06/23/2005 12:00AM

Canterbury: Malika's Gold ships in


An extremely competitive field of 12 3-year old fillies was entered in the $40,000 Northbound Pride Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest on the grass previously known as the Canterbury Oaks.

Trainer Randy Oberlander ships Malika's Gold from Prairie Meadows to Canterbury, where she won her maiden impressively in her first appearance last year. Malika's Gold earned her first black type in her very next start, when she captured the La Senorita Stakes on the turf at Retama Park in September. Campaigned at Oaklawn Park and Prairie Meadows this year, Malika's Gold was a close second in an optional claiming event at Prairie in her most recent start. She makes just her second start on the grass in the Northbound Pride Stakes and gets Derek Bell for the assignment.

Stormy Venus came to hand for trainer Tom Proctor in March, winning twice over the main track at Tampa. A daughter of Stormy Atlantic, Stormy Venus tried turf for the first time in her most recent start, finishing third after pressing the pace in an optional claiming event at Arlington last month. Proctor has elected to add blinkers to Stormy Venus for the Northbound Pride and has named Helen Vanek to ride.

Also shipping to Canterbury Park is The Bohemian Girl, who finished a fast-closing second in the same optional claiming race Stormy Venus exits. The Bohemian Girl was also making her first start on the turf in that contest. Seth Martinez rides Stormy Venus for trainer Mac Robertson.

Trainer Kelly Von Hemel ships Camela Carson to Canterbury following her second-place finish last month in the Bob Bryant Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

The remaining entrants in the Northbound Pride are Vicar's Daughter, Legendary Smile, Frontier Franny, Shadow Dance, Secret Lies, No. One Suspect, Cervesa Lite, and Tuff Justice.