10/06/2004 11:00PM

'Bourbon' far better when it's cool

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The 2-year-old Wholelottabourbon will go for his third stakes win of the meet in Saturday's Bull Page.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The once-beaten Wholelottabourbon will try to win his third stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $131,625 Bull Page, a six-furlong event for Ontario-sired male 2-year-olds.

Wholelottabourbon, a $5,500 yearling purchase by trainer Nick Gonzalez, has banked $207,255 in four starts. After capturing his debut in June, he finished second to New York invader Flamenco in the five-furlong Victoria Stakes.

Wholelottabourbon led throughout his next start, in the six-furlong Colin Stakes. Last time out, in the 6 1/2-furlong Silver Deputy Stakes, he rated just off the pace before taking control on the turn, and prevailed by a length while earning a 68 Beyer Figure, which wasn't close to the 82 he received for his Colin triumph.

According to Gonzalez, Wholelottabourbon had an excuse for running the final half-furlong in a slow 7.20 seconds in the Silver Deputy.

"He looked like he was getting tired, but he's just one of those horses who's never done any good in the heat," Gonzalez explained. "Even though we didn't have that hot a summer, I'm surprised that he did as good as he did. He was doing better early in the spring, and he seems to be doing better again now that it's cooled off. That's why I'm looking forward to these next few races."

David Clark inherits the mount on Wholelottabourbon from Francine Villeneuve, who has departed for Florida.

Olympia Fields is the other chief contender in the seven-horse Bull Page lineup.

Trained by Mike Mareina, Olympia Fields was second in his debut, and then won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired runners July 29.

Most recently, in the seven-furlong Simcoe Stakes for graduates of local yearling sales, Olympia Fields pressed the pace before giving way to favored Moonshine Justice.

After the Simcoe, owner Kuehne Racing sold Olympia Fields to a partnership which includes Barry Weisbord.

Mareina has lots of admiration for Olympia Fields, and is hoping that the son of Alydeed will develop into a contender for next year's Queen's Plate.

"He lays it down every time he goes out there," Mareina said. "In his first start, he put away the horse that he needed to put away, but another horse came out of nowhere and caught him by surprise. He won his next race easily, and then ran his guts out against [Moonshine Justice]."

Olympia Fields was entered and scratched from the Sept. 25 Swynford Stakes, a race Mareina won with What's Up Dude, the probable favorite in Monday's Grade 2 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes.

"I thought my other horse could win the [Swynford], so why run two good horses against each other?" Mareina said.

Two in row for Simply Lovely

Simply Lovely won her second straight stakes with authority here Wednesday night in the $134,500 Victorian Queen for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Simply Lovely broke alertly from the inside post under Steven Bahen, who put her on the lead and into the three-path along the backstretch of the six-furlong sprint. She set fractions of 22.28 and 45.69 seconds before drawing off in the stretch for a 7 1/2-length victory.

Wisdomisgold rallied to best 2-1 favorite Coastal Fortress by three-quarters of a length for second in the nine-horse field. The final time was 1:11.97.

"She had trained good into this race, and ran dynamite," Bahen said. "Going three-quarters from the 1-hole, you have to get out and get off that rail."

Simply Lovely ($7.50) banked $80,700 for owner Rocco Marcello. She captured the seven-furlong Muskoka Stakes in her previous outing and has won 2 of 3 starts for earnings of $173,700.

Trainer Bob Tiller said Simply Lovely will make her next start in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile event for Canadian-bred fillies here Oct. 23.

Woodbine asks for similar dates

Woodbine has applied for 167 live Thoroughbred racing dates in 2005, the same number as this year.

The Ontario Racing Commission released the 2005 applications for live Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse dates on Wednesday evening.

The submission deadline for comments from the industry is Oct. 15. The ORC has scheduled Oct. 28 as a tentative date for any applications for which a hearing is required.

Woodbine's request is to open on Good Friday, April 8, and then race on Saturdays and Sundays until adding Fridays to the schedule on a regular basis on April 29.

Wednesdays would be added May 4 and Thursdays on June 1, with no racing on the four Thursdays that follow holiday Monday cards. The meeting would end Dec. 11.

Fort Erie, which scheduled just 81 days this year and closed Sept. 6 in order to accommodate a resurfacing of the main track, has requested a 108-day meeting for 2005.

Fort Erie would open Sunday, May 1, and race Saturdays through Mondays until adding Tuesdays on May 24. There also would be a Friday, July 1, holiday program and the meeting would end Oct. 31.

* The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its regular monthly meeting here Wednesday, beginning at 8 p.m. in the second-floor International Room.

- additional reporting by Bill Tallon