08/17/2005 12:00AM

Two turn it around in Yaddo


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - On the Bus, a disappointment in two starts this year, and Kate Winslet, a disappointment in five starts since coming to North America last fall, turned their fortunes around Wednesday by winning split divisions of the for New York-breds at Saratoga.

In the first division, worth $82,650, On the Bus received a ground-saving trip from Edgar Prado and prevailed by a head over Finlandia after a stretch battle in the final sixteenth of a mile. It was 3 1/4 lengths back to Beebe Lake.

On the Bus's win avenged a nose loss he suffered to Sabellina in this race last year. Sabellina, the favorite on Wednesday, finished fifth after a wide trip.

On the Bus, a 5-year-old daughter of Ghazi, had finished fifth in a pair of stakes this year. Trainer Dale Romans explained that On the Bus was delayed in reaching the races this year because of quarantine restrictions placed on his barn in south Florida this winter in response to an outbreak of strangles.

On the Bus, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.19 and returned $5.80 as the second choice.

In the second division, worth $83,050, Kate Winslet stalked the pacesetting Irish Princess until the quarter pole, took over turning for home, and persevered to the wire under Richard Migliore to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Rahys' Appeal. It was one length back to Lady Bi Bi.

Migliore said he made a concerted effort to get Kate Winslet behind another horse in the Yaddo because she couldn't quicken after setting a slow pace on the lead in the Mt. Vernon, a race in which she finished fourth.

"She's not a filly with a turn of foot," Migliore said. "She's a filly that can continue at a good steady clip."

Kate Winslet, owned by Team Valor and trained by Rick Violette, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.10 and returned $14.80.