08/08/2004 11:00PM

'Bachelor' trying to remain consistent


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Josie Carroll is well-equipped for Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a second-level allowance scheduled for a mile on the grass.

Carroll has stakes winner Bachelor Blues in the body of the race and has entered the upwardly-mobile Tic Tac Man for the main track only.

Bachelor Blues won the Grade 2 Summer Stakes last September, but hasn't found the mark in eight interim starts, including five off-the-board finishes. He was a close second Jan. 10, in the Black Gold Handicap at the Fair Grounds, but was 10th, seventh, and fifth in his next three outings.

Bachelor Blues has fared okay in his two appearances at this stand, the first of which was a third June 27 in the one-mile Charlie Barley Stakes. He is coming off a runner-up placing in the Toronto Cup Handicap, in which he set lively fractions going 1 1/8 miles before giving way to favored Silver Ticket in the final furlong.

A horse who needs the lead, Bachelor Blues has other speed to deal with Wednesday and will break from the outside post in the 14-horse field.

Tic Tac Man, an Australian-bred colt by End Sweep, has run three superb races here since shipping in from Southern California. He romped on the front end in back-to-back seven-furlong dashes in the spring. Most recently, in the Bold Venture Handicap, Tic Tac Man weakened in the stretch to end up fourth after dueling through suicidal fractions, yet was only beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

Honolua Storm, fourth in the Grade 3 Toronto Cup, is a contender on either surface. Trained by Roger Attfield, Honolua Storm was third behind reigning 2-year-old champion Judiths Wild Rush and next-out stakes winner Organ Grinder in the Grade 3 Marine Stakes on the main track May 22, after which he won a 1 1/16-mile allowance.

Seattlespectacular, a Seattle Slew colt owned by actor Albert Finney and Karen and Mickey Taylor, was sent here to trainer Bob Tiller in the spring after going over the top at Santa Anita.

Seattlespectacular captured a seven-furlong allowance in his local debut and is coming off a third-place finish behind Organ Grinder at this level. He has yet to try the grass and is the first foal of a mare who was unplaced in one start on the green.

Tempered Steel has won two in a row since trainer Catherine Day Phillips moved him to the grass. On Aug. 2, he breezed an easy five-eighths around the dogs over the main turf in company with stablemate A Bit O'Gold, who won Sunday's Breeders' Stakes.