09/30/2004 11:00PM

'Blonde' hails from hearty stock


With only two months left in the Ontario Thoroughbred season, Sovereign Awards are on the line for the country's best racehorses, and one filly who rates a great deal of respect is the exciting Blonde Executive.

A Bruno Brothers Farm homebred, the 3-year-old Blonde Executive has only lost once in six starts in 2004 and became the first graded stakes winner for her owners, John and Don Bruno, in the Aug. 21 Duchess Stakes, a Grade 3, seven-furlong main-track event.

As impressive as her Duchess score was, Blonde Executive came right back on Sept. 26 to gamely win the one-mile La Prevoyante Stakes on the grass after a race-long duel with Financingavailable.

It was the eighth career win in 13 starts for Blonde Executive, whose earnings rose to $610,591.

What makes Blonde Executive so tough may be her hearty pedigree - the blending of the Raise a Native line through her sire, Bold Executive, and a Smarten mare.

One of Canada's most outstanding runners of all time, Dance Smartly, is the product of a Smarten mare, Canadian Oaks winner Classy 'n Smart, the Sovereign Award-winning broodmare in 1991.

While Dance Smartly was sired by Northern Dancer's son Danzig, Classy 'n Smart also produced three other stakes winners, all by the Raise a Native stud Mr. Prospector. Among them was Grade 1 winner and promising young sire Smart Strike.

This year's Pennsylvania Derby winner, Love of Money, who was scheduled to start in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup against Funny Cide, is also by a Raise a Native-line sire (Not for Love) and out of a Smarten mare.

Blonde Executive's dam, Dream Smarty, raced just once and was unplaced, but her dam, Durham's Dream, a daughter of Coronation Futurity winner Lord Durham, was stakes placed and won 11 races.

The Bruno brothers have also had success with the mare Classic Annie, a half-sister to Durham's Dream by Dom Alaric who has produced several good winners.

John and Don Bruno, who have raced horses on the Ontario circuit for about two decades, have a 2-year-old full brother to Blonde Executive named Main Executive, and a yearling full brother to their star filly.

As for Bold Executive, the sire had a slim lead over Whiskey Wisdom for Canada's leading sire by progeny earnings through Oct. 1. The 20-year-old stallion, who stands at Gardiner Farms in Caledon East, has sired 36 winners and 4 stakes winners for earnings of $2,089,907.

A Deelightful Mazarine

Another filly from a smaller-scale breeding operation who could strike big at the Sovereign Awards is Robert Harvey's 2-year-old homebred Dancehall Deelites. A daughter of Afternoon Deelites, Dancehall Deelites is the third foal of Harvey's fast mare Dancehall Floozy.

This is the first offspring of Dancehall Floozy, a daughter of Paramount Jet, that Harvey has kept. He sold a Glitterman colt from the mare four years ago for $220,000 to Eugene Melnyk, and a Wild Rush colt, named Carrol County, was traded about three times at auction.

Dancehall Deelites will be favored in Sunday's Grade 2 Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine, and a victory would go a long way toward her chances at a championship.