11/09/2005 1:00AM

Twisted Wit drops to look for a victory

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Twisted Wit, winning the Achievement in summer 2004, has not won a race this year and hasn't run since July.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Twisted Wit, a double stakes winner in each of his first two campaigns, has failed to win any race in five starts this year, all at Woodbine.

That may well change on Friday, however, as Twisted Wit appears to have found a suitable spot in the $79,900 allowance feature, a six-furlong race for nonwinners of a race other than maiden or claiming in 2005.

"This horse has been an unlucky horse this year," said Bob Tiller, who trains Twisted Wit for owner Rolph Davis. "I had a terrible time getting him in the entries, and just when he was doing good this fall, he popped a splint on me and I had to back off on him."

Twisted Wit last saw action on July 24, finishing seventh in the Ontario Jockey Club in his turf debut, but has run well fresh in the past, including victories in his debut at 2 and the Queenston Stakes at 3, his first race of that season.

"He should like these kind of horses," said Tiller. "This is a spot where he should have a good chance. He's doing good now; he's in good order."

Corey Fraser retains the mount on Twisted Wit, who has been prone to prerace antics and will race with blinkers for the first time in his career.

Leading the opposition is Moonshine Justice, a 3-year-old who is rounding into form for trainer and part-owner Dave Cotey.

Also one of the leaders of his division at 2, Moonshine Justice was sidelined by injury after just one start this spring. He has two more races under his belt since returning to action this fall, including a runner-up effort under third-level allowance terms last time out.

Constant Montpellier retains the mount on Moonshine Justice.

Rounding out the field are multiple stakes winners Chris's Bad Boy and Millfleet; All Star Lover, who is stakes placed; and La Salle Glory, who is making her seasonal debut and is the lone filly in the lineup.

Main Executive seeks fourth straight

Main Executive, a full brother to the now-retired Canadian sprint champion Blonde Executive, will be seeking his fourth consecutive victory in another six-furlong allowance on Friday's 10-race card.

An Ontario-sired 3-year-old gelding, Main Executive has won two allowance races in restricted company and thus remains eligible for Friday's open first-level allowance. He is owned and bred by Bruno Brothers Farm and trained by Radlie Loney.

Richard Dos Ramos, who rode Blonde Executive, is Main Executive's regular jockey.

Tiller has two in weekend stakes

Tiller plans to be represented in both stakes being run here this weekend, with Whispertoascream among a field of 12 for Saturday's Maple Leaf and Simply Lovely slated for Sunday's $150,000 Jammed Lovely.

The Grade 3, $198,800 Maple Leaf is a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares, while the Jammed Lovely is a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.

Whispertoascream, a 4-year-old filly owned by Frank DiGiulio, was winless in her first eight outings this year but has put together back-to-back victories since stretching out to 1 1/16 miles.

"Obviously, she enjoys going a distance of ground," said Tiller. "She'd always worked like she was a speed horse; I'd never considered a distance for her."

Fraser, who is 2 for 2 aboard Whispertoascream after piloting her to her recent wins in second- and third-level allowance company, retains the mount for the Maple Leaf.

"She's on the upswing; she might just carry right on with it," said Tiller. "I expect a good race from her."

Simply Lovely, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly last year, won three stakes in 2004 but seeks her first win of this season in the Jammed Lovely.

In eight starts this year, all but two of which have come in stakes races, Simply Lovely has finished second twice and third three times while banking $100,187.

"She was such a precocious 2-year-old," said Tiller. "The problem is, other horses have matured and caught up to her. But she tries hard, she's in good order, and she's sound. She should run well."

The Jammed Lovely could be the final start for Simply Lovely, who has been entered in the January sale at Keeneland by owner Rocco Marcello.

Day Phillips pair done for year

Invitational and Jambalaya, turf specialists trained here by Catherine Day Phillips, had been pointing for upcoming stakes south of the border but have been put away for the season.

Day Phillips had been eyeing Saturday's Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs for Invitational, a 3-year-old filly who became a stakes winner in the Carotene here last time out.

"I thought the Churchill race was just coming up too tough," said Day Phillips. "She'll have a break; she's raced hard all year."

Jambalaya had been penciled in for the Hollywood Derby, which went by the boards along with the rest of turf racing at that meeting.

"There wasn't really any other race for him that made sense," said Day Phillips. "He's had enough races. He doesn't really need to do more this year."

Jambalaya, a 3-year-old gelding, finished seventh last time out when facing older rivals here in the Grade 1 Canadian International. Prior to that, Jambalaya had won four straight turf races, including Woodbine's Breeders' Stakes and Saratoga's Grade 3 Saranac.

Invitational and Jambalaya will winter on the Day Phillips farm in the Ocala area and head back north next spring.

"Depending on how they're training, they may run at Keeneland on the way back home," said Day Phillips. "We'll focus mainly on turf campaigns here next year for both of them."