11/01/2003 12:00AM

One for Rose likely clinches a Sovereign


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - One for Rose probably clinched the Sovereign Award as this year's champion older filly or mare with a front-running triumph as the favorite in the Grade 3, $196,250 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.

One for Rose set slow, uncontested fractions of 24.47 seconds, 49.19, and 1:13.71 in the 1 1/4-mile race, while being tracked by Winning Chance and Clouds of Gold. She opened up a daylight lead on the far turn before drawing off in the stretch to score by 6 1/4 lengths, in a final time of 2:03.50.

Winning Chance was 6 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Clouds of Gold in the eight-horse field. American Skipper and Byzantine were scratched.

Raylene, a 3-year-old who shipped in from western Canada for the race, finished fifth as the 4-1 second choice.

Jockey Emile Ramsammy said he made the most of a dream trip aboard One for Rose.

"My horse got the lead pretty easy," said Ramsammy. "She got off the bit and relaxed nicely. She was doing it so quietly, and it would have taken somebody exceptionally good to run by her."

One for Rose ($3.60) earned $117,750 while winning for the fifth time this year, all for trainer Sid Attard, who claimed her for $40,000 last fall on behalf of Tucci Stable.

A Bit O'Gold sparkles in Coronation

A Bit O'Gold ($8) won Saturday's co-feature, the Coronation Futurity, a $250,000 race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

A Bit O'Gold stalked the pace along the inside in the 1 1/8-mile race and was angled wide midway on the backstretch by jockey Jono Jones. He made an eye-catching bid for the lead heading into the far turn and held off Third Sacker in the final furlong to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

Copper Trail finished third in the nine-horse field, while favored Twisted Wit ended up sixth after breaking awkwardly and running rank on the first turn. The time was 1:54.18.

"I was a little concerned with the one-hole," said Jones. "I moved him a little earlier than I wanted to, but everything worked out good."

A Bit O'Gold, a full brother to 2002 Coronation winner Arco's Gold, earned $150,000 for the win. Trained by Catherine Day-Phillips, he is unbeaten in three starts for The Two Bit Racing Stable and partners.