07/25/2007 12:00AM

Sheer Enchantment prepping


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sheer Enchantment is one of several stakes winners worth considering in Friday's featured third race at Woodbine. The one-mile allowance on turf is a prep for the Aug. 19 Victoriana, a stakes in which Sheer Enchantment finished second last year behind future champion Financingavailable.

Sheer Enchantment's lone stakes victory came last year against males going a mile in the Sept. 4 Halton, which is for graduates of local yearling sales. She also captured an optional claimer on the grass Sept. 22 and was put away for the year after ending up fourth in the Oct. 9 Classy N Smart Stakes on the Polytrack.

Sheer Enchantment closed from off a sleepy pace for fourth in her season opener in the allowance prep for the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes. The favored runner-up, She's Indy Money, subsequently took the Ontario Matron Stakes.

Sheer Enchantment was recently reunited with trainer Abraham Katryan, who sent her out to win a $62,500 optional claimer in 2005. Jono Jones has the mount.

Vestrey Lady led throughout two open stakes last year, the seven-furlong Duchess on the dirt and the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette on the Polytrack. She ran the race of her life in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes in October at Keeneland, ending up second after hitting the front in deep stretch. She was second behind Kimchi in the 2006 Sovereign Award voting for champion 3-year-old filly.

Vestrey Lady is winless in four starts this year, the first a third-place finish in a five-furlong turf allowance at Gulfstream. She was recently second in the Sweet Briar Too Stakes to Arden Belle, who was subsequently beaten by a neck in the Ontario Matron.

London Snow captured two restricted stakes in 2006, the Lady Angela on dirt and the one-mile La Prevoyante on the grass. She capped her 2005 campaign by running second to the talented Strike Softly in the Jammed Lovely Stakes.

London Snow didn't appear to handle a loose Polytrack, which had lots of kickback, when fifth in her April 27 season opener in an optional claimer. Going back to the grass following a three-month layoff could be just what the doctor ordered.

Stadore won a listed stakes over soft ground while carrying 125 pounds in her native France in 2005. She has struggled since taking her North American debut in an $80,000 optional claimer at Churchill in May 2006, and is making her first start for trainer Mark Casse.