08/17/2006 11:00PM

Financingavailable tough on the drop

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Financingavailable should be tough going from open to restricted company in Sunday's $125,000 Victoriana Stakes at Woodbine. The 1 1/16-mile grass race has lured seven other Ontario-sired fillies and mares, including Top Ten List.

Financingavailable has scored only once in nine grass starts, but some of her more memorable efforts came on the turf, most notably the 2004 La Prevoyante Stakes, which she narrowly lost after dueling with Blonde Executive from start to finish.

Financingavailable lowered Woodbine's seven-furlong main track record two starts ago, when she won the Sweet Briar Too Stakes in 1:20.49. She fired again last time out going six furlongs on the grass, in the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes, but lost by a neck after blowing a clear lead in deep stretch.

"She drifted out the last part of the race," said trainer Lorne Richards. "If she had kept a straight course, she might have gotten there.

I can't be too disappointed."

Richards had previously entered Financingavailable in the Ontario Matron Stakes, which was canceled and rescheduled. He said the Royal North was an afterthought.

"We never intended to go there, but it got to be so far between races, and I never got a chance to breeze her," Richards explained. "The weather was so [bad] that I couldn't do anything with her between races."

Financingavailable is returning on 12 days' rest in the Victoriana, a timetable that was successful for her in the past.

"It's coming back a little quick, but then I don't have to do as much with her between races," Richards said. "I'm hoping it's an easier race than the last one."

Top Ten List faded to finish third after setting the pace as the favorite in last year's Victoriana, when she was a 3-year-old facing her elders.

Top Ten List wound up sixth in each of her first two races this year. She rebounded with an easy victory under Corey Fraser in the five-furlong Rainbow Connection Stakes on July 23 at Fort Erie.

"She handled things very well at Fort Erie," said trainer Bob Tiller. "She relaxed early, and ran down the speed. Corey rode her super."

Arctic Laur, who is unbeaten in two grass starts, defeated Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies most recently in the seven-furlong Passing Mood Stakes.

Coastal Fortress, who has never competed on the grass, is also entered in Saturday's Belle Mahone Stakes on the inner dirt track.

Sheer Enchantment could pose a late threat in her second start off the sidelines.