09/19/2003 12:00AM

Maidens abound in Juvenile


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Woodbine trainer Abraham Katryan entered undefeated San Diego Blowout in Sunday's $75,000 Juvenile Stakes at Fort Erie. But San Diego Blowout is cross-entered in Woodbine's $134,250 Swynford Stakes on the same day, and is not likely to make the trip to the Fort.

A San Diego Blowout no-show would leave the Juvenile with eight runners - seven maidens and one one-time winner, The Old Hero.

The six-furlong Juvenile is restricted to 2-year-old colts or geldings who were offered at one of Woodbine's open yearling sales or 2-year-olds in training sales. The Juvenile is the last stakes of the meeting, which ends on Nov. 11.

Daniel Boudreau will make his first stakes appearance, riding The Old Hero.

Original One back in Simms's barn

Original One, named Fort Erie's top male distance runner last year, is back in the barn of John Simms, who trained him in 2001 and 2002.

Tom Grimes, a Simms client, claimed the one-eyed horse for $14,000 Sept. 6. "Jackie," as the horse is affectionately nicknamed, won five races in each of the two years with Simms.

At the beginning of this year, however, Original One was moved to another barn and has been winless in eight starts since.

"I won't be looking for a race for him immediately," said Simms, who admits that he is sentimental over the one-eyed runner. "It will take a month to get him on the program I had him on before. Hopefully, it will turn him around.

"I don't think it's an ailment problem or anything," he added. "I think that my style may just have suited the horse."

Meanwhile, Simms, who is fourth in the standings here, has sent four runners to Thistledown this week.

"They are bottom claimers," he said. "I have no place to go with them here. I send them out in good order, and they have been running their eyeballs out. But they are getting beat by horses that are dropping down."

Three of the ship-outs - Bookle Bo, Unreal Rapids, and Check My Pulse - belong to Bruno Schickedanz, who has been the leading owner at the Fort for each of the past six years. Shafeera, with Simms listed as the owner, won his maiden for $3,500 at Thistledown Thursday.

"Basically, we are looking at the possibilities of setting up a second string in Cleveland next year," Simms said.

New Fort Erie radio show

Robert Saviola, who hosted a live five-hour race-day show from Fort Erie on Saturdays in July and August over Buffalo, N.Y. radio station WHLD 1270 AM, will air a new show starting this week.

The one-hour program will air at 9 a.m. on the same station, Mondays and Tuesdays until the end of the meet. Saviola will work the show with his partner, Joe Morano.

"It will be a prerace show on that afternoon's card," Saviola said. "We will give the latest changes and the track conditions. There will an in-depth analysis for each race, plus selections."