11/02/2005 12:00AM

'Enchantment' in good spot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sheer Enchantment seeks her second victory at the $62,500 allowance/optional claiming level Friday at Woodbine in a 1 1/16-mile grass race for fillies and mares.

Sheer Enchantment had a productive 3-year-old campaign last year, finishing third in the Wonder Where Stakes and fifth in the Flaming Page Stakes. She won her third outing this year convincingly, closing wide from well off moderate fractions to prevail by nearly five lengths in an Ontario-sired allowance.

Sheer Enchantment skipped a condition when she doubled up in her next-to-last start against $62,500 rivals, coming from nearly 10 lengths off a lively pace to win with ease. She wasn't quite as sharp most recently, in her second try at the 1 1/2-mile Flaming Page, but managed to salvage third after rallying belatedly from far off a hot pace.

Ray Sabourin, who was aboard for Sheer Enchantment's most recent win, has the mount Friday for trainer Abraham Katryan. That combination is a very respectable 9 for 40 at the meeting.

Among the others entered in Friday's feature are Princess Avalon, Extra Bases, Larry's Smile, Si Si Amiga, and Vaganova.

Princess Avalon was unsuccessful at the first allowance category in the summer, but has won three middle claimers on the grass at this stand. Perhaps her best effort was an authoritative win over $50,000 foes going a mile July 20, for which she received a career-high Beyer Figure of 83.

Extra Bases captured a 1 1/16-mile preliminary allowance over yielding ground in August, before finishing fifth in the Ontario Colleen Handicap. Last time out in a $62,500 sprint, she closed mildly from off a tepid pace for second.

Larry's Smile was competitive in two consecutive $62,500 optional claimers going 1 1/16 miles in August and September, including a runner-up finish behind Sheer Enchantment. Larry's Smile then failed to stay the marathon distance in the Flaming Page, and was recently a troubled sixth in a $50,000 claimer won by Princess Avalon.

Si Si Amiga mounted an eye-catching wide rally on the far turn en route to an impressive allowance score going a mile at Gulfstream in January. Si Si Amiga never ran again until Oct. 8, finishing a nonthreatening fifth as the favorite in a turf sprint.

Vaganova, a nicely bred daughter of Nureyev, returned from a two-year layoff in June with a second-place finish at the first allowance category. She scored by daylight as the favorite despite skipping a condition on July 23, but has not finished better than third in four subsequent starts.