11/15/2002 12:00AM

Sheila's Prospect isn't done giving


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sheila's Prospect already has been a stirring success story for trainer Lorne Richards and owner K.K. Sangara.

Claimed for $50,000 here Aug. 10, 2001, Sheila's Prospect has gone on to win five races and $269,186 for her current outfit. And Sheila's Prospect could add a climactic chapter here Sunday, when she looks to give Richards and Sangara their first Ontario stakes score in the Bessarabian Handicap.

"I think she'll run pretty good," said Richards, who set up shop here in 2001 after training at Hastings Park for Sangara, who still maintains a division of his barn there.

"She's going in the right direction anyway," Richards said. "She had a bit of a break; she's fresh. That's all you can hope for, right now."

Sheila's Prospect was turned out at nearby Clairhaven Farm following her fourth-place finish here in the Sept. 1 Seaway, which was her stakes debut and ended a three-race winning streak.

"I give them all a break at some point in the year," said Richards. "I don't know how they feel about it, but I don't mind not seeing them for a couple of weeks. You get a new perspective when they come back in."

Sheila's Prospect almost gave Richards a view of the grandstand from the perspective of the infield stakes winner's circle when she ran second, beaten a half-length, in the Oct. 26 Ontario Fashion Handicap.

"She got a little tired," said Richards. "I was looking for an easier spot for her, but there wasn't one."

While the Fashion was at six furlongs, Richards believes Sheila's Prospect will be as comfortable at the Bessarabian's seven-furlong distance.

"I don't think it matters. She's won going six, seven, six and a half," said Richards. "The competition matters more than anything else. I think she's right with the ones that are here."

Richards said he would like to see a fast pace in the Bessarabian. He also was hoping Sheila's Prospect would draw outside in the field of eight, but she drew post 4.

"I don't think she likes it down on the inside," he said. "Even when she's out in front by herself, she likes to run four or five paths out there."

Sheila's Prospect should be stalking the pace of Victory at Sea, an invader who is a threat to get loose on the lead.

Attest eyes Valedictory

Another Richards-Sangara star is Attest, a 6-year-old gelding who has won only twice but has earned $284,288 since being claimed for $62,500 here June 16, 2001.

Attest is coming off a second to Parose, beaten a half-length, in last Saturday's Woodbine Slots Cup. Attest finished second in his stakes debut, in the July 1 Dominion Day Handicap, a Grade 3 race won by invader Bonus Pack.

Attest is nominated to the $125,000 Valedictory Handicap, a 1 3/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward that is one of the Dec. 1 closing-day co-features.

"When I claimed him, if someone had told me he'd run second in two of the biggest dirt races here, I wouldn't have believed them," said Richards.

"And when I claimed Sheila's Prospect, if they'd told me she'd look good in the last [filly-mare sprint] stakes race of the year, I wouldn't have believed them, either.

"Horses seem to get confidence, and it seems to keep rolling."

Lady Shari breezes

Lady Shari breezed five furlongs on a "good" main track in 1:03 under regular rider Constant Montpellier here Friday and is on target for her scheduled appearance in the Grade 2, $250,000 Falls City Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs Nov. 28.

"She went out really strong," said Dave Cotey, who trains Lady Shari and owns the filly in partnership with Hugh Galbraith and Derek Ball. "Constant said she felt absolutely great."

Lady Shari, a contender for Sovereign Award honors in the 3-year-old filly division, is coming off a win against older rivals in the Grade 3 Maple Leaf over 1 1/4 miles here Nov. 2.

The Sovereign Award ballots will be dispatched to voters across Canada on Monday and must be returned by Friday.

Inish Glora gears up for Wednesday

Inish Glora also worked on the main track Friday, going four furlongs in 49 seconds under exercise rider Gaye Lynch, and is slated to run in Wednesday's $125,000 Classy 'n Smart Stakes. The Classy 'n Smart is a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Inish Glora, a 4-year-old who is owned by Robert Costigan and was based at Hastings Park with trainer Kathy Bremner, stayed on here with trainer Mac Benson following her last-place finish in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes.

Since then, Inish Glora has run well, finishing third against males in the Bunty Lawless and fourth in the River Memories. Both races were over a mile on the grass.

"She's doing good," said Benson. "Whether she can handle the dirt as well as the turf remains to be seen."

- Steady Ruckus, who worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on a "good" training track Friday, is among the nominees for both the $125,000 Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upward here Nov. 30, and the Valedictory.

- Jockey Jono Jones will be serving a suspension of three racing days, beginning Sunday. The stewards ruled Jones had come in with his mount, Runaway Love, and interfered with Very Professional near the quarter pole in last Sunday's sixth race. Runaway Love finished second but was disqualified and placed sixth.