11/03/2004 1:00AM

Inish Glora headed to breeding shed


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Inish Glora's racing days have come to an end.

Inish Glora, an Ontario-bred 6-year-old, was Canada's champion turf filly or mare last season and is a candidate for that honor again this year.

Owned by Bob Costigan, Inish Glora began her career in Vancouver with trainer Kathy Bremner but stayed here with Mac Benson after making her second trip to Woodbine in the fall of 2002.

In her first full campaign here, Inish Glora won 3 of 6 starts, including the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap and the restricted Victoriana Stakes, earning $359,667.

This year, Inish Glora scored in three of her five races, including the Grade 3 Nassau and a repeat in the Victoriana, collecting $433,730.

She had been entered in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor here Oct. 24 but was scratched on the day of the race.

"We just decided she'd had enough," said Benson. "She's been showing a little bit more wear and tear with each race.

"I thought I could make the E.P. Taylor, but she wasn't 100 percent. I'd never take a chance with her; she's been too good to us."

Inish Glora is at Windfields Farm in nearby Oshawa, winding down for her new career as a broodmare. She has a date with the stallion Gone West in Kentucky next spring and retires with a record of nine wins, 22 in-the-money finishes, and earnings of $977,618 from 32 starts.

Road trip to Kentucky for Classic Stamp

Classic Stamp and Mona Rose, also leading contenders for Sovereign Award filly and mare turf honors, both were nominated to Saturday's $97,000 River Memories, but only Mona Rose is scheduled to participate.

Classic Stamp is headed for Churchill Downs and the Grade 3, $150,000 Cardinal Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares Nov. 20.

The 4-year Classic Stamp won the Canadian and then finished third, beaten just three-quarters of a length, in the E.P. Taylor.

"Going back so soon wouldn't be the right thing to do," trainer Cliff Hopmans said of the decision to pass on the River Memories.

Mona Rose, a 4-year-old who finished 2 1/4 lengths behind Classic Stamp as the fifth-place finisher in the Taylor, became a stakes winner in the Dance Smartly and also captured the restricted Belle Geste.

"She seems to be getting better than ever, with the cooler weather," said trainer Earl Barnett.

The River Memories, a one-mile turf stakes that will be the supporting feature on the next-to-last scheduled day of grass racing at the meeting, is an overnight race and would not be carded without sufficient entrants.

With 28 nominees, the River Memories seems likely to go but there is always the possibility that the race could be taken off the turf, as it was last fall.

Surging River heads Labeeb probables

Sunday's Labeeb, another $97,000 overnight stakes for 3-year-olds and upward at one mile, is slated to be the final turf stakes of the 2004 meeting.

Heading the prospective field for the Labeeb, which attracted 29 nominees, is Surging River, who is back at Woodbine after finishing last of nine in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 9.

Surging River, trained by Mark Frostad, won the restricted With Approval here at 1 1/8 miles on turf and later finished a close fourth in the Grade 1 Atto Mile.

Silver Ticket, another turf specialist for Frostad, also was nominated to the Labeeb but is slated to make his next appearance in the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds at Churchill on Nov. 14.

Silver Ticket is coming off a good third-place finish in his last start at Keeneland in the one-mile Storm Cat following a nine-week layoff.

French Lieutenant, a Labeeb nominee, also is slated to make his next appearance at Churchill. His target is the Grade 3, $150,000 River City, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward on Nov. 21.

Soaring Free gets a vacation

Soaring Free and Strut the Stage, the Sam-Son colorbearers on last Saturday's Breeders' Cup card at Lone Star Park, were in Kentucky on Wednesday but will be heading in different directions.

Soaring Free, a good fourth while beaten just 2 1/4 lengths in the Mile, is going to the farm in Florida and should return to action at Keeneland next spring.

"He ran a great race," said Frostad. "If the turf had been firm, he would have had an even better chance. Who would have thought Texas would have come up with soft turf at this time of year?"

Soaring Free, a 6-year-old gelding, should dominate the voting in the older turf male Sovereign Award category this year.

Strut the Stage, seventh of eight in the Turf, is returning to Woodbine and could continue his campaign at Fair Grounds this fall. He was sent to Lone Star in search of firm turf after being under consideration for the Canadian International.