09/04/2005 11:00PM

Pierce takes two shots on turf


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Malcolm Pierce, who has torn a swath through the Woodbine turf scene this summer, will send

out two fillies - Foofaraw and Magnificentaproval - in Wednesday's feature, a seven-furlong preliminary allowance.

Foofaraw is winless in seven starts this year, but she managed to record back-to-back runner-up placings at Fair Grounds in February and March. She was fourth here in three consecutive starts in the spring and early summer, including the 6 1/2-furlong Alywow Stakes, but is coming off a poor showing over yielding ground.

Foofaraw is shortening up to the distance of her only victory, with accomplished turf rider Jono Jones picking up the mount. Jones and Pierce are a combined 4 for 15 at the meeting.

Magnificentaproval received a Beyer Figure of 81 when she wired maiden special weight foes going six furlongs in her next-to-last race. She was made the favorite most recently in a six-furlong allowance, and staggered home fifth after surrendering a clear lead in late stretch.

Magnificentaproval is a half-sister to a pair of graded turf stakes winners, Revved Up and Miesque's Approval. Revved Up won Monday's Grade 2 Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap here.

Todd Kabel, who has ridden 9 winners from 21 starts at the meeting for Pierce, has the mount.

Other contenders include Alaya, Princess Avalon, and Chick.

Alaya placed in two consecutive maiden special weight sprints over this course earlier this summer, before winning at six furlongs with a 79 Beyer on July 29. She has worked quickly in the interim for trainer Reade Baker, who has been clicking with a high percentage of his short-term layoff runners.

Two fillies from Alaya's maiden triumph - Gem Fire and Repeat Edition - came back to beat $40,000 maidens.

Princess Avalon has won 2 of her 6 starts this year, including a decisive score over $50,000 claimers going a mile July 20. Most recently, she ran flat over yielding ground in a 1 1/16-mile allowance, and trainer Sid Attard is undoubtedly hoping for firm turf Wednesday.

Chick wound up third in each of her first two starts on the grass, including a tough July 7 maiden race. The winner, Invitational, came back to finish second in the Wonder Where Stakes.

Chick won her maiden on the main track in a mediocre clocking a month ago, and is probably at her best on the grass.