09/13/2006 11:00PM

Passing Mood's top two meet again


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Arctic Laur and Executive Flight, the first two finishers in the July 26 Passing Mood Stakes, will clash again Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes, a one-mile grass race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

The card also includes the $125,000 Swynford, for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs.

Arctic Laur was claimed for a bargain $20,000 last October by trainer Sid Attard for owner Tony Gaito. She didn't find her niche until Attard put her on the grass July 1, when she won a restricted allowance by a nose over 4-year-old Dame Eliza.

Arctic Laur defeated Ontario-sired 3-year-olds with a wide rally in the seven-furlong Passing Mood. She struggled against older Ontario-sired opponents most recently in the Victoriana Stakes, trailing in a seven-horse field.

Attard said he was puzzled by Arctic Laur's performance in the Victoriana.

"I don't know what happened," Attard said. "She never ran an inch. It was a very tough race and I didn't expect her to win, but I thought she'd run a good race."

Attard said he was pleased with Arctic Laur's five-furlong grass in work in 59.80 seconds under jockey James McKnight on Sept. 8.

Executive Flight, trained by Darwin Banach for owner Bill Sorokolit Jr., won two straight Ontario-sired allowances in the spring. After ending up third in the Lady Angela Stakes, she finished fifth in the Woodbine Oaks and the Ontario Damsel Stakes.

Executive Flight was beaten three-quarters of a length after a wide stalking trip in the Passing Mood. She was favored in her last appearance, going 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in the Eternal Search Stakes, and wound up third after encountering traffic problems.

Archeress and London Snow are also in the seven-horse field.

Archeress finished fifth in the Passing Mood after lacking running room in the stretch. She won a restricted allowance going six furlongs on July 2, but her most recent effort, in open allowance company, seemed subpar.

Formerly a front-runner, Archeress developed a closing style after blinkers were removed from her equipment in the spring, trainer Mike DePaulo said.

"Ever since we took the blinkers off, she's been more laid-back," he said.

London Snow, who won the May 27 Lady Angela at seven furlongs on the main track, was fourth in the Passing Mood in her turf debut. She blew a clear lead in the stretch last time out in the Eternal Search and wound up second to Questuary.