06/19/2007 11:00PM

Former Plate runners return


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - In keeping with this week's main theme, a couple of participants on Friday's card here at Woodbine bring Queen's Plate experience into their respective events.

Hot Deputy, a distant ninth in last year's Queen's Plate, will be one of the choices when he makes his second start of the season in the $44,900 opening race, a 1 1/16-mile $40,000 claimer for nonwinners of three.

Following the Queen's Plate, Hot Deputy was away from the races for 11 months before returning to action here May 27 with a second-place finish versus $40,000 nonwinners of three at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Hot Deputy is trained by Sid Attard, who will send out this year's Queen's Plate favorite Jiggs Coz.

In the featured $73,500 seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile second-level allowance with an optional claiming clause of $62,500, Ablo will be seeking his first win since the 2005 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie. Ablo had come into the Prince of Wales off a fifth-place finish in the Queen's Plate.

Trained by Roger Attfield, who also is an owner along with Bill Werner and Mickey Canino, Ablo has made six starts since the Prince of Wales and is returning from an absence of more than a year.

Attfield will send out the maiden Include Us in this year's Queen's Plate.

Some of the more attractive candidates in Friday's feature include That's an Outrage and High Volt Jolt.

That's an Outrage appeared to be taking a big edge when he romped in a $40,000 conditioned claimer in his local debut for Terry Jordan. He was haltered that day and comes back for owner Albert Sanges and trainer Noel Randall.

High Volt Jolt, claimed for $77,500 from a third-place finish in his seasonal bow April 29, finished fifth when entered for a $100,000 tag in an optional claiming sprint in his first start for trainer Reade Baker and Bear Stable.

On Friday, High Volt Jolt gets in under the $62,500 claiming clause and will appreciate the stretch out.

Executive Flight seeks third straight

Executive Flight, undefeated in two starts this season, will be looking for the hat trick in Saturday's $125,000 Ballade Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

"Mechanics-wise, she's improved this year," said Darwin Banach, who trains Executive Flight for owner-breeder Bill Sorokolit. "She's a horse with some throat issues, and she's learned how to deal with her breathing better."

Although she has won 7 of 16 career starts and has placed in four stakes, Executive Flight will be looking for her first stakes success in the Ballade.

"She runs her eyeballs out every time you take her over there," Banach said. "Any surface, any distance - she just goes and gives her all."

Executive Flight displayed her versatility by opening up her 4-year-old campaign with an impressive 6 1/2-furlong win under third-level allowance conditions April 27 and following up with a sharp score in the mile and 70-yard allowance prep for the Nassau on May 18.

That prep was taken off the turf and Executive Flight was not even nominated to the June 2 Nassau, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, with the Ballade having been preordained as her next target.

"She's so manageable in her races," Banach said. "She has lots of speed, but we've found in her last few starts that a stalking position suits her best.

"We're on track. She's doing very well."

Executive Flight breezed five furlongs in 1:05 here last Sunday, a move Banach saw as more typical than her four-furlong breeze in 47.60 seconds six days earlier.

"She's normally not a big work horse," Banach said.

Sky Conqueror resumes training

Sky Conqueror, the Banach and Sorokolit stable star, had his first breeze Monday since he was scratched from Belmont's Grade 1 Manhattan on June 9 after tying up the previous day. With jockey Jono Jones in the irons, Sky Conqueror went in 1:01.40 on the main track.

"We took a blood sample after he got back," Banach said. "Everything's normal."

Sky Conqueror, who became a Grade 1 winner in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 5, now is slated to make his next appearance in the Grade 2, $300,000 King Edward Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward here July 2.

The King Edward is shaping up as a showdown between local stalwarts Sky Conqueror and Jambalaya, who became a Grade 1 winner in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup over 1o3/8 miles of turf on Feb. 24.

Jambalaya, owned and trained by Catherine Day-Phillips, doubled up in the Grade 3 Pan American over 1 1/2 miles of grass at Gulfstream on March 31 and will be making his first start since then in the King Edward.

Javier Castellano, who rode Jambalaya to both of his Gulfstream wins and was aboard Sky Conqueror at Churchill, has given a call to Day-Phillips for Jambalaya in the King Edward.

Free handicapping session

Jennifer Morrison will host a free morning workout session here Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the trackside tent. Morrison's guest will be Mark Casse, last year's Sovereign Award-winning trainer.

Topics to be discussed will include the use of workouts in handicapping and a look at the Queen's Plate and other upcoming features.