07/30/2004 11:00PM

Woodbine: 'Bourbon' much the best


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wholelottabourbon was the toast of the track, sprinting to a clear lead after the opening quarter-mile en route to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $134,000 Colin Stakes at Woodbine.

Wholelottabourbon ($8.90), with Fort Erie-based Francine Villeneuve in the irons, dueled briefly inside Quite a Ruckus, the only filly and the lone stakes winner in the field of five, before taking charge.

"He does it all so easy, on his own," said Villeneuve. "He even relaxed once I shook loose of the filly, and kept going fast."

Wholelottabourbon led through rapid fractions of 21.78 seconds, 44.94, and 57.58, and finished the six furlongs of sloppy going in 1:11.19.

Quite a Ruckus held for second with Killenaule, a Saratoga-based shipper owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Todd Pletcher, finishing another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.

A Kentucky-bred but Ontario-sired gelding by Foxtrail, Wholelottabourbon had won his debut over five furlongs here June 13 and then finished second to Flamenco at the same distance here in the June 26 Victoria.