09/15/2003 11:00PM

Irish Glora to try Taylor again


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Somewhat lost in the excitement surrounding last Sunday's Atto Mile was the strong performance of Inish Glora in the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap.

An Ontario-bred 5-year-old owned by Bob Costigan and trained here by Mac Benson, Inish Glora ran the race of her career in the $309,000 Canadian, turning back the talented shipper Volga to take the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Inish Glora began her career at Hastings with trainer Kathy Bremner and shipped east for the first time in 2001, finishing fourth in the Wonder Where Stakes and third in a classified allowance in her first two starts on grass.

After racing at Hastings and Emerald Downs in the spring and summer of 2002, Inish Glora returned to Ontario for the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, where she finished last of six. She then stayed here with Benson, for whom she ran competitively in her final three starts of the campaign.

This year, however, has been by far her best as she has blossomed on the turf. Inish Glora won the 1 1/16-mile Victoriana two starts prior to her Canadian success.

"She's gotten older and stronger," said Benson. "Before, she always had to ship in here to run. Now, she's on her home grounds and she seems to be a little more content."

Benson also believes credit still is due to Bremner for Inish Glora's current status.

"She did a very good job," said Benson. "The filly always looked good, and she wouldn't be as good as she was now if it wasn't for the preparation she put into her."

Inish Glora now will be pointed for another run at the $750,000 E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares here Oct. 19.

"She's been racing pretty hard," said Benson, who believes the time between starts will be to Inish Glora's benefit. "I think that will be perfect for her."

Long overdue Miss Crissy connects

Miss Crissy, who had experienced more than her share of bad luck this season, finally had things go her way here last Saturday while recording her first stakes win of the year in the $137,125 La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

"This filly should have won a stakes a long time ago," said Emile Allain, who trains Miss Crissy for Harlequin Ranches, "but something always had to happen."

Miss Crissy's litany of misfortunes included being hit with a rival rider's whip when second, beaten a nose, in the June 29 Ontario Damsel; bumping with a foe when finishing second, beaten a length, in the July 16 Passing Mood; and having to check when ending third (moved up to second via disqualification), beaten a length, in the Aug. 9 Duchess.

So when the inquiry sign went up following the La Prevoyante, and the claim was against Miss Crissy, Allain admitted to being a bit nervous.

"I thought, 'Now what?' " said the trainer.

Miss Crissy won two stakes last year and was a Sovereign Award finalist in her division. Unlike many of her Canadian-bred peers, whose campaigns were geared towards the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, Miss Crissy was kept sprinting.

"The thing I was a bit leery about was the distance," said Allain. "That's why I kept her short all summer. Now, she's proven she can go at least a mile around one turn. I think, eventually, she'll go two turns on the dirt."

Miss Crissy could have tried 1 1/16 miles on the main track in the Sept. 27 La Lorgnette but Allain did not nominate her to the race.

"I didn't make her eligible, purposely," said Allain. "I didn't want to be tempted, and run her back too soon. There are two or three more possible dances for her here this season."

Those potential races are the Carotene, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles Oct. 13; the Deputy Minister, a seven-furlong dirt race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds of both sexes Oct. 15; and the Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong dirt race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies Nov. 2.

"She's a decent filly, at least at this level," said Allain. "She'll run the same race, regardless of whether it's grass or dirt."

Pants N Kisses heads to Hastings

Pants N Kisses worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 on the muddy training track here Tuesday and is slated to ship out Thursday for the Grade 2, $250,000 British Columbia Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race at Hastings on Sunday.

Owned by his trainer, Dave Cotey, in partnership with Hugh Galbraith and Derek Ball, Pants N Kisses became a stakes winner in the 1 1/8-mile Victoria Park here June 8.

Pants N Kisses will be ridden by Gerry Olguin.