05/20/2004 11:00PM

Blonde Executive holds off on stretch


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Blonde Executive displayed plenty of ability as a 2-year-old, and her connections couldn't have been blamed for following their natural inclination to point for the Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

After all, the Oaks, run at 1 1/8 miles, is this country's premier test for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, and offers a purse of $500,000. Several hopefuls will be tuning up for the Oaks in Sunday's 1 1/16-mile, $250,000 Selene.

But Blonde Executive has elected to follow a different blueprint, and her major early-season target is next Saturday's Lady Angela, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

"It's still a question mark how far she could go right now," said Radlie Loney, who trains Blonde Executive for her owner and breeder, Bruno Brothers Farm. "Most of the horses she would have been running against were away training and would have an edge in conditioning. She's Ontario-sired and can make a comfortable living. She looks real good running Ontario-sired."

Blonde Executive, who wintered at the Bruno Brothers nearby farm in Bolton, Ontario, took advantage of her birthright at 2, winning three of seven starts and $196,328.

A daughter of Bold Executive and Dream Smartly, Blonde Executive became a stakes winner in the Victorian Queen, which was restricted to Ontario-sired fillies, and finished third in the six-furlong Fanfreluche for Canadian-breds.

Unable to locate a spot in which Blonde Executive could begin her campaign against her own age group, Loney ran her against some solid older mares under third-level allowance conditions here May 2. Blonde Executive responded with a 1 3/4-length win, finishing five furlongs in 58.10 seconds for a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 91.

"I honestly thought she could win the race," said Loney. "She doesn't mind who she runs against. She's very competitive when she goes to race. She fights every inch of the way; it's the only thing she knows. That's what makes her so special."

Blonde Executive faltered to finish fourth in her only previous try at the Lady Angela distance, which came in the Glorious Song here last Nov. 9, but Loney notes that race was her third in just over five weeks.

"I honestly think she'll get seven furlongs," said Loney.

A horse of a different color

Loney has a 2-year-old full brother to Blonde Executive in the barn, but you wouldn't know by looking.

Whereas Blonde Executive is a chestnut, her younger sibling, Main Executive, is distinctly black, despite his "dark bay or brown" official status.

Loney said Main Executive has the color of the dam, Dream Smartly, as does another son, Cool Selection, a 5-year-old gelding who is trained here by Sandy McPherson.

A winner of five races and $201,925 in his 20-start career, Cool Selection is slated to make his first start of the season in Sunday's seventh race, sporting a $40,000 claiming tag.

One for Rose may get going in Eclipse

One for Rose, owned by Tucci Stable and trained by Sid Attard, is slated to make her seasonal bow here in Monday's 1 1/16-mile Eclipse Handicap, where she would face males for the first time.

Canada's reigning champion in her division, One for Rose was entered main-track-only last weekend in a turf race that went as scheduled. The next appropriate spot was the 1 1/16-mile allowance prep for the $125,000 Ontario Matron, which is in the condition book for May 30.

If One for Rose had awaited that prep, and the race did not fill, she would have been cooling her heels until the Ontario Matron, also at 1 1/16 miles, on June 20.

Thus, the decision to run in the Eclipse, for which One for Rose has been weighted at 115 pounds.

The other probables for the Grade 3, $150,000 Eclipse, with weight assignments, are No Comprende (117), Rock Again (115), Mark One (114), Open Concert (113), and Hydrogen (111).

Rosa da Silva picks up first local win

Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva notched his first local winner Thursday, guiding Point Hidden to victory in the day's second race.

Rosa da Silva, 28, was born in Brazil and competed successfully there and in Macau before relocating to Canada this spring. He is represented by veteran jockey agent Fred Scott.

Streit to be Oaks drawmaster

Marlene Stewart Streit, who this April was named to the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be the honorary drawmaster for this year's Labatt Woodbine Oaks.

The Oaks draw will be held here at noon on Friday, June 11, here in the V.I.P. trackside tent.

Streit, the first Canadian to be inducted into the Hall, is the only golfer to have won the Australian, British, U.S., and Canadian amateur golf championships.