05/30/2004 11:00PM

No Oaks for Blonde Executive


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The connections of Blonde Executive and My Vintage Port had different perspectives heading into Saturday's Lady Angela Stakes.

Both Blonde Executive and My Vintage Port are Canadian-bred and Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, but Blonde Executive's first major target this year was the Lady Angela, while My Vintage Port had an eye on the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks on June 13.

The Lady Angela result was satisfactory to both camps, as Blonde Executive drew off to a 6 1/4-length victory in the seven-furlong feature, while My Vintage Port finished well to end up a clear second.

Blonde Executive, owned and bred by Bruno Brothers Farm and trained by Radlie Loney, recorded her second win in as many starts this season in the Lady Angela after defeating older fillies and mares in a third-level optional claiming race here May 29.

"I think she's the best of the Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies I've seen," said Loney. "She goes over there with one intention, to run every time. But I didn't think she'd run that fast."

Blonde Executive, who blew the Lady Angela wide open at the head of the stretch, finished in 1:22.97 and earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

"Once she's in front and she hears something coming, that's when she really accelerates," said Loney, who said he has no regrets over the fact that Blonde Executive is not nominated to the 1 1/8-mile Oaks.

"The Oaks wasn't her on her agenda," said Loney. "I always wondered how far she would go. Seven furlongs was not a problem, and judging by the way she ran Saturday, I see no reason why she couldn't get a mile and a sixteenth."

Blonde Executive could make her next appearance here June 26 in the $100,000 Apelia, a six-furlong race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. The race is an overnight stakes and is not guaranteed to go.

Another option would be the $125,000 Ballade, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares, 3 and up, here on June 30.

My Vintage Port was making her third start of the season in the Lady Angela, coming off a distant third-place finish behind probable Oaks rivals Eye of the Sphynx and Silver Bird in the seven-furlong Fury.

"I was thrilled by her performance," said Ken Parsley, who trains My Vintage Port and is her co-owner in partnership with Rick Pettifer.

"I thought she ran a very nice race," Parsley said. "Our main goal was to get a nice prep for the Oaks. She did that, and she galloped out good."

Cut and Shoot looks good in stakes

Cut and Shoot impressed in his first stakes appearance of the season here Saturday, scooting to a 2 3/4-length victory in the $106,000 Afleet.

Owned by Stonerside Stable and trained by Mark Casse, Cut and Shoot won his only start as a 2-year-old here in August and was an impressive first-level allowance winner when he returned to action May 1.

"He showed a lot of talent last year," said Casse.

"We had him ready to run early and thought we were going to do really well with him, but he pulled his hamstring," Casse said. "After he won in August, the hamstring was bothering him a little bit, so we put him away for the winter."

Cut and Shoot is a Canadian-bred, but Casse and John Adger, Stonerside's racing and breeding manager, opted to forgo a Queen's Plate quest.

"We could have supplemented him," said Casse. "We chose just not to take that path and kind of set up a little program."

That program calls for Cut and Shoot to make his next start in the $150,000 Achievement Handicap, a six-furlong race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here on July 1.

And if Cut and Shoot performs to the satisfaction of his connections, then he could aim toward Saratoga and the $250,000 King's Bishop, a seven-furlong race on Aug. 28.

"That's a Grade 1, and we're always looking to 'make' stallions and mares," said Casse. "I think he's a nice horse. I'm not exactly sure how good he is. So far, he's passed every test."

Casse pair still on path to Plate

Casse has a pair of Plate candidates in Long Pond and Kent Ridge, both of whom race for Eugene and Laura Melnyk.

Long Pond, a sharp winner of his seasonal debut in a maiden special/optional claiming race over seven furlongs here May 14, could represent Casse in Saturday's $150,000 Plate Trial, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Kent Ridge also prevailed in his 2004 debut, capturing a first-level allowance race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward at 1 1/16 miles here May 21.

Long Pond breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 on the fast main track Saturday under regular rider Patrick Husbands.

"I told Patrick I didn't want to do a whole lot with him," said Casse. "He's a lean type of horse; he doesn't need a lot of work. He came home very nice."

Plate Trial candidates work out

Other Plate Trial candidates who prepped five furlongs on the main track Saturday were A Bit O'Gold, who breezed in a bullet 59.60 seconds, and his stablemate Winter Whiskey, who went in 1:01.80.

Strike Em Hard, also headed to the Trial, drilled six furlongs in 1:15 under new rider Emile Ramsammy.

Gold Gunner, who is nominated to the Trial but is eligible for his first allowance condition, worked six furlongs in 1:14.20.

* On Sunday, Twisted Wit and Night Sky worked six furlongs on the main track in their final major Trial tune-ups. Twisted Wit went in 1:14.60, while Night Sky was timed in 1:15.60.