06/17/2004 11:00PM

Actxecutive too quick for this bunch

Benoit & Associates
Chandtrue will need to be faster Sunday than he was in the Proctor.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - ran so fast in his May 31 debut at Calder that trainer Bob Baffert and owner James McIngvale just had to buy him. The goal was not the $75,000 Haggin Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

But when Actxecutive turned in a sharp workout Monday and came out of the drill in such good shape, Baffert and McIngvale just had to enter the Haggin.

"That work really woke him up, it's like a light went on," Baffert said. "He's blowing fire."

But is the trainer blowing smoke? Not based on Actxecutive's romping debut - a 10 1/2-length win that earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure. If Actxecutive runs a similar race Sunday in the 5 1/2-furlong Haggin, his six rivals may wonder which way he went. Stakes winner Chandtrue is the main threat; other entrants include Lotta Loot, Mr. Fondue, Gentleman Count, Fallfree, and Alpine Sport.

Stakes for 2-year-olds are not complicated. A basic handicapping consideration such as class takes a back seat to speed, and Actxecutive has plenty. His 91 Beyer towers over his Haggin foes, and was validated when third-place Chrizzy returned to win a $25,000 maiden-claimer by six lengths while improving his Beyer from 51 to 71. Actxecutive, a son of Noactor, was purchased privately after the debut and sent to California. Too bad for Chandtrue.

A colt by Yes It's True, Chandtrue won his debut for trainer Bob Hess by 4 1/2 lengths, earning an 82 Beyer that lured bettors into making him the 1-5 favorite for the Proctor on May 23. Chandtrue bobbled at the start, raced wide, appeared to be in trouble on the turn, and won anyway. But the race was slow, and Hess recognizes the 10-point Beyer decline.

"Yes, it was slow, but his training was screwed up," Hess said. "I worked him behind horses, he got rank, and didn't finish was well as I would have liked."

Since then, Chandtrue has worked better, and the instructions Sunday will be to go right on with it.

Lotta Loot romped by more than six lengths when dropped into a maiden-claimer for his fourth start. The colt is the most experienced in the field, and quick enough to set or press the pace from the outside.

Mr. Fondue meets winners after a sharp maiden win in his second start, while Gentleman Count ran well to finish a troubled third in his debut in the Proctor. He also can improve. Alpine Sport and Fallfree are coming off runaway maiden-claiming wins.