11/20/2006 12:00AM

Watch out for Sealy Hill next season


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sealy Hill served notice that she will be a filly to follow when she romped to an impressive victory in Sunday's $166,600 Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine.

Bred in Ontario by Eugene Melnyk and competing for Melnyk Racing Stable, Sealy Hill was making her stakes debut in the seven-furlong Glorious Song and rallied from just off the pace to win by 8 1/4 lengths while being taken in hand by jockey Patrick Husbands.

"She's something," said trainer Mark Casse, who had sent out Sealy Hill to win her maiden by 7 1/4 lengths in her second career start, at seven furlongs here Oct. 20.

"She wins by a long ways, and she runs fast. Those are two good things. And, she hasn't even really figured it all out yet."

Sealy Hill had finished third in her first start, which also came at seven furlongs on Sept. 23.

"It took us probably two months to get her good in the gate," said Casse. "She was really, really nervous.

"She was a little shook up in the gate in her first start, too, but she was a different horse second time, and Sunday, she ran back to that."

Casse initially had considered bypassing the open Glorious Song and running Sealy Hill in the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies here Dec. 2.

"We actually entered her in this race before deciding where to run her," said Casse. "It seemed to me seven-eighths made more sense."

An appearance by Sealy Hill in the Ontario Lassie now is highly unlikely.

"We'll send her down to Winding Oaks," said Casse, referring to the Melnyk farm in Florida. "We'll probably give her 30 days off and then start getting her ready for next year."

Sealy Hill was the 10th stakes winner of the meeting for both Casse and Husbands, with eight of those successes coming in tandem.

Main Executive moves into Sovereign picture

Main Executive wound up his season on a high note with a front-running win under jockey Todd Kabel in Sunday's $125,800 Kennedy Road at six furlongs.

"We'll keep him here a few days, let him wind down," said Radlie Loney, who trains Main Executive for his owners and breeders, Bruno Bros. Farm. "Then we'll take him home, and look forward to a nice spring."

Main Executive, a 4-year-old gelding who was the meet-leading 16th stakes winner for Kabel, also won the six-furlong New Providence over Ontario-sired opposition and captured two allowance sprints.

Loney said he believes that an incident in the Aug. 6 Shepperton Stakes, in which Main Executive was erroneously backed out of the gate just before the field was sent on its way, had a compromising effect on his campaign.

"He was really bad at the gate for a few races after that," said Loney. "But, he was much better last time and everything's back to normal now."

Main Executive's success in the Kennedy Road, in which leading Sovereign Award sprint candidate Judiths Wild Rush finished third, puts Main Executive into the thick of the voting mix for the division.

"He beat all the best," said Loney, who directed Blonde Executive, a full sister to Main Executive, to a Sovereign Award in the sprint division in 2004.

True Metropolitan the real deal

Trainer Terry Jordan was interrupting his Mexican vacation when he checked into Woodbine last Thursday evening to renew acquaintances with his stable star True Metropolitan.

Sunday morning, Jordan was jetting back to Acapulco with a Sovereign Award figuratively in the bag after True Metropolitan trounced some talented rivals in Saturday's $150,400 Woodbine Slots Cup.

True Metropolitan, a Florida-bred 4-year-old, arrived in Ontario with six stakes scores under his belt this season, having dominated the best older horses at both his Vancouver base and in several trips to Alberta.

With no fields left to conquer in western Canada, Jordan and owner Bob Cheema set their sights on Woodbine and shipped True Metropolitan here to trainer Lorne Richards.

"We sent him three weeks ahead of time to get used to the climate and the track," said Jordan, after watching True Metropolitan win the Slots Cup by four lengths under new rider Todd Kabel. "He had never been on Polytrack. He's a very versatile horse. He's just 4 years old and just coming to himself."

Quincy Welch, True Metropolitan's regular rider, had been named for the Slots Cup but did not make the trip east.

But, the fact that Kabel had never laid eyes upon True Metropolitan prior to seeing the horse in the paddock obviously made little difference.

"The trainer just told me that he was an easy horse to ride, and would go wherever I wanted to put him," said Kabel. "I'm telling you, he impressed me. He's a very nice horse."

True Metropolitan may get one more chance to strut his stuff at this meeting. He is nominated to the $125,000 Valedictory, a 1 3/4-mile race on closing day, Dec. 10.

The ballots for the Sovereign Awards will have been tabulated by then, but True Metropolitan, with seven stakes wins and earnings of $402,340, has no need to enhance his credentials in the older male category.

True Metropolitan's performance also seriously raises the profile of the Hastings-based Jordan, who has had a career year with 15 stakes wins and other very talented runners in the 5-year-old horse Quiet Cash and the 3-year-old gelding Halo Steven.

* Jockey Daniel David will serve a three-day suspension, Wednesday through Friday, for causing interference in the sixth race on Nov.o16.