10/11/2001 11:00PM

Attfield takes two shots

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Roger Attfield-trained uncoupled duo of Poetically and Extend both have a shot in Sunday's $112,200 La Lorgnette Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

Poetically, last year's Canadian champion 2-year-old filly, has suffered through the sophomore jinx this season while going winless in five starts. She was sidelined by a blood disorder in the spring, which caused her to miss important stakes such as the Labatt Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Plate.

Poetically did run two solid races in July, though. She was second by a length to Quick Blue in the Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie, and was beaten four lengths finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks.

Poetically has been absent since her debut on the grass Aug. 26 in the Ontario Colleen Handicap, in which she was fourth.

"She ran okay on the turf," said Attfield. "I don't think she handled it as well as I thought she would. We've been so messed up with her all year. I took a step back and pointed her to this race. I wanted to do something right by her, and I think this is the right move."

Extend began her campaign poorly, but she woke up when she was able to secure a clear early lead and keep on going in a June 28 allowance. She also won her penultimate outing in a $62,500 optional claimer, and was recently second against older opponents in an $80,000 optional claimer.

"She's been improving and improving," Attfield said. "She was always a difficult filly to train, but she's matured considerably. I think she's going to be a really nice 4-year-old."

David Clark has the mount on Poetically, who is adding blinkers. Mickey Walls will ride Extend.

Completing the La Lorgnette lineup are Chopinina, Royal Fact, Noble Strike, Classical Romance, Madame Red, Time to Decide, Miss Benny, and Foxy Connection.

Classical Romance captured the restricted South Ocean Stakes last fall, and was third in her seasonal debut in the Lady Angela Stakes, but then failed to hit the board in her next seven outings. She snapped out of her slump in a recent allowance, when she was moved from second to first by disqualification because she was hit in the face by a rival jockey's whip.

Trainer John Cardella feels Classical Romance may not have liked the hot weather this year. "I don't really know why she wasn't running any good," he said, "but I assumed it was because of the hot weather."