09/23/2004 11:00PM

'Blonde' goes for another stakes win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Blonde Executive ran them off their feet last time out, winning the Grade 3 Duchess Stakes in one of the gamest efforts in recent Woodbine history. She will try to notch her fourth stakes of the meeting in Sunday's $132,250 La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Blonde Executive won the Lady Angela Stakes in May before ending up fourth against older foes in the Ballade Stakes. She subsequently showed a fondness for the grass in the seven-furlong Passing Mood Stakes, leading all the way as the 124-pound highweight.

In the seven-furlong Duchess, Blonde Executive fought off two challenges on the lead while setting rapid fractions, and then held off a closing Silver Bird for a neck victory. Trainer Radlie Loney said he anticipated such a performance, which put her in contention for this year's Sovereign Award as champion 3-year-old filly.

"We knew she was going into the race in excellent shape," Loney said. "She seemed like a different horse after the Passing Mood, like she had completely matured. I wasn't concerned about the other speed. The only thing I was concerned about was if she would have enough left to hold off Silver Bird. When Silver Bird came up to her, she wouldn't let her go by."

Loney believes the La Prevoyante distance is within his filly's range. "I'm a little concerned about going a mile, but I think she'll get it," Loney said. "It looks like she's the only speed."

Loney was content with the way Blonde Executive worked three-quarters of a mile around the dogs in 1:16 over the turf training course Sept. 3. Jockey Richard Dos Ramos was aboard for the move.

Bay Sweetie Babe, a late-blooming daughter of Archers Bay, could round out the exactor. She was fourth the only time she tried the grass, in the Wonder Where Stakes, and was recently second in another restricted stakes, the Eternal Search.

Trainer Danny O'Callaghan feels Bay Sweetie Babe is equally adept on either surface, and he is pleased with her current status.

"I'm very happy with the way she's coming into the race," O'Callaghan said. "I've tried to put a little speed into her, and she's coming into it sharp."

O'Callaghan acknowledged that his charge may have a hard time to trying to collar Blonde Executive, should that one get an easy lead.

"The only thing I can hope to do is to run her down," he said.