06/13/2007 11:00PM

Selene winners square off in Hill 'n' Dale


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bear Now and Seductively, the last two winners of the Grade 3 Selene Stakes, will lock horns Saturday at Woodbine in the $100,000 Hill 'n' Dale Stakes.

The owners of the first three finishers in the 1 1/16-mile stakes will receive a 2008 season to one of three Hill 'n' Dale Kentucky stallions - El Corredor, Roman Ruler, and Grand Reward.

Bear Now, a 3-year-old trained by Reade Baker, is meeting older opposition following an impressive performance in the Selene, which was her first start around two turns. After stalking a rapid pace, which her stablemate, Bear Bullet Two, helped set, she won by eight lengths while receiving a 99 Beyer Figure.

"I thought she'd run good, but I didn't expect her to drown the field like that," said Baker. "It was a weirdly run race - I never dreamt that Bear Bullet Too would be on the lead. She had never shown any speed before."

Baker said Bear Now has worked encouragingly since the Selene, including a seven-furlong breeze in 1:25.80 seconds June 9.

"She worked good the other day," said Baker. "I don't see [a bounce] in her."

Baker also entered Bear Now in Saturday's Susan's Girl at Delaware Park, but said he's leaning toward running her in the Hill 'n' Dale. He plans on using either race as her prep for the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, a $500,000 event July 14.

Emile Ramsammy will ride Bear Now, who was supplemented to the Hill 'n' Dale at a cost of $2,000.

Seductively won her season opener convincingly over Hide and Chic in the six-furlong Whimsical Stakes. However, she never fired most recently in the 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie.

Trainer Ian Black said a bleeding incident hindered Seductively in the Hendrie.

"She bled a little bit, enough to stop her, I think," Black said. "We sent her to the farm and gave her a little break. She's come back to train pretty well."

Black said Seductively should be forwardly placed in the Hill 'n' Dale.

"I'd like to think that if they go quick up front, that she could set off them," Black said. "If they go slow, she could be on the lead."

Six other fillies and mares were entered, including Grade 3 stakes winner Top Notch Lady, Southern California shipper Silver Highlight, and Roving Angel.

Roving Angel, victorious in the 1o1/16-mile Belle Mahone Stakes last year, figures to be the pacemaker.