09/02/2003 11:00PM

Switch to dirt should help Colonial Colony


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Going strictly by the company he has kept this season on the main track, Colonial Colony is a standout in Friday's Woodbine feature, an $80,000 optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt.

Colonial Colony earned a whopping 109 Beyer Speed Figure when he finished fourth behind Mineshaft in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special on May 16. A month later at Churchill, he was a non-threatening fifth behind Perfect Drift, Mineshaft, and Met Mile winner Aldebaran in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap.

Trainer Walter Bindner Jr. shipped Colonial Colony here after the nine-furlong Stephen Foster, and has run him twice this summer over the E.P. Taylor turf course. He was beaten about five lengths by Strut the Stage when sixth in the Grade 2 Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes, and was recently fourth after a wide trip in the allowance prep for the Grade 2 Niagara BC Handicap.

Robert Landry picks up the mount on Colonial Colony, who hasn't won since his season opener, a Feb. 1 optional claimer at Fair Grounds.

Stakes winner Tempered Appeal should be the dominant speed in the race. He has hit the board in half of his eight starts this year, and was third in a difficult classified allowance in his most recent main track outing.

Tempered Appeal was a well-beaten seventh last time, when he experimented on the grass in an $80,000 claimer.

"He didn't like the turf at all," trainer Abraham Katryan pointed out. "We just wanted to try him on it one time. He's come back good."

Classic Mike, who's also coming out of a grass race, should be a factor. A 4-year-old trained by John Ross, Classic Mike has hit the board twice at this level and distance this year.

Colorful Judgement heads Friday's 10th race, a tough entry-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Colorful Judgement won his maiden in allowance company in his first start of the year, and was recently third behind Wando and Shoal Water in the 1 1/2-mile Breeders' Stakes. Shoal Water subsequently captured the Grade 3 Saranac Handicap at Saratoga.

Colorful Judgement will be coupled with Roman Peace, who has worked a bullet five-eighths over the turf training course since bombing in his first attempt at this class Aug. 6. Mark Frostad trains both runners.