09/26/2004 11:00PM

What's Up Dude adapts well to blinkers


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mike Mareina had predicted that What's Up Dude would benefit from the addition of blinkers and run a much-improved race after finishing third in the 6 1/2-furlong Silver Deputy at Woodbine on Sept. 6.

And the proof of the pudding was in the eating, as What's Up Dude, under new rider Patrick Husbands, gobbled up four rivals en route to a 4 3/4-length victory here in Saturday's $136,000 Swynford at seven furlongs.

"He's very competitive; he likes to run at horses," said Mareina, who trains What's Up Dude for Kuehne Racing.

"He still loafed after he got the lead, but he'd opened up enough that it didn't matter."

Mareina said he might close up the blinkers a little more next time.

The Grade 2, $250,000 Grey, a 1 1/16-mile race here Oct. 11, has been the longtime goal for What's Up Dude, a Kentucky-bred 2-year-old.

Mareina also had entered Olympia Fields in the Swynford but scratched that colt and will bring him back in the $125,000 Bull Page, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired colts and geldings here Oct. 9.

If all goes well, Olympia Fields could then round out his campaign in the $125,000 Frost King, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds here Oct. 27.

"I'll wait and try to stretch him out next year," said Mareina. "There are so many Ontario-sired opportunities for 3-year-olds here; I don't want to beat him up as a baby."

Olympia Fields has a win and two second-place finishes, the latest in the Simcoe Stakes, from three starts.

Mareina and Kuehne Racing have won with three other 2-year-olds at the meeting, but only one remains with the outfit.

Dr. Meatball, an impressive winner at first asking here Sept. 11, has been sold and now is with Tom Amoss in Kentucky. Fortunate Trip was sold to Team Valor after scoring at first asking here May 9 and has been unplaced in two subsequent starts for trainer Mark Casse.

Henry's Court, who won at first crack here June 6 but then finished fifth in the Victoria three weeks later, is on the farm in Ocala, Fla.

"He kind of wrenched his knee," said Mareina, "so we backed off on him. He'll be a turf-running fool as a 3-year-old."

My Pal Lana fulfills potential

My Pal Lana, who has been overshadowed by stablemate Inish Glora in the filly and mare turf division, had her moment in the sun here Saturday.

A 4-year-old trained by Mac Benson, My Pal Lana stretched out to 1 1/2 miles on turf and recorded her first stakes victory in the $109,000 Flaming Page.

"This filly has always shown talent," said Benson. "It maybe took me four years to learn how to train her."

Benson is uncertain of his next move with My Pal Lana, who now has won out her conditions. The next turf stakes for the division is the 1 1/4-mile E.P. Taylor, a Grade 1, $750,000 race here Oct. 24.

"I might go ahead and nominate [My Pal Lana], just for the sake of having her nominated," said Benson. "You never know how it's going to come up."

Inish Glora, Canada's reigning champion turf mare, finished second last time out in the Grade 2 Canadian and is slated to make her next appearance in the Taylor.

'Blonde' wins fourth stakes of meet

Blonde Executive isn't one to back down from a fight, whether she's in the barn or on the racetrack. But her trainer, Radlie Loney, certainly isn't complaining.

"When she's coming up to a race, she's very aggressive," said Loney, who trains Blonde Executive for her owners and breeders, Don and John Bruno. "She knows when she's going to race."

Blonde Executive's feistiness was evident here Sunday as she won a protracted duel with Financingavailable in the $132,250 La Prevoyante Stakes, a one-mile turf race that was her longest to date.

"She really dug in today and tried her hardest," said Don Bruno. "We're very proud of her. Radlie's done a super job."

The La Prevoyante was Blonde Executive's fourth stakes score of the meeting, tops in the 3-year-old filly division, and she will undoubtedly earn some consideration when it comes to the Sovereign Award voting.

Three of those stakes wins, including the La Prevoyante, came in Ontario-sired company, but Blonde Executive also won the Grade 3 Duchess.

In the meantime, Loney and the Bruno brothers plan to give Blonde Executive a bit of a break, with the Nov. 14 Jammed Lovely probably being her next target.

The $150,000 Jammed Lovely is a seven-furlong race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

South Bay Cove out with injury

South Bay Cove, an Ontario-bred 2-year-old filly who was one of the leading candidates for this Sunday's Grade 2, $250,000 Mazarine, is out for the season with a hairline fracture of a cannon bone.

"I was going to work her the other week, and I wasn't really happy with the way she warmed up," said Roger Attfield, who trains South Bay Cove for owner-breeder Bill Graham.

"After a lot of investigation, we found a little hairline fracture. It's a good thing we picked it up in time."

South Bay Cove has won 3 of 4 starts, including the Shady Well and Ontario Debutante, earning $256,897.