10/09/2005 11:00PM

Main Executive tough to get past


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Main Executive, the once-beaten full brother to Grade 3 stakes winner Blonde Executive, should be the prohibitive favorite in Wednesday's Woodbine headliner, a six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired runners.

Main Executive, a 3-year-old trained by Radlie Loney, did not debut until Aug. 5, when he set quick fractions before ending up second in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special. He was favored next time out against Ontario-sired maiden opposition and won by 7 1/2 lengths, earning a whopping Beyer Speed Figure of 92 for completing six furlongs over a lightning-fast track in 1:08.80.

Most recently, on Sept. 18 in a seven-furlong allowance for nonwinners of two, Main Executive pressed the pace en route to a comfortable victory, for which he received a Beyer Figure of 88.

Blonde Executive, who was voted the Sovereign Award as last year's champion sprinter, won five stakes and $610,591 before being retired last summer. She was considerably more precocious than Main Executive, and they possess different personalities, according to Loney.

Blonde Executive "was all business," said Loney, who called Main Executive "more laid back - when you ask him to do something, he does it."

Main Executive drilled five-eighths in 1:00 over the training track on Oct. 2, which was the fastest of 13 works at the distance.

"He's in good shape," said Loney, who will give jockey Richard Dos Ramos a leg up on Main Executive.

The feature, for nonwinners of three, also includes Jolie Ben Fabie, Irish Gambit, and Marco Be Good.

Jolie Ben Fabie took his second-to-last start, a seven-furlong allowance for nonwinners of two, convincingly over next-out winner Divine Touch. He never fired last time in a turf allowance, when the one-mile distance may have been beyond his range.

Jolie Ben Fabie, a full brother to restricted stakes winner Sports Flashy, will be ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva. Earl Barnett trains Jolie Ben Fabie, a 4-year-old.

Irish Gambit sprung a 25-1 upset when he rallied from left field to beat $20,000 nonwinners of two in a quick clocking Sept. 5. Two weeks ago, he was in a six-furlong allowance, which was taken off the grass, and finished a fast-closing second after getting away slowly.

Robert Landry replaces the injured Robbie King Jr. on Irish Gambit, who is trained by Anne Cameron.

Marco Be Good won two consecutive Ontario-sired races in July, including a two-turn allowance. He helped set the pace over soft turf before fading to fourth in the restricted Vice Regent Stakes in August, and was recently seventh in an open allowance sprint on the main track.