05/12/2007 12:00AM

Woodbine: Dave the Knave wins in return


A fresh Dave the Knave ($11.20) overhauled Marco Be Good in deep stretch to capture the $127,000 New Providence Stakes at Woodbine.

Jockey David Clark rated Dave the Knave in mid-pack on the outside in the six-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired runners, as Quick in Deed set fractions of 22.13 and 44.93 seconds.

Dave the Knave began to make up ground early in the stretch, and scored by a half-length in a final time of 1:11.10. Bold Thing, who was steadied while lacking room at the eighth pole, closed widest to finish third, a neck behind Marco Be Good. Favored Main Executive faded to sixth in the 10-horse field after stalking the pace.

"He's turned into a very professional horse," said Clark. "He tries hard every time, and very rarely throws a bad race. He's a pleasure to ride."

The win was the fourth in four layoff races for Dave the Knave, who banked $75,000 for the partnership of trainer Bob Tiller and Frank DiGiulio Jr.