09/16/2002 11:00PM

Raylene will try to go long in Mazarine


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Rod Haynes has never run a horse at Woodbine.

Haynes, based in Alberta, hasn't picked just any spot for his local debut. He will saddle Raylene, who has been overpowering her opposition at Northlands Park, in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Mazarine Stakes.

Raylene, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old filly, was purchased for $10,000 at the Keeneland September sale and races for the Calmar Stable and Ranch of Kevin Lung and Rick Mah, who joined forces with Haynes this year.

"She's not a great workhorse," said Haynes, who was tied for third in the Northlands trainer standings heading into this week's action. Haynes checked in at Woodbine on Sunday.

"But after I started working her a little, she seemed to strike me as something nice. And she improved every time she ran."

Raylene was a troubled fourth when debuting in a 3 1/2-furlong race at Calgary's Stampede Park on May 26. She then finished a distant second behind Taiaslew, Alberta's top 2-year-old male, in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race at Northlands a month later.

But Raylene broke through in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special July 14 and has since made short work of her opponents in two filly stakes, taking the six-furlong Princess Margaret by 7 1/2 lengths Aug. 2 and the 6 1/2-furlong Bird of Pay by 11 lengths in her last start Aug. 31.

"After she ran the last time in Edmonton there wasn't anything for her to run in out there until Oct. 12," said Haynes, "and there was nothing in Vancouver. "The owners checked it out, and decided we'd come out here and give it a try."

While Haynes admits that the 1 1/16 miles of the Mazarine is "uncharted territory," he takes heart from the manner in which Raylene won her last two races.

"She wasn't pressed," he said. "She made her move around the last turn, and galloped by them.

"I think she'll be able to run [the distance]. There's only one way to find out. I think she should be able to lay half-close, and make a run at them."

Jim McAleney picks up the mount on Raylene, whose top Beyer Speed Figures compare favorably those of locally based Mazarine favorite Handpainted.

Stakes horses up for grabs

Two added-money winners - Elektraline and Crumpet - can be claimed at Woodbine on Thursday out of the eighth race, an $80,000 allowance/optional claimer for fillies and mares.

Elektraline, a 6-year-old owned by Richard Englander, has won five stakes and 10 of 42 starts while banking $462,300. She took the Grade 3 Bessarabian Handicap here in November but is winless in six starts in the interim for trainer Mike Wright Jr., who sent her out to finish a distant fifth in the Seaway Stakes last time.

Crumpet, a 4-year-old, won the filly division of the Juvenile Stakes in 2000 but suffered through the sophomore jinx last year, when she failed to hit the board in four starts. She snapped out of her slump with an allowance victory at Fort Erie in May, and has since competed with mixed success for trainer Red Johnson.

The other entrants in Thursday's feature - Lightning Pace, Vixen Star, and Roman Romance - were all entered without a claiming tag.

Lightning Pace had a remarkable first half of the meeting, winning 4 of 5 outings while earning $156,490. Trained by Vito Armata, she has been rested since landing a $62,500 optional claimer on July 28.

On the road to Hastings

Inish Glora and Raglan Road, both based at Hastings Park with trainer Kathy Bremner, are slated to arrive at Woodbine next Monday for fall campaigns.

An Ontario-bred 4-year-old filly owned by Robert Costigan, Inish Glora raced twice on the turf here last fall, finishing fourth in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where and third in a classified allowance race.

Inish Glora is nominated to the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, the 1 1/4-mile turf feature for fillies and mares here Sept. 29, but her connections could opt for the same day's Chief Bearhart, an overnight turf stakes in which she would face males at the same distance.

Raglan Road, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old colt by El Prado, was a winner at first asking on Aug. 3 but then disappointed badly in his only subsequent outing three weeks later.

* Jockey Chantal Sutherland has been fined $200 for misuse of her whip aboard last-place finisher Covert in the fourth race here last Thursday. The stewards ruled Covert "was not responding to her urging and she continued to use her whip excessively."

* Jockey Patrick Husbands has been fined $500 for failing to notify the stewards and the clerk of scales that he was finished riding for the day on Friday. The stewards ruled Husbands had a commitment to ride the eighth race and did not fulfill the engagement.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink