09/01/2007 12:00AM

Simcoe distance suits Don's Folly


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Don's Folly and Executrix head the two 2-year-old stakes for graduates of local yearling sales Monday at Woodbine: the Simcoe for males and the Muskoka for fillies.

Each of the six yearling sales stakes on Monday's card carries a purse of $125,000.

Don's Folly won his debut with an 85 Beyer Speed Figure and is coming off a closing second-place finish to Stuck in Traffic in the six-furlong Vandal Stakes.

"He ran a dynamite race in his first race," trainer Mike DePaulo said. "He won fairly easily and set a track record, which didn't last very long. It rained for his second start and the track seemed to get really fast and speed-favoring."

DePaulo pointed out that the horse who beat Don's Folly in the Vandal, Stuck in Traffic, came back to run second in the Silver Deputy Stakes to Bear Holiday.

Bear Holiday, DePaulo said, "might be the best 2-year-old on the grounds."

DePaulo believes the seven-furlong distance of the Simcoe should be better for Don's Folly.

"I think seven-eighths will suit him well," DePaulo said. "He worked good the other day with Another Ascot. They went five-eighths in 1:01 and change on the training track."

The Mark Casse-trained Drunken Love has a license to improve in the Simcoe. He finished second in both of his outings, both against Ontario-sired maidens.

"Last time, he had outside pressure the entire way and got caught up in a speed duel," Casse said. "We scoped him after the race, and he had a little [throat] abscess, which we treated.

"He's come back to train quite well. Seven-eighths might be pushing his limitations, but we're going to put blinkers on to try and get him to relax. Normally, you don't put blinkers on to do that, but he's a horse who sees a lot. We've breezed him in blinkers, and he went well with them."

Executrix, trained by Nick Gonzalez, graduated second time out with a 79 Beyer and subsequently ran fifth in the My Dear Stakes. After finishing second in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well Stakes, she won the six-furlong Nandi Stakes, closing outside from fourth.

Executrix's main obstacle in the Muskoka might be the seven-furlong distance.

First-time starter Six Pack Sammy has been training well, said Casse, her trainer.

"I think she'll be very tough," he said. "I'm not going in just hoping to pick up a piece of it. I think she has a legitimate chance to win."

Also on the card is the six-furlong Kenora and the Halton, which is a one-mile turf event.

Trainer Bob Tiller entered three runners in the Kenora, including Twisted Wit and Dave the Knave, who ran one-two in last year's race.

"They're in good order," Tiller said. "Dave the Knave's last race was terrible, but I'm looking for a much better effort from him."

Tiller's other runner is Dancer's Bajan, who also is entered in Sunday's Vice Regent, a grass stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk, seventh in the 2006 Kenora, has had a break since his lackluster performance on turf in the July 21 Ontario Jockey Club Stakes.

"He likes to run fresh," trainer Sid Attard said.

The females London Snow and defending champion Sheer Enchantment will face males in the Halton. London Snow was recently third behind champion Financingavailable in the Victoriana Stakes and could be the favorite.