08/24/2008 11:00PM

Krz Exec hasn't been rushed


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Krz Exec will put her four-race win streak on the line Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile route for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Krz Exec woke up when she went long for the first time in her fourth start, winning a slowly run maiden special last October. She doubled up in the South Ocean Stakes in November, and then capped her 2-year-old campaign with a victory in another restricted 1 1/16-mile stakes, the Ontario Lassie.

Krz Exec made her belated seasonal bow on the grass July 6, in the 6o1/2-furlong Ontario Damsel Stakes, in which she stalked a hotly contested speed duel before sticking her neck in front at the wire.

Trainer Mike DePaulo said he didn't anticipate such a strong comeback effort from Krz Exec.

"She had been training well, and it was just a matter of getting a race into her, because she was feeling good," said DePaulo. "I was just hoping that she'd get a piece of it. She had never run on the grass, and had never won sprinting before. She's pretty tough. She doesn't win by too much, but she gets there."

Fearing a bounce, DePaulo said he decided to bypass the July 23 Passing Mood Stakes with Krz Exec.

"I thought it would be a little too quick back off of that big race," said DePaulo. "She had run a new top, Beyer-wise, and it was her first start of the year. I think I did the right thing."

Authenicat and Nicki Knew are the other obvious protagonists in the Eternal Search.

Authenicat participated in the first two legs of this year's Canadian triple tiara, finishing third in the Woodbine Oaks and second in the Bison City Stakes. She cut back to seven furlongs last time out in the Passing Mood, and ran away from the field in the stretch en route to an easy victory.

Authenicat breezed five-eighths in a sizzling 57.60 seconds Aug. 11, and should be prominent from the outset.

Nicki Knew mounted a wide rally to win her first stakes in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City. She came up empty in her first turf start in the July 26 Wonder Where Stakes, the closing leg of the tiara, a series for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Critical Path, who has won two consecutive allowance routes, and outsider Lady d'Wildcat complete the field.