03/28/2007 11:00PM

Quick n Deed and Katryan reunited

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Abraham Katryan won two stakes with Quick in Deed in 2005 before the horse was taken from him last year. Quick in Deed will try to relive past glories when he is reunited with Katryan in Woodbine's opening-day feature on Saturday.

The 5 1/2-furlong allowance is a prep for the April 14 Jacques Carter, the first stakes of the meeting, which is scheduled to conclude Dec. 9.

Quick in Deed captured the Bold Ruckus Stakes and Achievement Handicap during a four-race win streak in 2005. Last year, he had an abbreviated campaign under the guidance of trainer Sid Attard, who sent him out for a lopsided nine-length triumph in a $62,500 optional claimer on the Polytrack in November.

"He seems a little more mature this year," said Katryan, who was Woodbine's leading trainer in 2000. "He's a nice little horse. He's been doing well. I think this race should set him up good for going three-quarters."

Ray Sabourin, the rider in all of Quick in Deed's 16 starts, has the mount.

Other contenders in the feature include Vibank, Super Fuse, Are You Serious, Atlas Shrugs, and Dalavin.

Vibank, a 4-year-old trained by Josie Carroll, won two stakes here at 2, including the 5 1/2-furlong Clarendon. He trailed in a quality six-horse field when he returned from a sabbatical in a March 1 allowance at the Fair Grounds.

Super Fuse, 7, was mildly competitive in each of his four winter outings on Aqueduct's inner track, the best of which was a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Paumonok Handicap. He has won only once since his 2-year-old campaign, and that came in optional-claiming company in March 2004.

Are You Serious, winner of the 2005 Kennedy Road Stakes, has been a disappointment since he upset reigning Canadian champion sprinter Judiths Wild Rush in the Bold Venture Stakes on July 22.

Atlas Shrugs won a pair of one-turn stakes on the road toward the 2006 Queen's Plate. He has proven to be a useful closing sprinter who can fire nicely when fresh.

Turf expert Dalavin has yet to race on the Polytrack, a surface that many grass runners tolerate well.

The remaining nine races on the card are all at five furlongs, including an allowance for 3-year-olds headed by the Reade Baker-trained entry of Bearstein and Forbidden Bear. Both are coming off a lackluster performance against some formidable opposition at Gulfstream.

Oaklawn Park shipper Lucky Jen may be tough to catch in the other first-level allowance, for fillies and mares.