03/30/2005 12:00AM

Asmussen chooses Lexington for Actxecutive

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Actxecutive, a Grade 2-placed colt who won his comeback from a seven-month layoff last month at Oaklawn Park, is being pointed for the Grade 2, $325,000 Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland on April 23, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen.

Asmussen won the race last year with the front-running Quintons Gold Rush.

Actxecutive was making his two-turn debut in the one-mile allowance at Oaklawn, and he led throughout for a half-length win, covering the distance in 1:38.87.

It was his first start since he finished second to Roman Ruler in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar on Aug. 15.

"The timing of the Coolmore is excellent," said Asmussen. "A mile and a sixteenth, that's where we need to be with him right now."

Actxecutive was trained by Bob Baffert last year when he raced in Southern California. In addition to his placing in the Best Pal, he was also second in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile. He races for Jim McIngvale and is a son of Noactor.

"He's a very fast horse," said Asmussen.

Big plans for My Trusty Cat

My Trusty Cat, who won the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga last year, seems to be sitting on another big year for trainer David Vance. She looked strong in her comeback from a four-month freshening, winning an Oaklawn allowance last month, and is on pace to make her next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Vinery Madison at seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 13.

Vance's other upcoming objectives for My Trusty Cat are the Grade 1, $250,000 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 7, and a defense of her title in the Grade 3, $175,000 Chicago Breeders' Cup at Arlington Park on June 18.

"She's stronger now than she's ever been," said Vance. "She's held her flesh well this winter."

Vance said plans call for My Trusty Cat to return to Saratoga this summer.

Top Commander has meet's top Beyer

Top Commander, who has earned the highest Beyer Speed Figure of the meet, a 110 for his win in an allowance last month, could make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, said his trainer, Cole Norman.

Top Commander might be one of two Norman starters in the six-furlong race, which will be run on April 14. That Tat won the prep for the Count Fleet on Saturday, when he captured the $50,000 Hot Springs Stakes and earned a Beyer Figure of 103.

"This race and the Count Fleet are kind of close together, so we'll see how That Tat comes out of it," said Norman. "We might see both."

Top Commander won the March allowance by 7 3/4 lengths, covering six furlongs in a blazing 1:09.64.

"He ran an awesome race," said Norman. "We're thinking Count Fleet."

Level Playingfield, who finished a fast-closing second in the Hot Springs, is being pointed for the Count Fleet, said his trainer, Bob Holthus. Holthus said he has also nominated Pro Prado, a stakes winner at six furlongs who was third to Smarty Jones in last year's Grade 2 Arkansas Derby.

Casual Attitude to Bayakoa

Casual Attitude, who has won an allowance and the $50,000 Pippin Stakes for fillies and mares already this meet, will make her next start in the $100,000 Bayakoa at 1 1/16 miles on April 10, said her trainer, Steve Hobby.

Others being pointed to the Bayakoa are Platinum Ballet and La Reason.

Platinum Ballet stormed to a more than six-length win in an allowance here last month for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

La Reason, a Grade 2 winner, is also being considered for the $100,000 Doubledogdare at Keeneland on April 20. La Reason will remove blinkers for her next start, according to Vance, her trainer.

* Souris, a two-time stakes winner this meet, will make her next start in the Vinery Madison, said Asmussen. In her last start, Souris won the $50,000 Spring Fever and earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 106.

* Can't Trick Jake, Zarb's Music Man, Favorite Fun, and Delta Charlie are among the top contenders in Friday's second race, an entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds that carries an optional claiming price of $50,000. The six-furlong race has a purse of $33,500.