11/16/2007 12:00AM

Sprinters state case for Sovereign

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Sovereign Award for this year's Canadian champion sprinter remains up for grabs, and whoever steps up in Sunday's Grade 3, $125,000 Kennedy Road Stakes at Woodbine will have a chance to be a finalist in that category.

The speedy Main Executive captured last year's Kennedy Road, and should be well-backed in Sunday's six-furlong sprint. He is winless in three starts since his victory in the Aug. 5 Shepperton Stakes.

Main Executive set sizzling fractions before being caught by Legal Move when second in the allowance prep for the Kennedy Road.

"He had a little tough luck the last time," said trainer Radlie Loney. "He went a little bit too quick the first half. The inside part of the track wasn't playing that well, either. He was on the worst part of the track."

Loney scoffed at the notion that the quick former claimer Ballado Dancer might put a wrench in Main Executive's plans.

"My horse enjoys running with other horses," said Loney. "I don't know if [Ballado Dancer] likes to have a horse look him in the eye."

Stretch-runner Dancer's Bajan should be prominent at the end if a lively pace materializes. A 3-year-old trained by Bob Tiller, Dancer's Bajan won two restricted stakes at the meeting, the Deputy Minister and the Overskate. He was beaten a nose last time out in the seven-furlong Mt. Sassafras Stakes.

"He's been terrific all year," Tiller said. "He was unlucky not to win one or two races. He tries all the time. He's only been out of the money once, which was going long earlier in the year. He's a come-from-behind sprinter."

Dancer's Bajan finished second in each of four attempts at six furlongs.

"It's not really his best distance," said Tiller. "Six and a half or seven-eighths are his best distances. Every time he's run six furlongs, he's just run out of racetrack."

Legal Move ran the race of his life in the prep, rallying inside from far back to win with a 96 Beyer Speed Figure.

Just Rushing comes off a flat third as the favorite in the Mt. Sassafras and seconds in a pair of turf stakes.

Wake at Noon, the 2002 Canadian Horse of the Year, captured the 2000 Kennedy Road. The 10-year-old Wake at Noon won a Fort Erie allowance in his last outing.