11/24/2003 12:00AM

Six Sexy Sisters shows family values


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Six Sexy Sisters had a tough act to follow, with older brother Wando having been the toast of the town here this season.

But Six Sexy Sisters certainly has held up her side of the sibling rivalry and is perfect in two outings after winning the $160,950 Ontario Lassie here on Sunday.

"I thought she ran lovely," said trainer Mike Keogh, who won his 11th stakes of the year but his first with a horse not named Wando or Mobil.

"I didn't want her to get into a speed duel - I wanted her to get a nice education, not be speed-crazy. It worked out good that she didn't break that great."

The debut of Six Sexy Sisters, a Canadian-bred 2-year-old filly owned and bred by Gustav Schickedanz, had been eagerly anticipated but did not take place until Oct. 4.

"She just wasn't advanced enough," said Keogh. "My theory, with babies, is they'll tell you when they're ready. They'll start jumping into the bridle, and she wasn't doing that. I left her until she started to pick it up on her own."

Six Sexy Sisters proved to be worth the wait, as she rolled to an eight-length score in that first lifetime start. The race was originally scheduled for one mile on turf but was run over a mile and 70 yards on the main track.

Keogh then designated the Ontario Lassie as the spot for Six Sexy Sisters' stakes debut, and had hoped to run her in the 1 1/16-mile allowance prep here Nov. 2.

"On entry day, we scoped her, and she was full of mucus," said Keogh, noting that he would have been stymied in any case, as the race failed to fill.

Despite missing 12 days of training, Six Sexy Sisters was up to the task Sunday. She is slated to be on the van next Wednesday as part of a group headed by Wando and Mobil who will train at Palm Meadows in Florida and should see action at Gulfstream.

"I'll give her December off," said Keogh. "I definitely want to run her down there, to get her ready for the Oaks."

Keogh and Schickedanz have another candidate for the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks in Sweetgum, who was a game winner when she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for her second start here Nov. 16 and is among the Florida contingent.

The shippers also will include Sextet, a Canadian-bred 2-year-old colt who came from well back to finish third in his debut at seven furlongs here last Saturday.

Keogh considers Sextet, whom he trains for Nicholas Harris and Francis White, as a serious distance prospect.

Last Answer sharp for Valedictory

Keogh will be looking to end the meeting on a winning note when he sends out Last Answer in Sunday's 1 3/4-mile Valedictory, the $125,000 handicap that will be one of the closing day co-features.

Last Answer has won twice, at 1 1/2 miles here Sept. 27 and at 1 1/4 miles in his last start here Nov. 8.

A 3-year-old colt owned and bred by Schickedanz, Last Answer breezed one mile in 1:40.20 under exercise rider Robin Platts last Saturday.

"It was a good, stiff work," said Keogh.

Plan B works just fine

Earlier this month, the Valedictory also had been the target for Time of War, a 3-year-old colt owned by Knob Hill Stable and trained by Alec Fehr who was entered in the Nov. 8 race won by Last Answer.

"I went into the mile-and-a-quarter race thinking it would lead to the Valedictory," said Fehr. "I nominated him to the Sir Barton as a backup plan."

After watching Time to War fade to fifth in the Nov. 8 allowance, Fehr rerouted him to last Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton.

The move paid off in spades when Time of War, under a heady ride by Jim McAleney, captured the $128,500 Sir Barton as the longest shot in the field of six Ontario-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings, paying $45.90.

Time of War began his career at Gulfstream this winter, showing little in two starts, and did not surface here until Sept. 10.

"When he came up from Florida he was very sour," said Fehr, explaining the lengthy break. "When we brought him back in he was moving with enthusiasm."

Time to War finished second when he returned in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special, then won his maiden over the same distance before his attempt at 1 1/4 miles.

Chopinina to go in Matriarch

Time of War was the stable's final starter of the meeting and second stakes winner, with Chopinina having captured the Royal North in August.

"It's a nice way to end things," said Fehr.

Chopinina is headed for Hollywood Park and Sunday's Grade 1 Matriarch, a $500,000 race for fillies and mares at a mile on turf.

Chopinina, who will be ridden by Richard Dos Ramos, worked six furlongs in a snappy 1:12 on the main track here last Friday.

Fraser done until March

Apprentice jockey Corey Fraser was successful with his single mount on each card here last Friday and Saturday, running his total to four wins and prompting him to hang up his tack for the season.

Fraser, who will keep his weight allowance for one year after his fifth winner, will spend the winter working with trainer Mac Benson at Payson Park and plans to be back at Woodbine when training starts March 1.