10/21/2003 11:00PM

Breeders' Cup Day cards offer wagering opportunities galore


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Woodbine doesn't have much of a Breeders' Cup contingent this year, the only locally based representatives being Perfect Soul and Soaring Free in the Mile.

But that won't stop the money from flowing freely here Saturday when Woodbine offers a host of Thoroughbred wagering opportunities, including simulcasts of the 12-race Breeders' Cup Day program from Santa Anita, the abbreviated cards from Belmont and Keeneland, and the full 10-race slate from Fort Erie - in addition to 11 live races.

Belmont will get the proceedings under way at 11 a.m., with first post at Woodbine scheduled for 11:39 a.m., and the Fort Erie opener set for 11:45 a.m. Keeneland starts at 12:30 p.m.

The first race at Santa Anita goes here at 12:40 p.m.; the second race and the first Breeders' Cup race, the Distaff, is scheduled for 1:20 p.m.

Wagering on the Santa Anita card here will include doubles on the first two and last two races; pick three's starting on the first, third, fifth, and seventh through 10th races; and Win 4's beginning on the second and sixth races.

Woodbine also will host the Canada-only version of the Breeders' Cup Pick Six, on races 4 through 9, with a mandatory payout.

Superfectas will be offered on the fourth (Mile), sixth (Filly and Mare Turf), eighth (Turf), and ninth (Classic) races.

The Woodbine card will include two Win 4's, beginning on races 3 and 7, and pick threes starting with races 1 and 2, 4 through 6, and 7 and 8.

Advance wagering for the Breeders' Cup and Woodbine cards will open at 3 p.m. Friday, although telephone account wagering on Woodbine will not be available until after 6 p.m. Friday

On Saturday, betting will open at 10:30 a.m. for the Breeders' Cup and Woodbine programs.

Sheila's Prospect: Fashion statement

Sheila's Prospect capped a banner campaign here last year by finishing a strong second in the Ontario Fashion and then becoming a stakes winner in the Grade 3 Bessarabian.

That win was Sheila's Prospect's fifth of the season and brought her 2002 earnings to $322,814 for owner K.K. Sangara and trainer Lorne Richards, who had claimed her for $50,000 here in the summer of 2001.

It has been a different story this year for Sheila's Prospect. The 5-year-old mare has yet to win and has made only four starts.

But Richards is hopeful that Sheila's Prospect again will finish off the year with a flourish, beginning with her second shot at the six-furlong Fashion here Saturday.

"She got kind of a late start this year, and things just didn't fall into place," said Richards. "There were limited opportunities, with her not being Canadian-bred and having run out of conditions.

"I had to run her on turf for the first time, just to get a race into her."

Sheila's Prospect ran well in that July 13 turf allowance, finishing second to fellow Fashion candidate Leading Role while making her third appearance of the season.

And while her connections had high hopes for Sheila's Prospect's next scheduled start, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race at Woodbine Aug. 15, she didn't run that day, as the fates intervened.

"That's the time she was the best she's been this year, when they canceled the races because of the power failure," said Richards.

Sheila's Prospect had been off for 12 weeks when she finally resurfaced in a six-furlong allowance prep for the Fashion, finishing fourth, beaten just 2 3/4 lengths.

"She seems to be on the right track," said Richards. "I think she'll do pretty good Saturday."

Blonde Executive one to beat

Blonde Executive is shaping up as the filly to beat here in Sunday's $150,000 Fanfreluche, where she will be seeking her fourth straight win and second consecutive stakes score for Bruno Brothers Farm, trainer Radlie Loney, and jockey Richard Dos Ramos.

But Paul Buttigieg, owner and trainer of Lit de Jimmy, believes his charge could be up to that challenge in the six-furlong Fanfreluche, which is for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies.

"I like my filly," said Buttigieg. "She's doing good."

Lit de Jimmy finished third, behind My Vintage Port and stakes winner La Grande Mamma, when debuting in the Muskoka, a seven-furlong yearling sales stakes Sept. 1.

In her next and most recent outing, here on Sept. 24, Lit de Jimmy was a comfortable winner after stalking the pace in a six-furlong maiden special under her regular rider, Gerry Olguin.

"This race has been a target for her since she won," said Buttigieg, who worked Lit de Jimmy five furlongs in 1:02.40 in preparation for the Fanfreluche on Oct. 14.

Following the Fanfreluche, Lit de Jimmy might go on to the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies here on Nov. 23.

"If she runs well in this one, I might give her a shot there," said Buttigieg. "Or, I might just turn her out."

My Vintage Port returns

My Vintage Port, who scored her second straight stakes win in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth here Oct. 12, will return in Wednesday's $125,000 South Ocean.

The Princess Elizabeth was for Canadian-bred 2-year-old fillies, whereas the South Ocean is for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles.

My Vintage Port has earned $271,176 for her trainer and co-owner, Ken Parsley, and his partner Richard Pettifer.