09/01/2003 12:00AM

Norfolk Knight in sharp form


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Norfolk Knight looks ready to win his third race Wednesday in a $63,500 entry-level allowance race at seven furlongs.

In his second start, Norfolk Knight ran second over a sloppy track against Ontario-sired maiden special weight company June 4. He won just eight days later, taking an open company maiden special weight race in the mud with ease.

Norfolk Knight promptly won again in an Ontario-sired allowance race June 22, winning by 4 1/2 lengths while earning a career-high 87 Beyer Speed Figure. He was ambitiously spotted 10 days later, in the Overskate Stakes, and didn't disgrace himself finishing fifth, with stakes winner Forever Grand behind him.

Norfolk Knight finished fifth in his first race around two turns, in a July 25 allowance. He bounced back most recently Aug. 10, finishing a closing second in a seven-furlong allowance race.

Apprentice Jill Scharfstein has the mount for trainer Hugo Dittfach.

Also entered in Wednesday's feature are Jet Black Cadi, Selective Wisdom, Devil's Scripture, Windsor Lodge, Thank You Sir, Sovereign Attire, Festy Eskimo, and B.C. West.

Thank You Sir's current form looks pretty solid if you throw out his two turf races. He raced evenly to finish third three starts back in the 1 1/16-mile Addison Stakes at Fort Erie, and is probably at his best as a closing sprinter.

Thank You Sir, winless in five starts this year, has put a small dent in trainer Reade Baker's impressive 30-percent win rate at this meet. His lifetime record of 2-6-6 in 24 starts strongly suggests that he's a viable candidate for the bottom of exotic bets.

Windsor Lodge, a $400,000 2-year-old purchase by Eugene Melnyk, will be making his first start for new trainer Mark Casse.

Windsor Lodge hasn't accomplished much since winning his maiden first time out as a 2-year-old, in the spring of 2002 at Belmont, when he beat eventual stakes winner Whywhywhy. He has worked quickly for his first appearance since a dismal showing in a March 1 allowance race at Gulfstream.

Selective Wisdom received an 86 Beyer when he beat $40,000 conditioned claimers after pressing a slow pace Aug. 10. His inconsistency is his trademark, but he could be competitive with these on his best day.

Sovereign Attire, a 5-year-old with hanging tendencies, is shortening up in distance following a series of in-the-money finishes. He has hit the board in 6 of 7 starts at seven furlongs, without a win.