10/07/2004 11:00PM

'Howdy' won't be 35-1 again


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Heyahohowdy ran surprisingly well in her last start, the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap here, finishing third as a 35-1 outsider behind the E.P. Taylor Stakes-bound Classic Stamp and Inish Glora.

Heyahohowdy is nominated to the Oct. 24 Taylor, too, but her first order of business is Sunday's Belle Geste Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Canadian-bred fillies and mares.

A field of seven will contest the Belle Geste, which offers a purse of $104,000.

"I think she ran a super race last time," said Abraham Katryan, who conditions Heyahohowdy for the Kelynack Racing Stable of Glenn Harvey.

"We tried to let her do her own thing - let her go early, and not take hold of her. She likes to run up front."

Heyahohowdy, a 5-year-old who has won 7 of 23 starts and $605,833, won last year's Belle Geste by a neck over Inish Glora, who was subsequently voted Canada's champion turf filly or mare.

Ray Sabourin, who rode Heyahohowdy for the second time in the 1 1/8-mile Canadian after riding her to victory here in the 1 1/2-mile Flaming Page last September, retains the mount for the Belle Geste.

Mona Rose, who upset Inish Glora here this July in the 1 1/8-mile Dance Smartly, failed to fire when fifth in the Canadian but is the filly to fear most in the Belle Geste as she makes her first start with Lasix.

"It wasn't a bad race," said trainer Earl Barnett of Mona Rose's race in the Canadian, "but I thought she'd have more of a kick.

"We scoped her after, and there were traces of blood and mucus. The vet said the mucus itself would have been enough to slow her down. We worked her on Lasix, and she accepted that extremely well."

Regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva will return aboard Mona Rose, a 4-year-old who has won 4 of 11 starts and $303,844.

Classic Stamp, Inish Glora prep

Classic Stamp and Inish Glora both tuned up for the Oct. 24 Taylor with the dogs well out on a firm training track turf course Thursday morning.

Apprentice jockey Emma Wilson was aboard Classic Stamp, who worked a mile in 1:40.40.

"That will keep her fit; we'll blow her out a bit a week before the race," said Classic Stamp's trainer, Cliff Hopmans.

Inish Glora, with regular rider Todd Kabel in the irons, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20.

"That was good enough," said trainer Mac Benson. "If she ain't fit now, she ain't never going to be fit."

Friday, Woodbine released the lists of nominees for the $750,000 E.P. Taylor and the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International, which also will be run Oct. 24. Both turf races offer Grade 1 status.

There were 38 fillies and mares nominated to the 1 1/4-mile Taylor. The 1 1/2-mile International, for 3-year-olds and upward, attracted 47 nominees.

Maiden takes shot at Grade 2 Grey

Trainer Arthur Silvera always has thought highly of Criminal Mind, a Florida-bred 2-year-old colt.

Silvera will put that faith to the test on Monday when he runs Criminal Mind, who is a maiden after three starts, here in the Grade 2, $250,000 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Criminal Mind is not Breeders' Cup eligible and cannot share in the BC-funded $75,000 portion of the Grey purse. But after being purchased for $11,000 as a yearling by Silvera's father, Laurie Silvera, Criminal Mind already has multiplied his worth.

"He's going into a race where the distance should be right up his alley," said Silvera. "I just hope we get some kind of racing luck and have a good trip."

Criminal Mind debuted here June 26 in the five-furlong Victoria Stakes, where he ended seventh under regular rider Constant Montpellier.

"Ideally, I knew he was going to be a stretch-out horse," said Silvera. "I took a shot in the dark in the Victoria. The rider kind of held him together, and he didn't start getting under way until they passed the wire."

Following the Victoria, Criminal Mind spent a month on the farm while Silvera waited for the 2-year-old races to lengthen.

On Aug. 21, Criminal Mind returned in a seven-furlong maiden special, where he closed nicely to finish second, beaten three-quarters of a length.

In his most recent start on Sept. 19, Criminal Mind contested a mile and 70-yard maiden special and again ended second, beaten 2 1/4 lengths after rallying from eighth place.

"I really don't think he should still be a maiden," said Silvera. "In the seven-furlong race he was shuffled back and had traffic problems. And in his last race he had the 10-hole, which was kind of a disaster.

"For a 2-year-old to overcome obstacles, and finish strong - I like that a lot."

Silvera has another promising Florida-bred 2-year-old colt in Kruel Intention, an impressive winner of a six-furlong maiden special here Oct. 2.

Owned by Larry Spindler, Kruel Intention was making his second lifetime start after finishing second to the promising Dr. Meatball in his debut at the same distance.

There are no stakes on the schedule here for Kruel Intention, and Silvera is considering the $50,000 Finger Lakes Juvenile, a six-furlong race on Oct. 23.