05/15/2006 11:00PM

Much to like in Seeking Shelter


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Seeking Shelter has a lot of positives going for him in Thursday's sixth race at Woodbine, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance for 3-year-olds, and probably deserves top billing.

Trained by Malcolm Pierce, Seeking Shelter won his maiden on the grass in his second start at 2. He then finished a close second in the restricted Simcoe Stakes to Edenwold, who won the Sovereign Award for champion 2-year-old.

Seeking Shelter was put away for the year after faring poorly on turf in the Oct. 16 Cup and Saucer Stakes. He reappeared in a seven-furlong allowance April 29, finishing second to a sharp Shillelagh Slew, who looks like a serious contender for the June 25 Queen's Plate.

Pierce has won with five of his last six runners who have made their second start following a layoff of over six months. He also had a 26 percent win rate with horses making their second appearance of the Woodbine meeting in 2004-05.

Other possibilities include L'Argent and Initforthemoney.

L'Argent, a son of Silver Deputy, cost $230,000 as a 2-year-old. He made his debut in a five-furlong race in October and won with the aid of a speed bias, earning a 74 Beyer.

L'Argent wintered at Payson Park in Florida with trainer Gail Casselman-Cox, who saddled him in a fourth-place finish in the March 20 OBS Sprint Stakes at the Ocala Training Center.

Casselman-Cox said she believes the track conditions did not favor L'Argent in the OBS Sprint.

"It was a very funny track," Casselman-Cox said. "It was deep and sandy and was certainly much better on the outside than on the inside. He did everything right and was pressed the whole way along the inside."

L'Argent set the pace before fading to fourth in the six-furlong Woodstock Stakes here April 22.

Initforthemoney has made all eight of his starts against Ontario-sired opposition. After running second in the Frost King Stakes, he scored a 3 3/4-length maiden win Dec. 1 and earned an 81 Beyer.

Initforthemoney had a troubled break before finishing third as the favorite in his season opener. Nine days later, he enjoyed a sloppy track that favored speed in another allowance and scored over Pyramid Park.