11/06/2002 12:00AM

B.D. Victor seeks jackpot score

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Abraham Katryan didn't expect to be overly active on the stakes front in the remaining weeks of the Ontario racing season.

However, recent developments have led to some changes in direction, and Katryan now finds himself with candidates for the next three stakes this meet.

Leading the charge will be B.D. Victor in Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Woodbine Slots Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and upward. Ceremonial is slated to represent the stable in Sunday's Glorious Song, a seven-furlong race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, while Whispered Warning will run in the Display, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds here on Nov. 16.

B.D. Victor, a British Columbia transplant who was claimed for $25,000 by Katryan here June 1, has earned more than $100,000 for new owner Susan Dibari.

B.D. Victor, a 5-year-old gelding, has won for claiming prices of $32,000 and $57,500 and has faced the best of his division in his last two starts, finishing third in the 1 1/16-mile allowance prep for the Grade 3 Durham Cup. He finished fifth in the Durham Cup.

"He's been a super claim," said the 45-year-old Katryan, who was third in the trainer standings heading into this week's action. "He's a nice little horse; he's very honest.

"But there aren't many races for a horse like him, at this time of year. I was going to run him back for $60,000, but the race didn't go."

Instead, B.D. Victor finds himself in the $150,000 Woodbine Slots Cup, trying to hit the jackpot but with the odds not in his favor.

Still, Katryan is inclined to put a positive spin on the situation. "I think going a mile and a sixteenth, he's legit," Katryan said. "Last time, the mile and an eighth was too much for him."

Ceremonial was purchased privately from trainer Mark Casse, whom Katryan had approached in search of a runner for owner Glenn Harvey.

After finishing fourth in her debut in maiden special company, Ceremonial was favored when dropped in for a $57,500 price but bore in badly from post 1. Her cause was hopeless once she finally got straightened away.

Katryan took the blinkers off Ceremonial for her next start and watched her finish third for $47,500. But the filly has been untouchable since then, romping by four lengths running for $40,000 and then powering to a three-length score over some decent opposition in a first-level allowance.

"I always knew she was a runner," Katryan said. "It was just a matter of putting it together."

Whispered Warning had started twice for Casse, scoring for $62,500 and then finishing third to stablemate Added Edge in the Swynford Stakes, when he was purchased privately by Katryan on Harvey's behalf.

"I'm very pleased with him," said Katryan, who has since sent out Whispered Warning to a second-place finish and then a win over entry-level allowance company.

The former performance was particularly noteworthy as Whispered Warning earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89 while beaten a neck by Arco's Gold.

"Just think, Arco's Gold came back to win the Coronation Futurity," said Katryan, who also noted that Added Edge won the recent Grade 3 Nashua at Aqueduct.

Whispered Warning could be facing another formidable former stablemate in the Display, with the Casse-trained Gigawatt looming as the horse to beat. He also would be attempting an unfamiliar distance, but Katryan is looking forward to the occasion.

"The way he's training now, I think two turns shouldn't be a problem," Katryan said. "He has tactical speed, and he's quick. It'll be fascinating to see how he goes."

Katryan has three prospects for the $125,000 Kennedy Road with Wake at Noon, Runaway Love, and Tempered Appeal all aiming for the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward. The Kennedy Road will be co-featured on the penultimate day of the meeting, Nov. 30.

Wake at Noon has won four stakes this year for his owner-breeder Bruno Schickedanz, and Katryan said the horse is doing well following his 12th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Runaway Love has won two stakes here this meet and is coming off a second-place finish in the Mt. Sassafras here on Oct. 27. He is owned by Martin Dinkin and Harry Pais.

Tempered Appeal, on the comeback trail after missing most of the season, was pulled up in his last start.

"He had a stifle lock on him," said Katryan, noting that Tempered Appeal has come back to work well.

A Fleets Dancer tries to rebound

A Fleets Dancer, Canada's reigning older horse of the year, breezed five furlongs in 1:04.80 on the training track Wednesday and has been entered in Saturday's allowance prep for the $125,000 Valedictory Handicap.

Owned by Cam Allard and trained by Roger Attfield, A Fleets Dancer is winless in six starts this year and will looking to use Saturday's 1 1/2-mile allowance race as a springboard to the 1 3/4-mile Valedictory on closing day, Dec. 1.

Now 7, A Fleets Dancer won the 2000 edition of the Valedictory and finished second in last year's running.

Former chart caller Linda Duffy dies

Linda Duffy, a longtime racetracker and former employee of Daily Racing Form, died at age 54 early Wednesday morning, succumbing to cancer in nearby Humber Memorial Hospital.

Duffy was employed by DRF for 14 years, as a chart caller and correspondent at Fort Erie, from 1977 through 1990. She also worked as a jockey's agent and organized an annual charity golf tournament for the past 19 years.

She is survived by brothers Lloyd, Al, Don, and John, and sisters Nancy, Ann, and Margaret.

Lloyd Duffy, who rode in Ontario for 31 years before retiring in 1997, said his sister will be cremated and her ashes sent to her birthplace of Prince Edward Island.

* "Woodbine Post Time on Sportsnet" will air this Friday and Saturday. Friday's 90-minute show begins at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday's two-hour edition, which will include coverage of the Woodbine Slots Cup, begins at 3 p.m.