10/25/2010 11:39AM

Krz Exec looks to rebound in optional claimer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Things did not go Krz Exec’s way in a recent Ontario-sired stakes, and she’s certainly eligible to rebound in Wednesday’s seventh race at Woodbine. The second-level optional claimer for fillies and mares will be run over seven furlongs on the Polytrack, for a purse of $76,200.

Krz Exec, a 5-year-old trained by Mike DePaulo, won three restricted stakes during her formative years, two of which were on Polytrack. Her lone win in seven starts last year came in an optional claimer, but she was a minor player in several stakes.

Krz Exec had been idle for nine months when she wound up second behind favored Sugar Again in a seven-furlong optional claimer on the grass Sept. 5. Three weeks ago, in the 1 1/16-mile Classy ’N Smart Stakes, she was surprisingly sharp early and dueled through quick fractions before fading to trail the eight-horse field.

Krz Exec will compete with a $60,000 claiming tag here, with apprentice Omar Moreno along for the ride.

Dancing Raven is one of three 3-year-olds in the field, along with Gold Dust Lady and D’wild Beach.

Dancing Raven won her first two career starts in the spring, before ending up third in the Passing Mood Stakes. After narrowly losing the Aug. 21 Eternal Search Stakes, she captured the La Prevoyante Stakes over good field going a mile on the grass.

Dancing Raven is turning back off a flat fourth-place finish in the nine-furlong Carotene, another restricted stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Chantal Sutherland will get a leg up on her from trainer Mike Doyle.

Gold Dust Lady found the mark in her only seven-furlong attempt last fall, in an $80,000 maiden claimer on Keeneland’s Polytrack. She has been an in-and-outer this year and was triumphant over $50,000 3-year-olds in her latest.

D’wild Beach faded to sixth after flashing speed in both of her starts at this optional-claiming class, in August and September.

Retraceable is winless since her victory in the 2008 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, in which she defeated the 2009 Canadian champion 3-year-old filly, Milwaukee Appeal. She has been competitive at this level this year, which includes a half-length loss on the turf Oct. 11.

Luis Contreras, who led all local jockeys with nine wins last week, retains the mount on the Mark Casse-trained Retraceable.

Completing the field are Pretty Miss Trippi, Deeveetee, San Nicola Whiskey, and Sans Sousi.