10/04/2007 11:00PM

Main Executive out to rebound

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Main Executive lost a heartbreaker when he made his last start here in the Sept. 19 Overskate, as he dueled through a rapid early pace and just failed to fend off a rallying Dancer's Bajan.

On Sunday, Main Executive will look to re-establish his winning ways when he faces seven rivals in the $75,000 Mt. Sassafras, a seven-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-olds and upward here at Woodbine.

"He should run very well," said Radlie Loney, who trains the homebred Main Executive for Bruno Brothers. Farm. "It's not that far from his last race, and he came out of that in excellent shape. He hadn't run in quite a long time."

The Overskate, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward, was the first for Main Executive since he prevailed over the same type of restricted company in the 6 1/2-furlong Shepperton here on Aug. 5.

"Seven furlongs might be just a touch far for him, to carry his speed the way he really likes to run, but I don't think it will really bother him," said Loney. "He likes to run with horses."

Richard Dos Ramos retains the mount on Main Executive, who drew favorably in post 7.

Two stakes on holiday card

A stakes doubleheader is on tap for Monday, the final holiday card of the meeting, with seven 2-year-olds lining up for the Grade 3, $250,000 Grey and six Ontario-sired fillies and mares meeting in the $125,000 Classy 'n Smart.

Financingavailable will be the one to beat in the 1 1/16-mile Classy 'n Smart, and her chief rival should be London Snow, trained by John Charalambous.

London Snow, a 4-year-old owned by Kirk Bradden Racing Stable, won the Lady Angela on dirt and the La Prevoyante on turf here last year but will be seeking her first score on Polytrack.

"She did well on Polytrack last year," said Charalambous, noting that London Snow finished second last fall when facing fellow Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies in the seven-furlong Jammed Lovely and in the 1 1/16 mile Eternal Search.

"She's only had one start on it this year," he said, "and it was a poor track at that point - there was a lot of kickback. It was a lot different than it is now."

London Snow finished a well-beaten fifth in that Polytrack venture, which was her seasonal bow on April 27.

Returning to action almost three months later in an open one-mile turf allowance, London Snow finished second behind Vestrey Lady, a Kentucky-bred who won the Grade 3 Royal North in her next outing.

In two subsequent starts, both on turf, London Snow ended third behind Financingavailable in the Victoriana and fourth as the favorite when facing males in the Halton, a yearling sales stakes.

"After her first race back she had a virus, and missed some time," said Charalambous. "When I fired her back the third time, she might have been on the tail end of a downslide. But I've given her some time, and I'm really happy with her now."

Casse has pair for Grey

Mark Casse, the leading stakes-winning trainer at the meeting, will send out Turf War and Bonanza in the 1 1/16-mile Grey.

Turf War is the probable favorite for the Grey off his victory in the seven-furlong Swynford, while Bonanza will be a relative outsider after winning his maiden at seven furlongs last time out.

The Grey also attracted a pair of shippers in Saada, who is trained by Bill Mott, and Globetrotter, trained by Graham Motion.

Strong works for stablemates

Drunken Love and Yamana, another pair of 2-year-olds trained by Casse, both worked here on Friday morning in preparation for stakes races next weekend.

Drunken Love, who has been second in each of his three starts, is slated for the $125,000 Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired colts and geldings here on Saturday.

Yamana, a winner of his only outing, also is eligible for the Bull Page but is being considered for Sunday's $250,000 Cup and Saucer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Canadian-breds to which he would have to be supplemented at a cost of $6,000.

Drunken Love, with regular rider Patrick Husbands in the irons, breezed five furlongs on the main track in 1:01, going in company with stablemate Grat Substitution, who was clocked in 1:01.40.

Grat Substitution, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old colt, finished an encouraging fourth, beaten just 1 1/2 lengths, in his only appearance to date.

Yamana breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 on the turf training course under Husbands, going in company with older stablemate Steward Hill, a promising 3-year-old gelding who was timed in 1:02.20.

"They finished well," said Casse, noting that he had caught the pair covering their last quarter-mile in 23.20 seconds. "That's what I like to see," he said. "I was quite pleased."

Longchamp available via phone, Web

Woodbine will offer telephone and Internet wagering on four races from Longchamp on Sunday.

The action begins with the Prix de l'Opera at 10 a.m. local time and continues with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (10:40), the Prix du Cadran (11:25), and the Prix Hotel-Casino Barriere de Lille (12:05).

All four races will be shown live on Woodbine's HPI television network.

Wilson invited to Hong Kong

Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson has been invited to participate in the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship, which will be held at Hong Kong's Happy Valley Racecourse on Dec. 5.

Agent Mike Luider said he and Wilson planned to leave for Hong Kong after the Dec. 2 card here and would be back the following weekend for the end of the Woodbine meeting.

Women the focus of club event

The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its annual "Ladies Night" beginning at 7:30 p.m. here Wednesday in the third-floor Champions area.

Scheduled head-table guests include handicapper Jennifer Morrison and trainers Catherine Day Phillips and Debbie England.