and partners by taking Sunday's seven-furlong Simcoe for 2-year-old males. Moonshine Justice had won the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon here July 18 and the six-furlong Vandal here Aug. 15.

Cotey said the next order of business would be to try Moonshine Justice around two turns, and the logical target is the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds here Nov. 13.

"We'd have to run him once before that, in some sort of race where they run long," said Cotey.

Mobil notches Halton repeat

Mobil was seeking to repeat his 2003 success in the Halton, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, and he made no mistakes.

"That worked out well," said Mike Keogh, who trains Mobil for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz.

Mobil in his previous race had finished ninth in the Grade 1 Arlington Million on Aug. 14.

Keogh said Mobil's fall schedule could include the Oct. 2 Sky Classic, a Grade 2, $250,000 race for 3-year-olds and upward over 1 3/8 miles of turf.

Just in Case Jimmy wins on short rest

Just in Case Jimmy, a 3-year-old gelding, finished sixth in a second-level allowance here Aug. 28. Eight days later he won his first stakes, taking Sunday's 1 1/16-mile Elgin for 3-year-olds and upward.

"I actually wasn't intending to go into this race," said Roger Attfield, trainer and co-owner of Just in Case Jimmy. "It's not usually my way to come back so soon. But he trained so well this week and acted so well that we decided to put him in. He's a pretty solid horse."

Attfield added that he would give Just in Case Jimmy "a little bit of a rest" before planning his next move.

Alexander gets first Woodbine stakes

Emerald Earrings also recorded her first stakes victory here last weekend, capturing the $143,250 Ontario Colleen for owner Dan Hermann and trainer Bruce Alexander.

The stakes win in the one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies was also the first at Woodbine for Alexander, who is based at Fort Erie but also has enjoyed success here this year with the likes of A Nice Splash, Bola Soup, and Long Term Success.

"It was quite a thrill," said Alexander. "But I can't say I was shocked. My horse is a 'now' horse. I couldn't have been happier with the way she was coming into the race."

Alexander, whose longtime base has been Finger Lakes, stabled at Fort Erie for the first time last year, but will be departing for Monmouth on Wednesday, with an eye toward turf racing at The Meadowlands.

"I'd like to try Emerald Earrings around two turns," he said. "I'll run her where I know she can compete. Whether she can go to the next step, I'm willing to wait."

Alexander also said Emerald Earrings has caught the eye of several would-be buyers, but that he's not interested in selling.