09/25/2003 11:00PM

Bachelor Blues figures to get


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Josie Carroll probably saw more than enough of San Diego Blowout here last Sunday when he hooked up with her entrant, Estevan, in the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes.

Those two front-runners, competing over a track that was rated fast but playing slow, managed to take the starch out of each other early and faltered late, with Estevan ending up third and San Diego Blowout last in the field of five.

So, Carroll could be excused for being less than thrilled when she learns that San Diego Blowout is scheduled to swing back in next Sunday's $250,000 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes, a 1 1/16 mile race in which she plans to run the speed-oriented Bachelor Blues.

Bred in Kentucky by his owner, William Schettine, Bachelor Blues is coming off a wire-to-wire win in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes, a one-mile turf race here Sept. 14.

After three straight grass starts, Bachelor Blues will be returning to the main track in the Grade 2 Grey, and he will be traveling around two turns for the first time.

"I think it's something he certainly has to explore, and now would be the time to do it," said Carroll, who sent out Bachelor Blues for a sharp five-furlong drill on the fast main track Friday with jockey Patrick Husbands in the irons. The work in 1:00.60 was the fastest of 50 at the distance.

Carroll points out that Bachelor Blues always has trained well on dirt, and the colt certainly showed promise in his first three appearances here on the main track.

After finishing fourth in his debut at 4 1/2 furlongs, Bachelor Blues came in third in the five-furlong Victoria after having to do some fancy footwork to avoid a fallen rival. Bachelor Blues then ran second at six furlongs.

Estevan, who was the 4-5 favorite in the Swynford coming off a 24 1/2-length maiden romp over 5 1/2 furlongs, also is among the Grey nominees.

"He came out of the [Swynford] very well - tired, but good," Carroll said. "I'm not sure where we're going with him. We haven't completely ruled out the Grey."

Estevan, also Kentucky-bred, is owned by Jim and Alice Sapara.

Swynford a throwout

San Diego Blowout was the 7-5 second choice in the Swynford, and although he was beaten by 12 1/2 lengths, his trainer, Abraham Katryan, is inclined to forgive that performance.

"We knew going in it would be a confrontation between the two horses," Katryan said. "We didn't want to just let Estevan get away and end up running for second money.

"But the game plan will change next time," he said. "We'll be trying to get him to relax."

San Diego Blowout, a Kentucky-bred owned by the Kelynack Racing Stable of Glenn Harvey, had won his first two starts in speed-oriented fashion, capturing both a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race and the six-furlong Colin by a 7 1/2-length margin.

Wake at Noon back on dirt

Katryan also plans to be represented in Saturday's feature, with Wake at Noon set for the Grade 2, $150,000 Durham Cup at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

A 6-year-old horse owned and bred by Bruno Schickedanz, Wake at Noon set the early pace before winding up last of 11 here in the Sept. 14 Atto Mile, in which was trying the grass for the third time in his career.

Although he had not fared particularly well in his two previous turf ventures, Wake at Noon already had shown one new dimension this year when he recorded his first two career wins around two turns. Those successes came in front-running fashion over 1 1/16 miles here in the July 20 Izvestia and the Aug. 3 Seagram Cup.

"I don't think a mile and an eighth will bother him," said Katryan. "It all depends on the competition, whether he can get out there and relax."

Wando works toward Indiana Derby

Wando worked six furlongs in 1:14.60 on the main track here Friday, his final major tuneup for the Oct. 4 Indiana Derby.

Regular rider Patrick Husbands was aboard for the drill, in which Wando broke off on his own and pointed at the target of stablemate Langfleur, an unstarted 3-year-old colt who worked a half in 48.40 seconds.

Mike Keogh, who trains Wando for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz, said the colt is slated to leave early Thursday morning for Hoosier Park and the Grade 3, $400,000 Indiana Derby, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds that could serve as his stepping-stone to the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Six Sexy Sisters, a 2-year-old full sister to Wando, also worked on the main track Friday, getting five furlongs in 1:01.20. She should be debuting soon.

Track offers Arc simulcast

Woodbine and its teletheatres, including Mohawk and Greenwood, will offer simulcast wagering on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Prix du Grand Hotel Barreire, to be run Oct. 5 at Longchamp in France.

The Arc will be the first of the two simulcast features, with post time set for 11:30 a.m. Eastern.