07/04/2004 11:00PM

'La Salle' drops from stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes-placed fillies La Salle Glory and Swift of Flight should be well-backed in Wednesday's third race at Woodbine, a six-furlong first-level allowance on the grass.

La Salle Glory, owned and trained by Bev Buck, was second in the Juvenile Stakes at Fort Erie last year. She raced on the grass in her two starts this year, the first of which was a second in a May 30 allowance.

La Salle Glory was stuck with post 11 last time out, in the 6 1/2-furlong Alywow Stakes. She raced wide throughout in a stalking position and flattened out in the final furlong to end up six lengths back in sixth.

Todd Kabel, Woodbine's leading turf rider, retains the mount on La Salle Glory, who should be tough in her third 2004 appearance.

Swift of Flight, a Mark Frostad-trained 4-year-old, finished second in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at 2. She won one of her three outings last year, and she resurfaced at the Fair Grounds following a long layoff in February, finishing second in a turf allowance. She disappointed in her next two races, but is coming off a third-place finish here on the turf.

Swift of Flight hails from a talent-laden Sam-Son Farm family. Her dam is a half-sister to Fly Smartly, winner of the Grade 3 Connaught Cup Stakes. Her second dam, Spinnakers Flying, won two turf stakes, and is a half-sister to four turf stakes winners, including millionaire Desert Waves.

Stakes winner Megan's Appeal, trained by Kevin Attard, is in Wednesday's fourth race, another six-furlong allowance for fillies and mares, which is a split of the third race.

Megan's Appeal won her maiden second time out last year, in the restricted Shady Well Stakes. After finishing seventh against males in the Aug. 17 Vandal Stakes, she took the rest of the year off.

Megan's Appeal finished fourth and eighth in two allowance outings over the winter at Gulfstream, and was unplaced in her two starts at this meeting.

Megan's Appeal will try to turn her fortunes around in her first grass attempt on Wednesday. A daughter of Gold Case, she doesn't have much grass breeding, although that isn't a prerequisite for successfully handling the expansive E.P. Taylor turf course.

Shaunavon should be favored in the fourth race off her first-out maiden score on turf June 4, when she ran six furlongs in a quick 1:09.