11/23/2006 12:00AM

Shot Gun Ela one more time?


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Shot Gun Ela has been a hard-knocking sort over the past couple of seasons but seemed to be aiming a little high when she ran in the six-furlong Ontario Fashion here at Woodbine on Nov. 4.

But after a front-running 2 1/2-length victory at odds of 28-1 in that race, Shot Gun Ela shouldn't be taken lightly at Woodbine in Sunday's seven-furlong $150,000 Bessarabian for fillies and mares.

"She's always been an honest mare, but she seemed to get better ever since she started breezing on the Polytrack," said Ross Armata, who trains Shot Gun Ela for Rocco D'Alimonte and Frank Annecchini.

"That's what she needed. Everything seems to come a little easier. We haven't changed anything with her. She just likes this stuff. Some of them don't."

Shot Gun Ela, 5, also was also a coast-to-coast winner under jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva in her Polytrack debut under second-level allowance terms over six furlongs here Sept. 23.

Still, Armata was somewhat surprised at Shot Gun Ela's performance in the Ontario Fashion, which was her seventh victory but first in stakes company.

"She ran such a good prior race," said Armata, "and the owners bred her and wanted to run her there.

"I just took a shot. I never thought she would run as good as she did and beat that sort. But, it's that time of year. Some other horses don't perform as well as they did earlier."

Count to Three and Bosskiri, the two-three finishers in the Ontario Fashion, will be back to take another run at Shot Gun Ela in the Bessarabian, which also has attracted the ultra-consistent and talented Financingavailable.

And, although Shot Gun Ela has won at the distance before, seven furlongs could prove to be her stumbling block at the top level.

"I'm not sure she'd be as strong finishing as she was at six furlongs," said Armata. "But there's no other spot to run her.

"She's Ontario-sired, and I'm looking forward to next year. Hopefully, some of my young ones will step up and I'll have something to go along with her."

C J's Lightning takes shot in Display

Trainer David Bell has had more downs than ups this year but still has a couple of shots at getting his first stakes win of the season, beginning with C J's Lightning in Saturday's $125,000 Display.

C J's Lightning, a Kentucky-bred gelding owned by Joanne Bradley, will be making his sixth start but will be traveling around two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16 mile Display.

"He trains like nice colt," said Bell. "He's run well. He just hasn't quite put it together yet. I think he deserves a shot running long.

"This is a fairly competitive race. It's not an easy spot to try. But, there are no allowance races going long for him."

C J's Lightning, who won his maiden over five furlongs of the inner track here Aug. 27, comes into the Display off a third-place finish behind the talented Like Mom Like Sons on Nov. 1.

Prior to that, C J's Lightning had finished second, beaten a neck, at seven furlongs.

"He rated pretty kindly going short in his last race, and there was no pace the race before, when he was up on the lead," said Bell, who is hoping C J's Lightning will settle early in the Display.

Gone Trajectory targets Kingarvie

Gone Trajectory, a gelding owned by D. Morgan Firestone, will represent the Bell barn in the $125,000 Kingarvie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds here Dec. 2.

After finishing fifth in each of his first two starts, Gone Trajectory stretched out to 1 1/16 miles and was a one-length winner under Emma-Jayne Wilson. All of his outings have come in Ontario-sired maiden special weight company.

"He's still kind of green," said Bell. "He doesn't know what he's doing. Emma thinks he could improve off that last race. She thought he could have won a lot easier."

Bell also takes heart in the fact that It's Like This, runner-up to Gone Trajectory in the Nov. 3 race, came back to win his maiden at 1o1/16 miles here Wednesday night.

Beau Run energized on Polytrack

Beau Run, a winner of his last two starts, is nominated to the $125,000 Sir Barton for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and up on Dec. 3, but has other options.

"I think it's going to be a tough spot," said Bell.

Beau Run, a 3-year-old gelding owned by Bar None Ranches, graduated in a 1 1/16-mile Ontario-sired maiden special in his 16th start Oct. 22 here and doubled up in a restricted first-level allowance at that distance Nov. 10.

"He's always been one of those horses who looked like he was better than he was running," said Bell. "This fall, he suddenly woke up. It might be the Polytrack - he's one of those horses that have thrived on it - or the cooler weather."P

Bell is Palm Meadows-bound

Bell will be leaving early next month for Palm Meadows in Florida, where he will have six horses, some that are scheduled to run at Gulfstream Park in the winter. Among them is Famous Last Words, a 2-year-old colt owned by Firestone who was a $350,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland.

By Deputy Minister out of Embur Sunshine, Famous Last Words was well beaten in his first start but returned last Saturday to run second at 51-1 in a seven-furlong maiden special, won by the promising Easterman.

Arch Hall looks for Sir Barton 3-peat

Arch Hall, a 5-year-old who has won the last two runnings of the Sir Barton and is looming as the horse to beat in this year's edition, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 here Thursday morning.

"His last two works have been quite good, better than how he's breezed all year for us," said Mark Casse, who trains the homebred Arch Hall for Melnyk Racing Stable.

Arch Hall is heading into the Sir Barton off a 1 1/2-length win in the restricted Bunty Lawless, which was run over a mile and 70 yards