07/06/2005 11:00PM

Rare visit by One for Rose

Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
La Reason (left), winning the 2004 Molly Pitcher, will try to repeat Saturday.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Two-time Canadian champion One for Rose makes a rare U.S. appearance Saturday as the highweight in the Grade 2, $300,000 Molly Pitcher Handicap for fillies and mares at Monmouth Park.

One for Rose has spent most of her career at Woodbine, having made 23 of her 24 career starts at the suburban Toronto track. Her only trip away from home came in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland last October, when she ran fourth to Azeri, beaten 7 1/4 lengths.

A 6-year-old, has won 13 races and earned $1,199,638, a testament to her durability and consistency. Most recently, she captured the Ontario Matron Handicap by a head.

Yet, One for Rose remains a mystery to handicappers trying to determine where on the class scale she fits in this field of fillies and mares.

"She's a two-time champion, and she's handled anything we've put on her plate," said Chris Simpson, the assistant to One for Rose's trainer, Sid Attard. "She's defeated the boys. She was beaten only seven lengths by Azeri, who is a great mare. I think we're coming into this race with a very good chance."

Simpson accompanied One for Rose on the trip south. They pulled into Monmouth about 4:30 on Thursday morning after 12 hours on the road.

"She traveled really well," Simpson said. "She seemed real sharp. It didn't seem to affect her at all."

In a measure of respect for her accomplishments, One for Rose will carry 118 pounds for the 1 1/16 miles.

The weight assignment was one factor that lured One for Rose out of Canada, where she has carried 124 to 126 pounds in her last three outings.

"It's a lot easier to come down here and carry 118," Simpson said.

Regular rider Emile Ramsammy will be aboard.

, last year's Molly Pitcher winner, returns for trainer David Vance. A 5-year-old, she most recently finished fourth in the Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs.

"Last year, she came into this race off a third in the Fleur de Lis," said Vance. "This year, she finished fourth in that race, but only got beat a length and a quarter. She was making up ground in the stretch on the rail, but the inside was kind of dead that week, and she never was able to get to the leaders."

, a 4-year-old filly trained by Todd Pletcher, won the Grade 2 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks last season. She loves the mud and has a record of 4 wins in 6 off-track efforts.

Bending Strings takes the biggest class drop in the field. She battled Ashado for the lead in the Grade 1 Odgen Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park and stubbornly held for third.

Emerald Earrings and Ender's Sister both exit Belmont's Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap.

Emerald Earrings, a fading fifth in the Vagrancy, has run twice at Monmouth and finished second both times. Ender's Sister battled for the lead in the Vagrancy before settling for third.

Friel's for Real and Madonna Lilly complete the field.

* Trainer John Hennig calls the Spend a Buck Stakes on Saturday "an experiment" for Miracle Man. A 1 1/16-mile race on the turf for 3-year-olds, the Spend a Buck marks the first time Miracle Man attempts grass and his first time going two turns.

Miracle Man has enjoyed considerable success in shorter races on the main track. He is 3-1-1 in six starts and finished second in Monmouth's Coronado's Quest Stakes last time out.

Network, a $62,500 claim by trainer-owner Eddie Broome in January at Gulfstream Park, makes his stakes debut following consecutive allowance wins. The first came on the main track, the second on turf.

The field

Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap
Purse: $300,000; 1 1/16 miles; Grade 2

1One for RoseE. Ramsammy1183-1
2Capeside LadyC. DeCarlo1165-2
3Emerald EarringsJ. Bravo1146-1
4Bending StringsR. Dominguez1175-1
5 La ReasonC. Lopez1147-2
6Ender's SisterE. Trujillo1156-1
7Friel's for RealS. Elliott11320-1
8Madonna LilyJ. Velez Jr.11220-1

* Odds by DRF staff