09/19/2005 11:00PM

Top Authority must hold off Snow Blitz


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes-placed 2-year-old Top Authority heads the first of two co-featured entry-level allowances on Thursday's nine-race card at Woodbine.

Top Authority, a California-bred colt trained by Mark Casse, won his debut in June and subsequently finished third behind Edenwold and Kentucky shipper Key West Breeze in the six-furlong Colin Stakes.

Most recently, in the allowance prep for the Summer Stakes, Top Authority dueled with Bear's Kid through slow fractions over yielding turf before fading to third. Bear's Kid came back to win the Grade 2 Summer in an upset.

On Thursday, Top Authority goes six furlongs in a field loaded with front-runners, and it will be interesting to see whether he can put away the other speed and then hold off the closers.

Snow Blitz is a logical candidate to overhaul Top Authority.

Snow Blitz graduated at first asking in a six-furlong maiden special at his Fort Erie base, despite getting shuffled back early. Trainer Tom County Jr. shipped him here for the seven-furlong Simcoe Stakes Sept. 4, a race in which he closed for fourth after breaking slowly.

Even though she has hanging tendencies, Fellowship Road will likely be favored in Thursday's other allowance, for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Fellowship Road was a close second in her penultimate outing, going six furlongs at Delaware Park. She looked like a winner early in the stretch of a 6 1/2-furlong allowance here Aug. 28, but finished a half-length behind a determined Sanfran.

Fellowship Road's main competition should come from On Silent Wings and Just Humor Me.

On Silent Wings has blossomed this year at age 4, using her blazing speed to win 3 of 6 starts, and has earnings of $100,224. She led until deep stretch on the grass at Fort Erie on July 24, ending up just a half-length back in third in the five-furlong Rainbow Connection Stakes.

On Silent Wings stretched out to 6 1/2 furlongs against Ontario-sired allowance opposition here last time. She shook loose on the lead, set moderate fractions, and held off favored River Nore in deep stretch to prevail by a head. River Nore, who won the Fury Stakes in the spring, came back to lose a nail-biter in her next start.

Just Humor Me has yet to duplicate her impressive first-out maiden score at five furlongs in May, but she lost by just a nose in a $62,500 claimer when returning from a layoff Aug. 18.