09/17/2003 12:00AM

Two more good juveniles for Carroll


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Josie Carroll recorded her first stakes win of the Woodbine meeting last Sunday when the 2-year-old colt Bachelor Blues upset the Grade 2, $285,500 Summer.

But Carroll may not be too long in adding to that total, as she is scheduled to send out leading contenders for another pair of 2-year-old stakes here this weekend.

Dream About, owned by Arosa Farm, is among five entrants for Saturday's Grade 2, $268,250 Mazarine, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies.

Estevan, owned by Jim and Alice Sapara, is Carroll's candidate for Sunday's $125,000 Swynford at seven furlongs.

Both Dream About and Estevan will be making their stakes debuts and are coming off impressive maiden victories in their second lifetime starts, and Carroll says both have been training very well.

Dream About, an Ontario-bred who was purchased for $270,000 at the Ocala sales this June, finished second to the promising On the Qt when in her career debut at five furlongs here Aug. 8.

"The speed just got away on her," said Carroll. "[On the Qt] was a good horse, on the pace, and we didn't have a lot of opportunity to make up ground on her."

Dream About was the chased rather than the chaser three weeks later, as she dueled through the opening half-mile before opening up on the turn and romping to an 8 1/2-length victory.

That win came at seven furlongs, and Carroll believes the longer distance of the Mazarine will be to Dream About's liking.

"I certainly hope she'd go two turns," said Carroll. "She was purchased with that in mind."

Estevan, a $525,000 buy at Keeneland in April, finished sixth as the odds-on choice in his first start, which came at six furlongs here July 27.

"He just didn't run his race," said Carroll, explaining that Estevan had become shaken up in the paddock.

There were no disappointments next time, however, as Estevan rebounded to win by an astounding 24 1/2 lengths over six furlongs Aug. 16.

Carroll had nominated Estevan for the Silver Deputy, an overnight stakes here Aug. 31, but did not enter the colt and the race was scrapped after attracting just four entrants.

"The race was a little quick back," said Carroll. "He coughed a couple of days before. We ran a scope on him, and he had some mucus. There was no sense running him if he wasn't 100 percent."

Grey possible target for Bachelor Blues

Bachelor Blues came into the Summer, a one-mile turf race, off a second-place finish as the even-money favorite in a seven-furlong allowance prep over the same course. He raced on the pace but weakened.

Carroll wasn't surprised Bachelor Blues won the Summer, despite the longer distance.

"We loved this horse going into this race," said Carroll. "You couldn't ask a horse to train any better."

Carroll credited rider Robert Landry, who had ridden Bachelor Blues in the prep and to his maiden win, with a big assist in the Summer. Landry, unfortunately, could only enjoy the moment second-hand as he has been on the sidelines since being injured in a spill here Sept. 5.

"Robert worked very hard getting the horse to settle, and he did a very good job of it," said Carroll. "We wanted him in back of horses early."

But Bachelor Blues had his own ideas last Sunday, and Todd Kabel, who was in the irons for the first time, found himself on the lead from the outset.

"Todd did a good job getting him to settle without wrestling him," said Carroll. "That wasn't our plan, but that's the thing about a good rider. He can call an audible."

Carroll is uncertain of her next move with Bachelor Blues, whose immediate opportunities here are limited because he's a Kentucky-bred. She said the Grade 2 Grey, a $250,000 race over 1 1/16 miles on the main track Oct. 5, is a possibility.

"We're considering whether we'd put him back on dirt," said Carroll. "He's worked equally well on that surface. There's nothing left for him here on the grass."

Carroll's only previous stakes winner this season came when Prince Alphie won the $75,000 Black Gold at Fair Grounds.

Prince Alphie, who had won at first asking here last year, finished eighth in the March 9 Louisiana Derby and has been out of training since. Carroll expects to have him back in training here soon.

Portcullis preps for Sky Classic

Portcullis, Canada's reigning champion turf horse for owner Sam-Son Farm and trainer Mark Frostad, was the most prominent name on the training track turf tab Wednesday morning, breezing seven furlongs in 1:28.80 under regular rider Slade Callaghan.

With the dogs well out and the turf firm, Portcullis worked in tandem with stablemates Colorful Judgement, who broke off in front and finished that way under exercise rider Stu Brown, and Destiny Red, who had jockey Todd Kabel in the irons.

Portcullis and Destiny Red are among six Sam-Son Farm nominees, headed by Strut the Stage, for the Grade 2, $250,000 Sky Classic over 1 3/8 miles of turf here Sept. 28.

Frostad said he would await the release of the weights, which will be out Saturday, before deciding on his Sky Classic plan.