07/30/2004 11:00PM

Pair of 3-year-olds with bright future


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Two maturing 3-year-old geldings, Domascas Consort and Sailor Knot, head the Civic Holiday, the second of a pair of $40,000, 1 1/16-mile stakes Monday at Fort Erie. Both races are restricted to horses who have started at the meet at least three times.

Domascas Consort, trained by Bob Williams, upset 1-20 favorite Forever Grand in the three-horse H.J. Addison Jr. here on July 11. The 7 1/4-length score was just Domascas Consort's second lifetime win in eight starts.

Williams concedes Domascas Consort may not be as good as the top three or four 3-year-olds in Canada, "but he can compete with the others. He's so big, and still growing - over the winter he will become a monster. He'll be a factor in the fall stakes."

Domascas Consort, to be ridden by Brian Bochinski, drew the rail in the field of seven.

Sailor Knot raced last winter at Tampa Bay Downs, where he debuted in January. But he didn't win until his fourth start there, in a $25,000 maiden claimer. Two starts later, he won at Woodbine for $40,000.

After finishing second in an allowance at the Fort, Sailor Knot shipped to Finger Lakes and finished fifth, beaten slightly more than three lengths, in the $50,000 Wadsworth Stakes on July 4.

In his latest start on July 19, Sailor Knot circled an allowance field here and won by 1 1/2 lengths.

"He's still green, even after nine starts," said Sailor Knot's trainer, Tom Agosti. "He's a slow learner. If he really learns he will be a really nice horse."

Francine Villeneuve will be aboard Sailor Knot, who will break from post 6.

Miss Santa Anita, who faced tough company in her last two starts, headlines the six-horse Border Cup for fillies and mares, the first of the stakes doubleheader.

In the $75,000 H. Hindmarsh here on July 12, Miss Santa Anita finished 5 1/2 lengths behind winner Kissed by a Prince. In the $175,000 Ontario Matron on June 20, she was the same distance behind One for Rose, who was Canada's champion older female last year.

Miss Santa Anita, a 4-year-old filly, matched her previous high Beyer Speed Figure of 89 in her Ontario Matron effort. The next highest Beyer in the field belongs to Miss Fixed Income, who earned an 86 while finishing second to Miss Santa Anita in an optional claimer at the Fort May 23.

Olympic Advice, trained by Myckie Neubauer, could also contend. She easily handled a field of seven in an optional claimer by 3 1/2 lengths July 5. It was her first win in four 2004 starts. She won five times last year.

In her previous race, Olympic Gold finished second to Ginger Gold in another optional claimer. Ginger Gold, a millionaire, was Canadian champion 2-year-old filly of 2001.

"It felt like winning when she finished second to Ginger Gold," said Carl Norris co-owner of Olympic Gold. "She's still improving. We've been patient with her, giving her a chance to develop.