07/31/2004 12:00AM

Hour of Justice in peak form


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hour of Justice, a handy winner of an allowance prep last time out, should be favored in Monday's Grade 3, $167,550 Royal North Handicap, a six-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares at Woodbine.

Hour of Justice, victorious in the 2003 Alywow Stakes, has lost only twice in seven career starts. Owned by Stronach Stable, Hour of Justice finished second to Grade 3 winner Shaconage in the 2003 Ontario Colleen Handicap, and was also second to the talented sprinter Winter Garden in last year's Star Shoot Stakes.

After being trained by Reade Baker in 2002-03, Hour of Justice was turned over to trainer Mike Keogh this year. In her only start for Keogh, she won the prep for the Royal North while running six furlongs in 1:08.80, which was good for a Beyer Figure of 93.

Keogh felt Hour of Justice was plenty fit for the prep. "I'd already entered her in a couple of races that never went," Keogh said. "She was more or less ready before that race, anyway. She ran to her works."

Keogh was elated with the way Hour of Justice worked three-quarters in 1:12.40 over the turf training course on July 25. "She had a lovely breeze," he said. "I think she's a really nice filly."

Todd Kabel, who was aboard for that work, retains the mount on Hour of Justice.

Boozin' Susan, based in Maryland with trainer Michael Dickinson, is among three American invaders in the nine-horse field, along with With Patience and Glowing Breeze.

Boozin' Susan, who is winless in four outings this year, was beaten just a nose by Dyna Da Wyna when second in the 5 1/2-furlong Stravinsky Stakes at Keeneland in April. She subsequently finished third in the five-furlong The Very One Handicap at Pimlico, and was recently a troubled sixth in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park.

Boozin' Susan shortens up from 1 1/16 miles on Monday, and should be well suited to six furlongs.

With Patience ships in off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 All Along BC Stakes at Colonial Downs. Prior to that, she took the restricted Somethingroyal Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs at Colonial.

Glowing Breeze is trained by Graham Motion, who won two consecutive runnings of the Royal North with Confessional in 2000 and 2001.

Glowing Breeze won a second-level allowance sprint on the grass June 3 at Pimlico, and is coming off a third-place finish in the Buckland Stakes at Colonial. Her best career Beyer is only an 82.