06/24/2001 11:00PM

Red Satin Slippers appears a good fit


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Red Satin Slippers, a bang-up second last time out in the Carotene Stakes, deserves top billing as she takes on entry-level allowance opposition in Wednesday's Woodbine feature.

A field of 12 fillies and mares will line up in the seven-furlong turf dash, which carries a purse of $52,800.

Red Satin Slippers ran in some difficult races, such as the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, as a 3-year-old in 2000, when she was victorious in just one of 10 starts. She was fourth in two turf stakes, the 6 1/2-furlong Ontario Damsel and the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where, and graduated in the spring in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special.

Red Satin Slippers tried the dirt in her April 7 seasonal debut, but was beaten nearly 13 lengths. She was absent until the June 16 Carotene, a one-mile grass event, and took little support, sent off at 15-1.

Favored Bristol Pistol rallied from left field to take the Carotene, but Red Satin Slippers finished just 1 3/4 lengths in arrears after leading the way on the turn. Left in her wake was the well-regarded Chicago shipper Great Fever, who finished third

Red Satin Slippers shouldn't mind turning back to seven furlongs on Wednesday, but running back in just 11 days is cause for some concern, since a bounce is possible.

James McKnight, who won Sunday's Grade 2 Nearctic Handicap on the grass aboard Mr. Epperson, retains the mount on Red Satin Slippers. Laurie Silvera trains for owner-breeders Jeff and Jane Wooder.

Rounding out the field are Tricky Nicki, Ritual Silence, Our Memory, Knight Dancer, Queen of the Sea, Topsy Morning, Vacuna, Band Lady, Found Treasure, Matilda Dancer and La Stuck on the also-eligible list are Amy's Believer and Born Bossy.

Ritual Silence has taken numerous cracks at this condition and has hit the board several times, which includes back-to-back runner-up finishes in the fall. She would prefer a longer distance, but could still be closing for a share.

Irish import Topsy Morning is an unknown commodity in her first attempt with Lasix, which is a successful angle with European runners who venture across the Atlantic. She was good enough to finish third in a listed stakes at Leopardstown nearly a year ago, but has generally been in poor form ever since. Phil Gracey trains.