08/30/2002 12:00AM

Hattiesburg in the hunt for Seaway


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It has been a long time since owner Nelson Bunker Hunt's fabled green colors adorned a runner at Woodbine.

Hunt, who won the Grade 1 Canadian International three times in the 1970's - with Dahlia, Youth, and Exceller - will be represented by Kentucky shipper Hattiesburg in Sunday's $136,500 Seaway Stakes.

Hattiesburg, a closer trained by Tom Amoss, won six of 12 starts in 2001, but is winless in six starts at five different tracks this year. She ran third at seven furlongs in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs on May 4, and has been second or third in each of her three subsequent starts, all at six furlongs.

Woodbine's leading rider, Patrick Husbands, has the mount.

Also entered in the seven-furlong dash for fillies and mares are Sheila's Prospect, El Prado Essence, Elektraline, Feathers, Quick Blue, and Extend.

Quick Blue, based at Monmouth Park with trainer Linda Rice, has made two successful Ontario raids. She won the 2001 Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie, and the Grade 3 Royal North Handicap here on turf in her last outing.

Quick Blue, who seemingly does her optimum running on the lead, should have some company there Sunday from Elektraline.

El Prado Essence had a productive spring campaign for trainer Audre Cappuccitti, winning the Grade 3 George C. Hendrie Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs, and placing in two other stakes. She has not run since finishing second to Devastating in the June 23 Sweet Briar Too Stakes.

El Prado Essence worked five furlongs in a bullet 58.80 seconds on Aug. 5, and breezed six furlongs in 1:16.20 over the training track on Aug. 18. Cappuccitti said she took jockey Todd Kabel off El Prado Essence for her last work, "because he had worked her a little too fast the time before." Kabel is named to ride El Prado Essence Sunday

Added Edge the likely choice

Added Edge should be favored in Sunday's other stakes, the $108,000 Silver Deputy, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds.

Added Edge, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88 in winning his Aug. 8 debut, is held in high regard by trainer Mark Casse.

"I hadn't trained him very hard for his first start," Casse said. "He had been up here for less than a month, and had only breezed a couple of five-eighths. I was a little concerned that he'd get tired, but he really impressed me."

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