06/12/2003 11:00PM

Shipping no problem for Stylish


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Canterbury Park will revive what is arguably its most storied stakes race Sunday when 12 fillies and mares go postward in the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup Stakes at one mile on turf.

Not run since 1998, the Lady Canterbury has provided some of the most outstanding performances in track history, including the 1988 renewal, which featured Bayakoa in a skirmish with the victorious Balbonella, and the 1990 running that showcased millionaire Fieldy.

The Lady Canterbury is one of the high points of the local season along with the $550,000 Claiming Crown July 19 and the Minnesota Festival of Champions for Minnesota-breds Aug. 17.

Stylish, who is owned by The Thoroughbred Corporation, brings the strongest credentials into the Lady Canterbury. A winner of the Grade 3 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs last year, Stylish demonstrated the ability to ship and win when she captured the Rockingham Breeders' Cup last July.

Stylish, a 5-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch bred by the late Allen Paulson, finished a close third in the Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa two starts back. She followed that effort with a solid closing move to finish fourth in the Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill last month despite experiencing some trouble at the start. Brice Blanc is named to ride by trainer Bill Mott.

Trainer Mike Stidham will ship in Attico for the Lady Canterbury. A winner of the Hatoof Stakes at Arlington last season, Attico captured the Nicole Stakes at Hawthorne last month. Canterbury veteran Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount.

Stidham also entered Ifyouprefersilver but she is expected to remain at Arlington and run in Saturday's Chicago Breeders' Cup.

Presumed Innocent has turned in solid performances in stakes company on a wide variety of turf surfaces. A winner of the Jersey Lily Stakes at Sam Houston in February, Presumed Innocent set a rapid pace in the Distaff Turf Mile before giving way and finishing seventh behind Heat Haze. Danny Coa is named to ride for trainer Chuck Simon.

Curious Conundrum, an upset winner of the Lady Hallie Handicap at Hawthorne, has demonstrated useful form on turf and should not go overlooked. Randy Meier will ride.

Canterbury Park Hall of Fame rider Luis Quinonez returns to Shakopee to ride Cherylville Slew. Cherylville Slew pulled a tremendous upset when she won the Irving Distaff in her first start on turf at Lone Star in April.

Trainer Richie Scherer has enjoyed considerable success at Canterbury Park and will saddle Churchill Down shipper Bag of Stars. Willie Martinez is named to ride.