04/05/2006 11:00PM

Main Executive prepping for stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Main Executive will take a four-race win streak into Saturday's Woodbine headliner, a five-furlong optional claimer worth $66,800.

Main Executive's only loss came in his debut last Aug. 5, when he blew a clear lead in deep stretch and wound up second. The winner, Are You Serious, evolved into one of the top 3-year-old sprinters on the grounds, and won the Kennedy Road Stakes in December.

Two weeks later, Main Executive graduated impressively, earning a 91 Beyer Speed Figure, then reeled off two successive triumphs in Ontario-sired allowance company. He capped last year's campaign with a determined score in an open entry-level allowance Nov. 11.

Main Executive spent the winter at owner Bruno Brothers Farm, and has prepped encouragingly this spring, according to trainer Radlie Loney.

"He's been training very good," Loney said. "He couldn't be doing any better. If he doesn't win, I won't be disappointed, as long as he runs a good race."

Loney said he plans on running Main Executive back in the May 13 New Providence Stakes, a six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired runners. He said he avoided running him in a stakes last year because he was hindered by shin problems.

"When you go in a stakes race, you have to be at 100 percent," Loney said. "He's a 4-year-old this year, and he's stronger. He's 100 percent sound now."

Main Executive has made all of his starts at distances from six to seven furlongs, but Loney said he has few qualms with shortening him up to five-eighths.

"I know he would want to go farther, but he has natural speed, and I don't think it will bother him that much," Loney said.

Main Executive blew out three furlongs from the gate Wednesday in 35.60 seconds, Loney said.

Richard Dos Ramos will ride Main Executive from post 3 in a nine-horse field.

Other contenders include Chris's Bad Boy and Just Rushing.

Chris's Bad Boy, Woodbine's six-furlong track record holder, had a quiet year in 2005, winning 1 of 9 starts and nearly $95,000. He switched trainers over the winter, going from Vito Armata to Francesca Armata.

Jono Jones retains the mount on 9-year-old Chris's Bad Boy, who will compete with a $62,500 claiming tag.

Just Rushing was claimed for a bargain $40,000 in November by trainer Sid Attard, who sent him out to win a six-furlong allowance Dec. 11. His two most recent works were both five-furlong bullets, and apprentice Emma-Jayne Wilson has the call.