10/01/2003 11:00PM

Added Edge looks to rebound


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Casse had grand plans this year for Added Edge, who was coming off a campaign in which he had been perfect in four starts and was voted Canada's champion 2-year-old.

And while not much has gone right for Added Edge in 2003, the colt will be looking to begin compensating for lost time and building some momentum when he runs in the Ontario Derby at Woodbine on Oct. 13.

"He's training very well right now," said Casse, who sent out Added Edge for a five-furlong workout here last Sunday. The colt went in 1:00.40 under regular rider Patrick Husbands. "Patrick thought he breezed as good as he ever has," Casse said.

Owned by Team Valor and Robert Wilson, Added Edge suffered his first defeat in his seasonal debut in the Jan. 18 Holy Bull at Gulfstream, where he finished last and emerged with a chip fracture in a knee.

Added Edge did not see action again until July 19, when he ran third against older rivals here in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture, and has started only once since then, finishing third against his elders in a seven-furlong classified allowance.

"I've entered him a few times, but the races haven't been going," Casse said.

"It's tough to come back from an injury when you have a good horse," the trainer said. "You can't come back at an easier level. You have to run against the best horses, right from the beginning."

Casse said he hopes the circumstances of the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, will be more to Added Edge's liking.

"He's bred to run all day long, and I think he'll enjoy 3-year-olds," Casse said. "The third race back is usually the best race. I'm hoping for a big effort from him."

Casse has no runners for Sunday's Grey

Casse had nominated Third Day, Cut and Shoot, and Level Playingfield to Sunday's Grade 2 Grey but will not be represented in the 1 1/16-mile feature for 2-year-olds.

Third Day, a Kentucky-bred who had been pointing for the Grey since early this summer, had been the stable's primary hopeful. But, despite being satisfied with that colt's five-furlong drill in 1:02 here Thursday, Casse has opted to look for an allowance spot.

"We were real happy with the way he worked," Casse said. "But, he looks like he's probably just going to be a route horse. Obviously the Grey's a route, but I'd rather get a good race into him before he goes on."

After winning the five-furlong Victoria via a disqualification here in his June 14 debut, Third Day was purchased privately by Earle Mack but did not resurface until Sept. 21 in the seven-furlong Swynford.

Casse said he had hoped that race would serve as Third Day's launching pad to the Grey, but the colt finished a lackluster fourth, beaten 12 1/2 lengths.

"He'd only run the one time, and had so long between races," Casse said. "He's another one we already tried to get in a few times.

"He kind of lost his edge. I thought he'd be a little dull, but not that dull. He never really engaged."

Cut and Shoot, a 7 3/4-length winner over five furlongs in his lone appearance here Aug. 9, is heading for next Saturday's $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-breds.

Owned by Stonerside Stable, Cut and Shoot was supplemented to the Cup and Saucer at a cost of $5,000.

Level Playingfield, who was owned by Casse, won his only start here Sept. 14 but has been sold and is now at Churchill Downs with trainer Bob Holthus.

Blonde Executive takes Victorian Queen

Blonde Executive ($2.80) was the easiest of winners in the $130,750 Victorian Queen Stakes, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies here Wednesday night.

Richard Dos Ramos rode Blonde Executive, who prompted 30-1 shot Believe in Missy through an opening quarter-mile in 22.31 seconds over a speed-favoring track.

Blonde Executive took control heading into the turn, opened up a five-length lead through a half in 45.79, and then coasted home on top by 6 1/4 lengths under a hand ride, in a final time of 1:12.55.

"I didn't really want to be on the front end, but she's such an aggressive filly that she basically took me there," Dos Ramos said. "She came off the bridle a little going around the turn, and I was happy with that.

"She was running pretty easily turning into the lane, and I still had some horse left, so I shut her down at the eighth pole."

In notching her first stakes win, Blonde Executive earned $78,450 for Bruno Brothers Farm and trainer Radlie Loney.

Believe in Missy held second to complete a $28.30 exactor. Boozin Blonde was another 3 1/2 lengths back in third, while 3-1 second choice Toula finished sixth in the seven-horse field.

Local HBPA chooses Cohen as president

Owner Conrad Cohen became the new president of the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association following a vote by the members of the group's board of directors at a meeting here Wednesday night.

The other new members of the HBPA executive board are Bill Diamant, vice president, owners, and Bruce Pollock, vice president, trainers.

The 11-member board of directors, consisting of six owners and five trainers, was elected by the HBPA membership.

* Woodbine will be the Canadian wagering hub for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Prix du Grand Hotel Barriere, which will be simulcast from Longchamp in France. Post time here for the Arc, which will be the first of the simulcasts, is 11:30 a.m.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink