10/16/2005 11:00PM

Top Authority close to some sharp horses


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Judging by the company he has been keeping, Top Authority should be tough in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a 1 1/16-mile allowance for 2-year-olds.

Top Authority, a California-bred colt owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, won his career debut in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special on June 12. Nearly six weeks later, he ran third in the six-furlong Colin Stakes behind Edenwold, who has since won two other stakes and is the leader of Woodbine's male 2-year-old division.

Top Authority subsequently ran second in a six-furlong allowance, then switched to the grass in the allowance prep for the Summer Stakes, finishing third behind Seaside Retreat and Bear's Kid. Seaside Retreat came back to be third in the Grade 3 Grey BC Stakes, and Bear's Kid took the Grade 2 Summer in his next appearance.

Most recently, in a six-furlong allowance on the main track on Sept. 22, Top Authority stalked the pace over a speed-favoring track and wound up second to Trail Fox, who was narrowly beaten in last Saturday's Bull Page Stakes.

Top Authority makes his first start around two turns Wednesday, and his dam has thrown two route winners from as many starters. Expect him to help set the pace under Patrick Husbands.

Rounding out the field are Elfros, Pfifficus, Honest Accountant, Don't Miss Out, and Ports N Porsches.

Elfros won his maiden convincingly on a Wednesday night in late September, running a mile and 70 yards in a time that earned him a Beyer Speed Figure of 64. He has since breezed five-eighths over the training track in 1:03.40 for trainer Josie Carroll. A $125,000 weanling purchase by former leading sire El Prado, Elfros is a half-brother to stakes-placed Bala.

Jim McAleney inherits the mount on Elfros from David Clark, who is sticking with Pfifficus.

Pfifficus finished second in a maiden special on the main track when he debuted in August. He was bet down to 4-5 last time, in a one-mile maiden event on the grass, and came charging down the center of the course from far back to score by two lengths.

Bobby Frankel trains Pfifficus for Stronach Stable.

Honest Accountant, with nine starts under his girth, is the most experienced runner in the lineup. He beat Ontario-sired maiden company in his sixth start.

Ports N Porsches won his maiden by disqualification going a mile and 70 yards on Sept. 28.

The pick seven carryover is $7,917.