09/21/2001 11:00PM

Fly for Avie may be done


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Fly for Avie, who was looking to become a repeat winner in next Sunday's Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, will miss the race due to a freak accident and probably is headed back to the breeding shed.

David Bell, who trains the 6-year-old Fly for Avie for owner Ivan Dalos, said the mare was found lame in her stall during a routine evening inspection earlier this week.

"She must have got cast," said Bell. "She hurt herself behind. I just don't feel we can go into the E.P. Taylor if she's not 100 percent; it's not a race to do that with."

Fly for Avie followed up her Taylor score here last fall with a creditable sixth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs and then was retired and bred to Theatrical. But she lost the foal during last winter's mare reproductive loss syndrome epidemic in Kentucky and was sent back to Bell here early this summer with the Taylor as her objective.

Fly for Avie prepped for the Taylor with a seventh-place finish in the Sept. 9 Canadian Handicap and Bell said she subsequently had been training well prior to this week's misfortune.

Free Vacation looks sharp

Free Vacation, Canada's champion turf filly of 1999, is on track for her appearance in the $500,000 E.P. Taylor after breezing six furlongs in 1:14.80 on a good training track turf course here Friday morning. Rachel Halden, assistant to trainer Roger Attfield, was aboard for the drill.

"She's definitely come back to her good form," said Attfield. "She's in excellent shape; she's been running home strong."

Free Vacation will be seeking her third straight win here in next Sunday's Taylor, over 1 1 /4 miles of turf, having captured a classified allowance over that distance and surface and then the Flaming Page, a 1 1/2-mile turf race, for the second straight season. She is scheduled to sell as a racing/broodmare prospect at Keeneland in November.

Clark prefers Diadella

David Clark, who has ridden Free Vacation to her last two victories, has opted to pilot Diadella in the Taylor.

Clark rode Diadella, a 4-year-old trained by Malcolm Pierce, to an upset score in the Grade 2 Canadian over 1 1/8 miles of turf here Sept. 9.

Sweetest Thing preps for Wonder Where

Attfield also will field a leading candidate for next Saturday's Wonder Where Stakes in Sweetest Thing, who defeated males in the Breeders' here last time out.

The Wonder Where, worth $250,000, is a 1 1/4-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Sweetest Thing worked five furlongs on the main track in 1:01 under regular rider Jim McAleney

Poetically, Canada's 2-year-old filly champion breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 on the main track Friday.

Although she also is nominated to the Wonder Where, Poetically is headed for the $100,000 La Lorgnette Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies here Oct. 14.

Stage Classic aims for B.C. Derby

Stage Classic worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on the main track Friday under regular rider Constant Montpellier and is slated to head out Wednesday for Saturday's British Columbia Derby.

"He worked really, really nice and galloped out real good," said trainer Dave Cotey. "You couldn't ask for much more from him."

Stage Classic will be making his third trip of the season to western Canada. He won the Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg and finished second in the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Turf experiment for Inish Glora

Inish Glora, who is coming off a solid effort in the Grade 3 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings Park on Sept. 8, is due to arrive in Ontario early this week with an eye toward next Saturday's Wonder Where.

As a daughter of Regal Classic and the Assert mare, Star Guest, Inish Gloria has some turf in her pedigree and will be trying that surface for the first time in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where.