11/23/2005 1:00AM

Class drop should do it for 'Shelter'

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Seeking Shelter, a solid second behind the multiple stakes winner Edenwold in the seven-furlong Muskoka here Sept. 4, appears to have found a favorable spot in an entry-level allowance Friday at Woodbine.

The 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds offers a purse of $62,800 and attracted a field of six, four of whom also were nominated to Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Display.

Seeking Shelter, an Ontario-bred colt owned by Pin Oak Stable and trained by Malcolm Pierce, won his maiden over 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in his start prior to the Muskoka and returned to the turf for the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer last time out. Solidly supported in the Cup and Saucer at 9-2, Seeking Shelter finished 11th in the field of 13 Canadian-breds.

"He had popped a little quarter crack coming into the Cup and Saucer; that was the whole scenario there," said Pierce. "He never picked up the bridle that day, which was quite unusual for him."

Seeking Shelter has worked well since the Oct. 16 Cup and Saucer, including five furlongs in 1:00.60 last Thursday. There is plenty of speed in this lineup and Seeking Shelter should be able to resort to a stalking trip as he breaks from post 5 under returning rider Jono Jones.

Ashlee's Cat, Dakota Freeway, and Storm Caller also were nominated to the Display but have opted for Friday's allowance, the first race.

Ashlee's Cat is shortening up after fading to finish seventh of 11 in the Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-breds here Nov. 10. Richard Dos Ramos again gets the call on Ashlee's Cat, who worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 here Sunday.

Dakota Freeway, coming off a maiden $50,000 claiming victory over seven furlongs, will have a new rider in apprentice Emma Wilson.

Storm Caller and L'Argent each will be making his second start after scoring impressively in a maiden special weight sprint. Jim McAleney retains the mount on Storm Caller, whose win came at six furlongs. Todd Kabel will be back aboard L'Argent, who won at five furlongs.

Rounding out the field is Ballado Dancer, who has finished second in his last two starts, having been run down late on each occasion. Bear Character took the measure of Ballado Dancer in the seven-furlong Swynford, then Believer's War kicked past him in a first-level allowance at six furlongs.

Ballado Dancer, who is making his fifth start and is trained by Mark Casse, will race without blinkers for the first time since his debut.