11/08/2007 12:00AM

Tell It As It Is finds good fit at home

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - On Nov. 3 last year, Tell It As It Is was finishing last of five in the one-mile Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct.

On Saturday, the time of year will be similar but Tell It As It Is will be looking to relate a much happier ending when she faces 11 rivals at Woodbine in the $175,000 Maple Leaf, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares.

Tell It As It Is, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old, had launched her career here last Sept. 23 with a last-to-first maiden victory at seven furlongs.

Based on the strength of that effort, Tell It As It Is was shipped to New York for the Tempted, which was scheduled to be run on Sunday, Oct. 29.

"We were in the paddock, putting the bridle on her, when they canceled the card," said Jim Smith, who trains Tell It As It Is for the Cinnamont Stable of Richard Lister.

The Tempted was carried over to the following Friday, and redrawn.

"She went from the outside post to the inside, but it was only a five-horse field," said Smith. "Then she stumbled at the start and pretty much lost all chance. It was disappointing."

The Tempted was the last start of the season for Tell It As It Is, who wintered in Florida and returned to Woodbine at the beginning of May.

"It seemed like the ship took everything out of her," said Smith. "She took a while to come around."

Tell It As It Is returned to action on July 21 with a fourth-place finish in a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles.

"I thought she'd need her first race," said Smith, who watched Tell It As It Is finish a closing second behind older filly Spring Waltz at the same distance and level in her next start here Aug. 11.

Tell It As It Is then stepped back into stakes company and tried turf for the first time in the Ontario Colleen, a one-mile race in which she finished 3 1/2 lengths back in fourth.

"There weren't really any other options for her," said Smith. "I thought she had a rough trip. She came into the stretch looking for a hole, and dropped down to the rail. She came running but it was a little too little, a little too late."

Tell It As It Is has arrived in plenty of time in her two starts since the Ontario Colleen, however, as she came from off the pace to clear her first two allowance conditions in emphatic fashion with both races coming at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

"She ran so good in the Colleen that we were hoping to find something longer," said Smith. "She's a big, tall, lanky filly - she always seemed the type that could cover a bit of ground. We thought the further, the better. A mile and a quarter hit her right between the eyes."

Tell It As It Is also was nominated to the Grade 2, $150,000 Mrs. Revere, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on Saturday, but staying home for the Maple Leaf won out.

"She would have been going back to a mile and a sixteenth there," said Smith. "I thought this race, going a mile and a quarter at this time of year against older fillies, was right. It's so much easier to run at your own racetrack."

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who has guided Tell It As It Is to her three career victories, has also ridden Like a Gem to two straight wins and will be aboard that filly in the Maple Leaf. Jim McAleney has picked up the mount on Tell It Like It Is.

Krz Exec surprises her trainer at 16-1

Krz Exec ($35.10) outran favored Lady d'Wildcat in the stretch to capture the $127,000 South Ocean Stakes here Wednesday night.

Jerry Baird had Krz Exec in a three-wide stalking position throughout the 1 1/16-mile route as Lady d'Wildcat set slow fractions while appearing to lug out.

Krz Exec edged by Lady d'Wildcat at the sixteenth pole and prevailed by a half-length in a time of 1:46.52.

Short Shorts finished another 1 1/4 lengths back in third in the 10-horse field of Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Krz Exec banked $75,000 in her stakes debut for Sylon Stable and Partner.

"I'm surprised that we won it," said trainer Mike DePaulo. "I would have been delighted just to have been third. I thought she'd be farther back, and come running. That was the plan. We were closer than we wanted to be, but things worked out."

DePaulo, who bagged a double on the card, won stakes with Krz Exec's dam, Krz Lady, and her half-brother, Krz Ruckus.

Yolie wins for sixth time at meet

Yolie became the first horse to win six races at the meeting when she captured a $62,500 optional claiming race here Wednesday.

A homebred 3-year-old filly owned by Frank DiGiulio and trained by Bob Tiller, Yolie has started 11 times here this year and has added 3 seconds to her winning six-pack while earning $219,564.

"She's a filly that obviously has a lot of heart and desire," said Tiller. "She tries hard."

Yolie began her campaign with back-to-back wins, put together another double in June and July, and repeated again here Wednesday after taking her last start on Oct. 14.

"She had some issues this spring; we were concerned about her," said Tiller. "But she ran in the right races, and got the winning habit."

Yolie may not be through yet, as she remains eligible for the third allowance condition.

"We'll have to see if there's something in the last book for her," said Tiller. "She's coming out of her races better than ever now; she's in good order."

Just Rushing was tops in races won here last year with seven, and Morning Prayer was the only other horse to win as many as six races.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink