10/13/2005 12:00AM

Passero sends out trio


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Frank Passero has three for the money here in Saturday's $125,000 Bull Page Stakes.

The Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings, attracted a field of 10, including the Passero-trained trio of Believer's War, Trail Fox, and Foxy Money. They will race as separate betting interests.

All three are homebred geldings owned by the Colebrook Farm of John Brnjas, for whom Passero is private trainer.

"Colebrook Farm has a very good program," said Passero, who has sent out eight 2-year-old winners at the meeting. "They have a real good farm team there. The jobs are being done."

Passero said both Trail Fox and Foxy Money are front-runners, whereas Believer's War has shown a rallying style that could be the key to success here.

Believer's War came from just off the pace to win for a $40,000 claiming price in his debut at 6 1/2 furlongs. He failed to fire next time out, finishing sixth in a first-level allowance at six furlongs, which was won by Trail Fox on Sept. 22.

Passero entered Believer's War in another first-level allowance at six furlongs here last Sunday and had planned to run only Trail Fox and Foxy Money in the Bull Page. After Believer's War came flying from well off the pace to defeat Ballado Dancer, though, Passero reconsidered.

"That race really didn't take much out of him," said Passero. "He only ran the last three-eighths of a mile. He came out really good. He was extremely high."

David Clark, who already has won eight 2-year-old stakes at the meeting, was the rider for Believer's War, Trail Fox, and Foxy Money in the last victory for each. For the Bull Page, Clark will ride Trail Fox.

Daniel David will ride Believer's War, and Richard Dos Ramos will ride Foxy Money, who won his only start when tagged for $60,000 at five furlongs Sept. 10.

Believer's War drew post 7, Trail Fox drew post 5, and Foxy Money drew the inside post. Passero said he was unhappy with Foxy Money's inside post.

Trainer Reade Baker had the opposite sentiment regarding the No. 9 post drawn by Tothemoonandback, the probable Bull Page favorite.

Tothemoonandback was an impressive winner of his only start here Sept. 28, scoring by four lengths in a front-running effort over 5 1/2 furlongs.

"He has a lovely post," said Baker. "I didn't want to be stuck down on the inside, where we'd have to make our position. This way, we can go anytime we want to. I think he's tractable."

Two pointed to Coronation

Ashlee's Cat and Bright N Golden, the other Passero-trained 2-year-old winners at the meeting, both are pointing for the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds here Nov. 6.

Ashlee's Cat won a maiden special weight at 5 1/2 furlongs before finishing fifth in the seven-furlong Silver Deputy. He worked five furlongs on a fast training track in 1:01.80 here Thursday.

Bright N Golden won for $40,000 and doubled up in the Silver Deputy before finishing third of four in the Swynford.

Sam-Son looks to reclaim trophy

It's been four years since Sam-Son Farm won the Cup and Saucer Stakes.

That would hardly be notable if not for the fact that Sam-Son had won 13 of the previous 20 runnings of the Cup and Saucer, including seven in a row beginning in 1984 and another three straight starting in 1999. (Sky Alliance, winner of the 2000 edition of the Cup and Saucer, was owned by Sam-Son and partners.)

Mark Frostad trained the last three Sam-Son Cup and Saucer winners and will be looking to renew the tradition here Sunday, when he sends French Beret, Plant the Flag, and Cleopatra's Needle.

A 1 1/16-mile turf race worth $250,000, the Cup and Saucer is for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

Plant the Flag and Cleopatra's Needle, the lone filly in the field of 13 for Cup and Saucer, are maidens who appear to be outsiders at best.

French Beret, however, is capable of bringing back a Cup and Saucer trophy for the Sam-Son case.

French Beret has started three times, all on the turf. After winning his maiden over seven furlongs here Sept. 9, French Beret finished third to Santiago Star in a first-level allowance over one mile here Oct. 2.

The runner-up in that allowance was Golf Trip, who also is a Cup and Saucer contender. French Beret was another neck back.

"I was pretty disappointed," said Frostad. "I thought he'd run a lot better. He didn't seem to be on the ball too much. He's pretty green, still."

Wright to train at Laurel

Mike Wright Jr., winner of the Sovereign Award as outstanding trainer after leading the Woodbine meeting with 73 winners in 1998, is moving to Maryland.

Wright, 33, has turned in his trainer's license here and was slated to leave Friday for Laurel, where he had successful winter meetings in 2001 and 2002. He said he would start out there with 12 horses for various clients.

Wright, whose father is a veteran trainer here, also led the Woodbine standings with 54 wins in 1999 and was second with 59 wins in 2001. His win rate has slipped dramatically over the past couple of seasons, however, as his stable dwindled.