06/29/2008 11:00PM

Main Executive looks long gone


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Main Executive should be dangerous as the lone speed in Wednesday’s featured sixth race, a six-furlong allowance that serves as the prep for the July 20 Bold Venture Stakes.

Main Executive, trained by Radlie Loney for Bruno Brother Farm, has been among Woodbine’s leading sprinters during the past several years. He had a subpar campaign in 2007, but managed to win the Aug. 5 Shepperton Stakes over his venerable older brother and stablemate Cool Selection.

Main Executive has started three times at the current meeting. He retreated in the stretch after failing to make the early lead in his season opener in allowance company, but he led throughout the six-furlong New Providence Stakes to prevail while receiving a 97 Beyer Figure.

“He’s a little bit more mature, but not much,” said Loney, who added that he had only trained Main Executive lightly for his 2008 debut. “He wasn’t quite ready. I didn’t get to even work him five-eighths.”

Main Executive reaffirmed his aversion for the grass most recently in the allowance prep for the Highlander Stakes, in which he set the pace for a half-mile before fading to finish well up the course.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva retains the mount on Main Executive, who has won 10 of 26 starts and $657,851.

Arlington shipper Connections ran twice here last fall, finishing third in the allowance prep for the Kennedy Road Stakes in his local debut. He mounted an eye-catching rally from nearly nine lengths back in the final furlong to take the Grade 3 Kennedy Road by a half-length Nov. 18.

Emma Wilson will get a leg up from trainer Mike Dini on Connections, who was a non-threatening fifth following a five-month absence in the June 1 Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs.

Legal Move captured the Oct. 28 allowance prep for the Kennedy Road, defeating Main Executive and Connections. Legal Move won his first two appearances at this meeting, including the six-furlong Jacques Cartier Stakes, before ending up second in the New Providence. The versatile 4-year-old is coming off a respectable third-place finish on the grass, and has worked twice leading up to this engagement.