06/01/2003 11:00PM

Penthouse Prince figures in Bold Ruckus


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Penthouse Prince, a grandson of the late, great Canadian sire Bold Ruckus, should be among the favorites in Wednesday's $139,000 Bold Ruckus Stakes at Woodbine.

All 11 Ontario-sired 3-year-olds in the six-furlong dash are trying the turf for the first time, which makes the race a handicapping challenge.

Penthouse Prince has displayed an in-and-out pattern in his four races, all for trainer Paul Attard. He won first time out in a romp while earning an 87 Beyer Figure, but he struggled home fifth in his only other 2-year-old outing, the Sunny's Halo Stakes.

Penthouse Prince then wired Ontario-sired allowance foes while getting an 86 Beyer when he came off the sidelines April 25, but he was a well-beaten seventh after stalking the pace in an open allowance most recently.

"He got the right trip first time out this year," Attard said. "With him, it's all in the break, and he has to be close to the pace. Once he gets his head in front, he just keeps going. Last time, he acted up in the gate and broke awkwardly. He lost the race right there."

Attard is confident that Penthouse Prince will make the transition to grass racing.

"I have a feeling he'll like it," said Attard. "This race came up a little light, so we're going to take our shot. I think he'll be able to carry his speed a little farther on the turf."

Simon Husbands will ride Penthouse Prince for Goldmart Farm, which won the 1998 Bold Ruckus with Goldmart Prince.

Also entered were Executive Legacy, Choreography, Tusayan, Battlements, Bramble Bush, Dressed for Action, Dr Wow, Biddy's Lad, Foxworthy, and Lucky Larue.

In a field loaded with speed, Battlements should have an ideal stalking trip under Steven Bahen.

Battlements, trained by Barb Minshall, has recorded two wins and a second in three starts this year. He closed along a good rail to win his maiden on opening day, and then finished second to Penthouse Prince.

Battlements won in a high-quality field while earning a lofty 92 Beyer most recently in an open allowance, in which he ran six furlongs in 1:10.40.

Dressed for Action, the lone filly in the field, exits a decisive allowance score in the slop. She is by Bold n' Flashy, a noted turf sprinter, and there are three grass winners under her second dam.

Robert Landry rides Dressed for Action for trainer Tony Mattine, who has been winning at a 27 percent clip at the meeting.