04/17/2003 11:00PM

'Deputy' set to deliver better effort

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Deputy Cures Blues, fourth when she came off the shelf in the Star Shoot Stakes, will hook much weaker opposition Sunday at Woodbine in the $130,875 Lady Angela Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Deputy Cures Blues was 22-1 against such horses as Hour of Justice and Handpainted two weeks ago in the Star Shoot. She attended rapid fractions set by eventual winner Winter Garden, and was beaten about five lengths after tiring in the stretch.

Scotty McCulloch, who took over the training of Deputy Cures Blues this year, said she wasn't cranked up for the Star Shoot.

"I used the Star Shoot to get her ready for this race," McCulloch said. "Even though she finished fourth, I thought it was one of her better races. She had never run that fast before - 22 and 44 - and just got a little tired."

McCulloch is hoping for a less aggressive approach from Deputy Cures Blues on Sunday.

"I would like her to sit three or four lengths off the pace, and make a run down the stretch," McCulloch said. "She's coming around great. She's right on top of her game."

Deputy Cures Blues won her first two starts at 2, and completed her campaign by finishing second in three consecutive restricted stakes.

Also entered in the seven-furlong Lady Angela are Piersixer, Regal 'n Bold, Santerra, Stop Looking, Macdashi, and Glory Royale.

Regal 'n Bold turned heads when she won her second 2-year-old outing by nearly 12 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90. Two weeks later she finished fourth in the Victorian Queen Stakes, then she was put away for the year by trainer Reade Baker.

"She bucked her shin in her last [2-year-old] race," Baker said. "Even though it was very minor, it did stop her."

Regal 'n Bold won her season opener in a five-furlong allowance after pressing the pace along the rail. She should be prominent from the outset here in her first attempt beyond six furlongs.

Santerra captured two restricted stakes in 2002, the seven-furlong Muskoka and the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean. She hasn't seen action since she finished fourth as the favorite in the Nov. 24 Ontario Lassie Stakes, and may require a race or two to get back in the zone.

Stop Looking is coming off a third-place finish in her first start of the year in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance. She isn't out of her league with these from a Beyer Figure standpoint.

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