07/03/2005 11:00PM

Ready and Alluring easily best

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Ready and Alluring wins the $250,000 Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie on Monday.

FORT ERIE, Ontario - Ready and Alluring was both of those things Monday, romping to an authoritative 4 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 at Fort Erie.

She was ready after finishing second in her stakes debut in the Woodbine Oaks, and alluring to the Fort Erie bettors, who pounded her down to 1-5. Ready and Alluring was clocked in a rapid 1:43.15 for 1 1/16 miles, one second off the track record.

With Todd Kabel stepping aboard for the first time, Ready and Alluring ($2.40) quickly assumed command from her inside post and turned back challenges from River Nore and Skippingall Theway en route to victory.

"I rode her like she was the best horse in the race," said Kabel.

Kabel opted to move off the rail with Ready and Alluring on the final turn but found himself back there after the filly threw him a curve turning for home.

"She was seeing something," said Kabel. "She balked at something, and ducked sideways. When that happens, you never know if you're going to bother somebody."

Ready and Alluring ran truly thereafter, however, and the outcome was never in doubt through the stretch run.

Skippingall Theway finished second, with Victorious Ami another 3 3/4 lengths back in third.

Ready and Alluring is based at Belmont Park with trainer Randy Schulhofer, who was visiting Fort Erie for the first time.

Ready and Alluring, who has now earned $259,640 from four career starts, was slated to return to Belmont on Tuesday morning. Schulhofer said options for her next start include the Aug. 13 Alabama at Saratoga.

"She's done everything we've asked of her," said Schulhofer. "Anywhere she goes, she shows up."

Wells: Heavy favorite cruises

Le Cinquieme Essai ($2.50) rolled to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 .

Trained by Paul Nielsen and ridden by Steven Bahen, Le Cinquieme Essai dueled with Tamara through the first six furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile turf race before drawing off through the stretch to finish in 1:42.07.

Tamara held second, with Lenny the Lender another neck back in third.

Le Cinquieme Essai, a 6-year-old gelding, now has won 10 of 23 starts and $853,554.

"He'll probably get a bit of a break now," said Nielsen. "Basically, we'll just sit on him and see."