09/15/2004 11:00PM

Inish Glora works swiftly for Canadian


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Inish Glora worked a sharp four furlongs here at Woodbine on Thursday morning as she prepared to defend her title in Sunday's Grade 2, $250,000 Canadian Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race that is a supporting feature on the Atto Mile card.

With assistant trainer Barbara Przedrzymirska in the irons, Inish Glora was clocked in 46.20 seconds on the fast main track, the quickest of 14 works at the distance.

"She's always a good work horse," said Przedrzymirska. "I know her like a book. I've galloped her since she came here."

Inish Glora, a 6-year-old owned by Bob Costigan, originally was based in Vancouver with trainer Kathy Benson but stayed here with Mac Benson after competing in the E.P. Taylor Stakes in the fall of 2002.

"That's the quickest she's ever worked," said Benson, as he grazed Inish Glora following her exercise. "But she did it very easily; that was the thing that was so impressive."

Inish Glora, Canada's champion turf mare last year, is in the midst of another fine season and the Canadian could serve as her stepping-stone to another crack at the Grade 1, $750,000 E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares here Oct. 24.

Benson, however, prefers to concentrate on the matter at hand

"Right now, we'll try to get through this race," said Benson. "She's been a great filly."

Inish Glora will have to be at her best Sunday, with talented locally based rivals such as Mona Rose and Classic Stamp and a possible quartet of shippers expected to be in the Canadian lineup.

Madeira Mist, who shipped here in July 2003 and won the Grade 3 Dance Smartly over 1 1/8 miles of turf, arrived at Woodbine early Thursday morning.

Based at Saratoga with trainer Christophe Clement, Madeira Mist won a one-mile turf allowance there Aug. 27. She will be ridden by Corey Nakatani, who also has picked up the mount on Perfect Soul for the Atto Mile.

Clement and Nakatani won the 2002 Canadian with Calista.

The other prospective American invaders for the Canadian are Binya, Noisette, and Spin Control.

Binya, a 5-year-old who began her career in Europe, won the Grade 3 The Very One over 1 3/8 miles of turf at Gulfstream last winter. She is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and will be ridden by Richard Migliore, who also will team up with Millennium Dragon for the Atto Mile.

Noisette, a 4-year-old, is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 3 All Along, a 1 1/8-mile turf race at Colonial Downs. She is trained by Bill Mott and will be ridden by Heberto Castillo Jr., who also will be aboard Paiota Falls for Mott in Saturday's La Lorgnette.

Spin Control, a 4-year-old, finished third in the Grade 3 Matchmaker over 1 1/8 miles of turf last time out. She is trained by Graham Motion and will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez, who also has the call on Christine's Outlaw for the Atto Mile.

Three U.S. runners in Summer

The field for the Summer Stakes, Sunday's other Grade 2, $250,000 supporting feature, is expected to include three American invaders.

Dubleo, winner of the Continental Mile on Monmouth Park's turf course last time out, and Copyco, beaten three lengths as the fifth-place finisher there, are slated for the Summer along with Elusive Thunder, who is coming off a maiden win over a mile and 70 yards at Monmouth.

The Summer will be run over one mile of turf.

Both Dubleo and Copyco are trained by Todd Pletcher, who also has Kathir in the Atto Mile. Migliore has picked up the mount on Dubleo.

Pletcher won the 2002 Summer with Lismore Knight.

Elusive Thunder, trained by Derek Ryan, will be ridden by Dominguez.

Barbados Day festivities

Saturday will be Barbados Day here at Woodbine, featuring food, drink, and entertainment from the island nation. There also will be a free drawing for a trip to two to Barbados.

The highlight of the afternoon will be the first Barbados Day Jockey Challenge.

Patrick Husbands, Simon Husbands, Jono Jones, and Slade Callaghan will make up Team Barbados, with Todd Kabel, Jim McAleney, Robert Landry, and Constant Montpellier starting for Team Canada.

Points will be awarded on a 5-3-2-1 basis to the top four finishers in each race.

Following the conclusion of the card, each team's total will be divided by the total number of mounts and the team with the highest average will be declared the winner.

* Corey Fraser, sidelined since suffering two cracked bones in his left hand as the result of a spill here Aug. 15, returned to the saddle Thursday morning and is expected to resume riding next Wednesday. Fraser is the leading apprentice here with 32 victories.