09/10/2002 12:00AM

Drysdale to send Nadia to E.P. Taylor


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Touch of the Blues, an unlucky fifth here in last Sunday's Atto Mile for trainer Neil Drysdale, will remain here until the end of the month along with assistant trainer Robert Guest and groom Gerardo Olvera.

"He'll stay here and train," said Guest, adding that Touch of the Blues probably will run next in Keeneland's Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile on Oct. 6.

Drysdale's Woodbine plan also involves the imminent arrival of Nadia, a 4-year-old filly whom he trains for Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum and whose target is the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes. The $750,000 E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares, will be run here Sept. 29.

"Neil wants to train up here," said Guest. "He's quite impressed with the turf training course."

Nadia has started just once in North America, finishing fifth in an allowance race over 1 3/8 miles of turf at Del Mar July 25.

But the filly was a Group 1 winner in France last year, capturing the Prix-Saint Alary at Longchamp, and finishing second in the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) at Chantilly.

Diadella itinerary is uncertain

Not only did Diadella suffer a heart-breaking defeat here in last Sunday's Canadian Handicap, but the filly's scheduled appearance in the E.P. Taylor Stakes also could be in jeopardy.

Diadella, owned by Stronach Stable, came out of the race a little stiff and sore, said trainer Malcolm Pierce.

"We're going to have to take our time," said Pierce.

"We're just monitoring her. Hopefully, she's going to be okay in three weeks."

Diadella, who was ridden by Todd Kabel, ran into traffic problems in the Canadian and her furious late rally left her a nose short of the winner, Calista, a U.S. invader trained by Christophe Clement.

"I thought she had a very, very rough trip down the backstretch," said Pierce. "She got checked up hard, twice. I have to think that sure ruined our chances."

Wake at Noon suffers heat stroke

Wake at Noon returned from a seven-week layoff to capture the allowance prep for the Grade 3 Highlander Handicap here last Sunday, a very hot and humid day, but came out of the race with heat stroke.

Trainer Abraham Katryan said Wake at Noon's condition was not serious.

"He needed that race," Katryan said. "He'll be tough next time."

Wake at Noon, a homebred 5-year-old, won three stakes here this spring and could clinch the Sovereign Award for sprinters with a victory in the $150,000 Highlander, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward. The Highlander will be run here Sept. 29, on the same card as the E.P. Taylor and Canadian International.

Runaway Love iffy for Highlander

Runaway Love, the other top sprinter in the Katryan barn, also will be nominated to the Highlander but is not a certain participant. He finished third in a six-furlong allowance Aug. 17 and then upset the 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton a week later.

"I gave him a little time, after those back-to-back races," said Katryan.

Runaway Love, owned by Martin Dinkin and Harry Pais, also won the Steady Growth at 1 1/16 miles here May 29.

Heyahohowdy works for La Prevoyante

Heyahohowdy worked five furlongs in 1:01 under regular rider Shane Ellis on the turf training course here last Sunday in preparation for this Sunday's $125,000 La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

"She breezed pretty well," said Norm DeSouza, who trains Heyahohowdy for S V G B Stable. "She was quite comfortable."

Heyahohowdy, a daughter of Domasca Dan, recorded her third straight victory and became a stakes winner in the seven-furlong Passing Mood, an Ontario Sire Stakes over seven furlongs of turf here July 17.

But the filly disappointed in her next start, finishing third in the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search on July 31.

"That was her third race in a month," said DeSouza. "I think she was a bit tired.

"Then she got sick, when the virus was going around. I kind of laid off her, to get her back to herself.

"She seems to be okay now; she's a lot happier, and everything. Hopefully, she'll be able to show her best Sunday."

Intoyourblues looks tough Thursday

Intoyourblues, disqualified from first in a recent Ontario-sired allowance, should be well backed to win at that level in here Thursday's sixth race.

Intoyourblues, named after a line in The Doors' song "L.A. Woman," showed nothing when she debuted for a $35,000 tag in a six-furlong dash on May 17.

She exhibited dramatic improvement two weeks later against Ontario-sired opposition, finishing third going 1 1/16 miles, but was a distant fifth in a subsequent open maiden special while earning her second straight Beyer Speed Figure in the mid-50's.

Trainer Scott Fairlie took over training Intoyourblues before her Aug. 5 maiden win at 6 1/2 furlongs. She set honest fractions and never looked back, scoring by 3 3/4 lengths while hanging up a 70 Beyer.

Intoyourblues pressed a slow pace before assuming command last time out, but had her number taken down for bearing in and impeding a rival who was trying to close along the rail in the stretch.

Todd Kabel picks up the mount on Intoyourblues, who will break from the inside post.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink