04/25/2004 11:00PM

Third start may be the one


CALGARY, Alberta - Executive Time heads a field of six 3-year-old fillies competing for a $17,000 purse in a six-furlong conditioned allowance here Wednesday evening.

Executive Time, a stakes-placed daughter of Bold Executive, drew the rail with jockey Real Simard retaining the mount. Trained by Floyd Arthur, she makes her third start of the year.

Executive Time was second last year to Alberta's 2-year-old filly champion Classa Red Wine in the Filly Sale Stakes and third in the restricted Sturgeon River. She was off the board only once in six starts.

In her maiden victory, Sept. 13 at Northlands Park, Executive Time went to the front under Simard and made every pole a winning one. She figures to get a stalking trip on Wednesday behind Bobi Cat and Targestina.

Executive Time closed strongly over a muddy surface going six furlongs here April 14 to miss by three-quarters of a length and returned to work a good half-mile in 49.20 seconds on Saturday. In her other race this year, she finished third in a four-furlong dash on the opening night of the meeting.

Executive Time's main opposition may be Speedfast, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Runaway Groom who is also stakes placed. Speedfast finished a neck ahead of Executive Time last time out after closing from well back to finish second.

* Trainer Darcy Hawkes and rider Ron Blinston combined to score a natural hat trick last Saturday. They combined to win races 6 through 8 with Royal Group ($29.80), James Logan ($19.20), and Roomtwothirtyeight ($20.70).