11/29/2005 12:00AM

Old Casse horses win for Richards


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - While trainer Mark Casse's barn has been making headlines, winning three of the last four stakes races here at Woodbine, trainer Lorne Richards has been making hay with some former Casse runners.

Richards, who trains for K.K. Sangara, struck here on Sunday with two horses purchased from Casse.

P.J.'s Paulie Boy won the day's 10th race while entered for $60,000 in a second-level allowance/optional claimer, mowing down the promising Casse-trained front-runner Flat Rock.

Earlier on the program, Back Pack Shack won his maiden in his first start for Richards.

P.J.'s Paulie Boy, a Florida-bred 7-year-old horse, was purchased from Casse last fall as part of a package with Diamondsfora Lady.

While Sunday's win was the first for P.J.'s Paulie Boy in his new colors, he ran second or third in six other starts this year while earning $114,573.

Diamondsfora Lady, a Florida-bred 4-year-old filly, won three claiming races and $63,579 for Sangara and Richards this year. She was claimed from her last start for $8,000.

Back Pack Shack, a New York-bred 2-year-old, also was part of a package deal, along with Ok Nothanks-foraskn, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old.

Back Pack Shack had started just once before Sunday, finishing third in a "B" maiden special. On Sunday, he was a six-length winner of a straight maiden special.

Ok Nothanksforaskn also was purchased after his first start, a fifth-place finish at a mile on the turf. After finishing a distant third at seven furlongs in the slop in his first race for his new barn, Ok Nothanksforaskn won his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"It's always nice to get their maidens out of the way quickly," said Richards. "They've both turned out to be all right."

Richards believes that dealing with Casse has been beneficial for both parties.

"Casse's been pretty good with us," said Richards. "He's kind of steered us in the right direction. The horses he sold us he owned himself, and he bought them for a ham sandwich."

Back Pack Shack was a $7,500 purchase as a 2-year-old in training, while Ok Nothanksforaskn was a $1,000 yearling.

Financingavailable, a 4-year-old filly who became a stakes winner after being purchased by Sangara for a six-figure sum last summer, was bought by Casse for $5,000 at the local yearling sale.

My Lucky Strike drops

Richards and Sangara have three horses entered on Thursday's card, including My Lucky Strike in the allowance/optional claiming feature.

A Kentucky-bred 6-year-old gelding, My Lucky Strike was claimed for $80,000 from his final start last fall and is back in for that price on Thursday.

My Lucky Strike has won 2 of 8 starts and $133,665 this year, with both wins coming during the summer.

After rallying to defeat stakes-caliber opposition in a six-furlong classified allowance here June 26, My Lucky Strike moved to turf and won a 6 1/2-furlong prep for the Play the King Handicap.

But in four subsequent outings, all against top-drawer competition, My Lucky Strike has mustered no better than one fourth-place finish.

"It's a little easier spot for him," Richards said Thursday's race. "He's not the horse he was this spring. We haven't really been able to get him back where we want him to be."

All in the Blonde Executive family

Trainer Radlie Loney was in the spotlight here last year thanks to Blonde Executive, an Ontario-sired 3-year-old filly owned and bred by Bruno Brothers Farm.

Blonde Executive, by Bold Executive out of Dream Smartly, won 5 of 6 starts, including four stakes, and took home a Sovereign Award as Canada's outstanding sprinter.

But while Blonde Executive did come back to the track this year, she never made it back to the races, and has been retired to the breeding shed.

The task of filling the filly's shoes in Loney's barn fell to her younger brother, Main Executive, a 3-year-old gelding who had not raced as a 2-year-old.

While Main Executive has yet to match his sister's prowess in stakes races, he certainly has displayed the same high turn of early foot and penchant for finding the winner's circle.

After finishing second in his 6 1/2-furlong debut here on Aug. 5, Main Executive won his maiden at six furlongs, then rattled off three more victories while being astutely spotted in allowance races. Two of those victories were at six furlongs, the third at seven furlongs.

"I had nominated him to the Sir Barton," said Loney, referring to last Sunday's 1 1/16-mile stakes for Ontario-sired horses. "If that last race of his didn't go, he would have gone in the Sir Barton."

Instead, Main Executive has gone home to the farm.

"I'm looking forward to next year with him," said Loney. "Hopefully, I'll have two brothers."

Clever Executive, a 2-year-old gelding with the same sire and dam as Blonde Executive and Main Executive, did not start this year and was put away in August.

"I wanted to give him time to mature," said Loney.

* Activity was light here on a rainy Tuesday morning. The main track was closed to training, while only eight workouts were recorded on a sloppy training track.