07/02/2001 11:00PM

Inish Gloria looks tough off last two


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Inish Glora looks like a solid favorite over four other 3-year-old fillies in a $50,000 optional race set for 1 1/16 miles this Wednesday evening at Hastings Park.

Inish Glora, who races for Robert Costigan, is coming into Wednesday's race off of a very good effort in the 1 1/16-mile Liberation Stakes June 17. It was her first try with stakes fillies, and Inish Glora finished a length behind Lady's Jewel, just a neck and a head away from finishing second. In her previous start she finished second to Catahoula Rose at this distance and condition on May 21. If she runs back to either of those races she figures to be very tough to beat here, but her trainer Kathy Bremner is hoping for an even better performance., noting that jockey Fernando Serna "said that she was paying too much attention to him and not what was happening in front of her."

"We're going to experiment with blinkers and see if it helps." Bremner is also adding Lasix and would have liked to have worked her at least once using both Lasix and blinkers before she ran. "She was scheduled to work the other day but the race came up as an extra and the timing of it is perfect leading up to the Nanaimo," on July 22.

The others in the field would have to improve dramatically to beat her, but that's possible when 3-year-old fillies stretch out for the first time. Adelle is still a maiden, but she is bred to run all day long and she came within 1 1/2 lengths of Inish Glora in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race May 5. "It's hard to get a maiden race to go long around here, and that's clearly what she wants to do," said her trainer, Mel Snow.