10/16/2007 12:00AM

La Salle Glory strong on turf or Poly

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - La Salle Glory rarely gets much respect in the wagering, but she usually puts forth a competitive performance and should be a player in Thursday's Woodbine feature, regardless of the surface.

The $80,000, third-level optional claimer is scheduled for seven furlongs on the grass, but there is rain in the forecast and it wouldn't be surprising to see the race moved to the Polytrack.

La Salle Glory, a 6-year-old mare, has banked $462,103 for owner-trainer Bev Buck. Her lone speck of black type came when she ran second in the minor Juvenile Stakes at 2.

La Salle Glory finished first in three of her four most recent outings, beginning with a 23-1 score against $62,500 opposition in a Polytrack sprint Aug. 4. Two weeks later, she crossed the wire on top in a $62,500 optional claimer on the grass, but was disqualified and placed sixth for interference. She was dismissed at 20-1 in the latter event, for which she earned a lifetime-best 92 Beyer Speed Figure.

La Salle Glory had excuses in her subpar showing on the grass Sept. 8. Heading into the turn in a duel for the lead, she bumped with that rival and began to retreat in the final furlong to finish sixth, but was not badly beaten. Her most recent engagement, another $62,500 sprint, was taken off the turf, and she prevailed at 6-1 after vying up front through moderate fractions.

Jono Jones retains the mount on La Salle Glory, who will run with a $77,500 claiming tag.

London Snow has seen better days, but she's dropping from stakes company and should make some noise if the race remains on the turf.

A multiple stakes winner in 2006, London Snow is winless in five starts this year. She was a valiant third behind champion Financingavailable and Executive Flight in the Aug. 19 Victoriana Stakes, but could only manage fourth when favored in the Sept. 3 Halton Stakes. When switching to the Polytrack most recently, she was a well-beaten fifth in the Classy N' Smart Stakes.

Turf specialist Becky Sharp finished third in both the Grade 3 Royal North and Belle Geste stakes in August. Last time out at Thursday's optional claiming level, she blew the break and then rushed up into a stalking position, before weakening to fourth.

Overocks was entered for the Polytrack only.