10/07/2006 12:00AM

Watch out for the maidens in Grey Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The 1 1/16-mile Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes was Macho Uno's final tuneup before his victory in the 2000 BC Juvenile.

This year's renewal of the $250,000 Grey, to be run Monday at Woodbine, probably doesn't have any world-beaters in it. Three of the maidens in the field - Bilbo, Catch the Fever, and Angel of the House - look as good as the winners.

Bilbo was second to the unbeaten Barilko in both the Silver Deputy Stakes on the inner dirt track and the Swynford Stakes on the Polytrack.

"He went to the outside fence on the first turn in the Silver Deputy," said trainer Laurie Silvera. "It cost him many, many lengths. He's a May foal, and has improved with every race."

Catch the Fever and Angel of the House finished second and third behind another Grey entrant, Skip Code, in a mile and 70-yard maiden special Sept. 20.

Angel of the House beat Skip Code when finishing a troubled second to the well-regarded Mike Fox on Sept. 3. Trainer Dave Cotey believes a slow work prior to his last race was an indicator that Angel of the House was going to regress.

"He had worked five-eighths in 1:05, and ran like a horse who bounced," Cotey said of Angel of the House's last race. "He didn't put that extra effort in, and that's not like him. He worked like a different horse [Tuesday]. He was strong throughout, with his ears up. I'm wondering if that first race going long took a little out of him."

Scatter the Tak, Eager Lover, and Money Player were all supplemented at a cost of $5,000.

Scatter the Tak was stuck in traffic on the turn and had to be steadied before rallying stoutly under Jim McAleney to take his debut with a 71 Beyer Figure, the highest Polytrack Beyer in the Grey lineup.

"I think we learned everything we need to know about him from that first race," said trainer Mike Mareina. "He got wiped out leaving the gate, then sat behind horses. A horse backed up in front of him, and Jimmy took him up and had to wait. When he asked him, he just bulled his way through and then drew off."

European import Eager Lover rallied on the outside to win his maiden over seven furlongs on the Polytrack Sept. 23.

Two-time winner Acoustic Shadow finished third in both the Silver Deputy and the Swynford.

Orna graduated on the grass before ending up a distant third over that surface in the Grade 3 Summer Stakes.