09/17/2007 11:00PM

Top pair hit the road for their next stakes

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bear Now and Leonnatus Anteas, two of the most talented 3-year-olds here at Woodbine, headed out Tuesday for engagements south of the border this Saturday.

Bear Now has been entered in the Grade 2, $750,000 Cotillion, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Philadelphia Park.

Leonnatus Anteas is slated for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs.

Jerry Baird, who was aboard Bear Now for the first time when she won the seven-furlong Duchess here last time out, retains the mount.

Jono Jones, who has been aboard Leonnatus Anteas in each of his six career starts, again will do the honors.

Bear Now put together back-to-back wins over 1 1/16 miles here this spring in the Grade 3 Selene and the Hill 'N' Dale, defeating older rivals in the Hill 'N' Dale.

In her start before the Duchess, Bear Now shipped out for the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and finished a disappointing fourth over 1 1/16 miles.

"I'd prefer this race being seven-eighths, but it's $750,000, so you have to take a chance," said Reade Baker, who trains Bear Now for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion. "She's won doing this.

"Pace makes the race, and it will certainly make this race."

Bear Now had her final tune-up for the Cotillion here Monday, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.40 on the training track.

Leonnatus Anteas, undefeated in three starts and champion of his division at 2 for trainer Kevin Attard, will be making his first start outside Woodbine in the Super Derby.

After suffering a setback which delayed his return this year, Leonnatus Anteas finished a strong second in his seasonal bow over seven furlongs here June 3 but had to be scratched on the eve of the Queen's Plate because of a pastern infection.

In two subsequent starts, both over seven furlongs of turf, Leonnatus Anteas won under third-level allowance terms and finished fifth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Play the King. All three of his tries this year have come against older rivals.

"We were looking at the Super Derby, but we wanted to see how he trained heading into it," said Attard, the private trainer for Knob Hill Stable and the Estate of Steve Stavro.

"Off his last two works, we're confident he'll run a good race."

Leonnatus Anteas had his final prep for the Super Derby here last Sunday, breezing six furlongs in 1:11.80 under Jones.

And while Leonnatus Anteas will be traveling around two turns for the first time this year he did win the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity here last fall in his third career start.

"He wasn't rank at all," said Attard. "He doesn't seem to be a horse that's hard to ride."

Alezzandro set for Ontario Derby

Alezzandro proved to be an able pinch hitter for his stablemate Leonnatus Anteas, finishing second behind Mike Fox in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate before winning the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales.

Freshened after finishing eighth here in the Breeders', the 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, Alezzandro has been gearing up for the $150,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds here Sept. 30.

Last Sunday, Alezzandro worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 under regular rider Todd Kabel.

Mike Fox has strong work

Mike Fox, who finished fourth in the Prince of Wales and fifth in his last start, the Breeders', also is pointing for the Ontario Derby.

On Tuesday, Mike Fox worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds under regular rider Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"He was excellent today," said trainer Ian Black, who caught Mike Fox going out six furlongs in 1:12.20.

"He galloped out very strong."

Siwa pointed for Jammed Lovely

Siwa scored her second stakes win of the season for Attard, Jones, and the Knob Hill gang last Saturday, leading throughout the $126,200 La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Late this spring, Siwa had registered a front-running win over older rivals in the Zadracarta, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares.

"She'd been disappointing in her last two starts," said Attard, who had watched Siwa finished fifth in both the Ontario Damsel here and in the Rainbow Connection at Fort Erie.

"But in the Zadracarta, she'd been very impressive in the last quarter. She kicked on very strong through the last eighth of a mile. Jono felt like she should get a mile, no problem."

The Jammed Lovely, a $150,000 race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies here Nov. 11, will be Siwa's major fall target.

Nicki Knew to go route

Attard also has high hopes for Nicki Knew, who won her maiden over seven furlongs in her second start here Aug. 23.

Nicki Knew, an Ontario-sired filly who had finished fourth when she debuted in the restricted Nandi at six furlongs, is now pointing for the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here Oct. 20.

"She's dying to stretch out," said Attard. "I don't think they can write races far enough for her.

"I think she's going to be a nice horse."

Serenading breezes

Serenading breezed four furlongs in 47 seconds in preparation for Saturday's $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

Emile Ramsammy, who rode Serenading to a third-place finish behind older rivals Arden Belle and Roving Angel in the 1 1/16-mile Belle Mahone here Aug. 19, was aboard for the drill.

"She's doing very well. I'm very happy with her," said Josie Carroll, who trains Serenading for John and Glenn Sikura.

Sutherland changes agents

Veteran jockey agent John Bell is now booking mounts for Chantal Sutherland.

Bell replaces Don Parente, who still has credit for some of Sutherland's calls until the current condition book runs out at month's end.

Bell is the longtime agent for jockey Todd Kabel, while Parente will continue to represent Eurico Rosa da Silva.