05/11/2008 11:00PM

Look for My List to stretch out


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - With her late-running victory in Sunday's 6 1/2-furlong Hendrie at Woodbine, My List has now won both of her races this year in come-from-the-clouds style, including a score here in the six-furlong Whimsical on April 20.

Trailing the field turning for home in the Hendrie, My List came flying under rider Eurico Rosa da Silva and was along in time to score by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths.

"Her performance really speaks for itself; you can just add a few exclamation points," said trainer Nick Gonzalez. "I had my doubts that she could make up so much ground. She just strides out so hard, and so long. She gives it all she's got."

Being a Kentucky-bred, My List's preferred options here are somewhat limited. The next open sprint stakes for the filly and mare division is the seven-furlong Seaway on Sept. 6.

My List, however, has been reasonably effective in two of three career starts around two turns, and Gonzalez is eyeing the $100,000 Hill 'n' Dale, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares here June 21.

"We'll give her a little break, and could try her there," said Gonzalez. "The timing would be perfect."

My List, 4, won the Bessarabian in her last start at 3 and has earned $533,265.

Stuck in Traffic will stick to sprints

Stuck in Traffic, whom Gonzalez trains for his wife and assistant, Martha, and the MAD Racing Stable, is off the Queen's Plate trail.

"He took his last race hard, and came back sick," said Gonzalez, who had sent out Stuck in Traffic to finish a well-beaten second in the seven-furlong Queenston after watching the gelding romp in the six-furlong Achievement. "Right now, he's turned out at the farm. He's just going to stick to sprinting. He's a good horse, with a chance to make a lot of money."

Stuck in Traffic's next target is the $125,000 Bold Ruckus, a six-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here June 11.

Shilla on target for Oaks

Shilla, a 3-year-old filly who accounted for the Gonzalez barn's two other stakes wins at the meeting when taking the five-furlong La Voyageuse and the seven-furlong Fury, is slated to make her next appearance in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks on June 8.

"We're going to have a nice, fresh horse for the Oaks," said Gonzalez, who also had nominated Shilla to Sunday's Selene, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. "I've got all the confidence in the world that she'll get two turns. She's not a big, robust filly, but she's good and healthy. She's doing great."

Main Executive proves he's fit now

When Main Executive is on his game, there aren't many better sprinters around these parts.

And, although Main Executive faltered to finish last of six when he made his seasonal debut in the 5 1/2-furlong allowance prep for the Jacques Cartier here April 6, he was back in business last Saturday with a front-running three-quarter-length win in the six-furlong New Providence.

"I think he came up a little short in his first race; I never got a chance to work him five-eighths," said Radlie Loney, who trains Main Executive, a homebred 6-year-old gelding. "He likes to train hard.

"I wasn't going in the Jacques Cartier but I used the prep, and that gave me more than a month to the New Providence."

Loney used that time to get three more works into Main Executive, with two five-furlong drills followed by a four-furlong breeze in 46.60 seconds under his new rider, Da Silva, on May 3.

"I told Eurico to get a good work into him," said Loney. "That set him up."

Loney also was thrilled with the New Providence performance of Cool Selection, a 9-year-old gelding who is a half-brother to Main Executive.

Cool Selection, making his first start of the season, was beaten just 1 1/4 lengths as the fourth-place finisher.

"I wanted to get a race into him before, but he took sick and was at the University of Guelph for five days," said Loney, referring to the nearby veterinary clinic.

With the next Ontario-sired sprint stakes, the 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton, not coming up until Aug. 6, Loney will be shopping for spots for Main Executive and Cool Selection.

Several Plate prospects work

With the $1 million Queen's Plate looming June 22, several leading locally-based prospects for the 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds worked here last weekend.

Giquere, coming off a second-place finish in the open Wando at 1 1/16 miles here April 25, drilled five furlongs Sunday in 59.20.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who will be Giquere's new rider, was aboard.

"He worked really well," said trainer Mike DePaulo. "He seemed to come out of that last race in good order."

Giquere is slated to run in Saturday's Marine, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

Cool Gator and Niagara Thunder both worked five furlongs on Saturday.

Danny Vella trains Cool Gator, who was clocked in 1:02.20 under jockey/exercise rider Schemlin Montoute.

"It was a nice, even work," said Vella.

Cool Gator started twice at Gulfstream, with his latest a fifth-place finish in the March 29 Florida Derby.

While he is nominated to the Marine, Vella said Cool Gator will await the Plate Trial, at 1 1/8 miles here June 1.

Trainer Alec Fehr is unsure of his next move with Niagara Thunder but was pleased with his colt's drill under jockey David Clark.

"It was a superb work," said Fehr. "He started five lengths behind a couple of horses and got a little bit of Poly in his face, to get some experience of that."

Niagara Thunder is coming off a third-place finish in the Wando, where he dueled for the lead with Giquere.

Fehr said that Clark would ride Niagara Thunder in his next race but that Javier Castellano has the mount for the Queen's Plate.