06/16/2007 12:00AM

Woodbine: Bear Now preps nicely


Bear Now ($3.10) dueled with Femmina through an opening quarter of 23.65 seconds in 1 1/16-mile race. She opened up a clear lead on the backstretch, while setting fractions of 47.03 and 1:11.21, and then drew off for a 9 3/4-length win, in a time of 1:43.78.

Like a Gem finished a clear second, and Top Notch Lady nailed Roving Angel on the wire for third in the seven-horse field. Silver Highlight was pulled up on the backstretch.

Trainer Reade Baker said Bear Now would make her next start in the $500,000 Delaware Oaks.