09/14/2005 11:00PM

Top Ten List capable of wiring La Prevoyante


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Bob Tiller-trained duo of Top Ten List and Simply Lovely both have a legitimate chance in Saturday's $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes at Woodbine.

Top Ten List will likely be the prohibitive favorite in the La Prevoyante, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. She displayed an immediate fondness for the grass in her first race on the surface, the 6 1/2-furlong Ontario Damsel Stakes July 10, leading throughout to defeat favored See the Wind by a length. Top Ten List then won another restricted stakes, the seven-furlong Passing Mood, by nearly six lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 85. She met older Ontario-sired rivals most recently, going 1 1/16 miles in the Victoriana Stakes, and finished third after cutting out moderate fractions over yielding ground.

"I think the yielding turf hurt her that day," said Tiller. "It's tough to go wire to wire on yielding turf. We're hoping this will be easier for her. She's in good order."

Simply Lovely won the Sovereign Award for champion 2-year-old filly last year, when she won three restricted stakes, including the Fanfreluche. She failed to hit the board in her first three appearances this season, but managed to run third when Tiller put her on the grass for the first time in the Ontario Damsel. Simply Lovely subsequently finished second in the Passing Mood. She is coming off a flat third-place finish in the allowance prep for the Ontario Colleen Handicap.

Whiskey and Low, trained by Reade Baker, is another contender. She competed in all three legs of this year's Canadian triple tiara without any success, including the Wonder Where Stakes on turf, in which she finished eight lengths back in eighth.

Whiskey and Low ended her slump Aug. 31 in the Eternal Search Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt, rallying three wide from off a slow pace to win by three-quarters of a length.

"It was pretty impressive, because there was a strong bias towards speed that night," Baker said. "She let them do what they wanted out there, and she came and got them anyway."

Baker said Whiskey and Low has trained encouragingly since the Eternal Search. He said he has no qualms with trying her on the grass again.

"They were tougher horses," said Baker of the Wonder Where. "She's better now, and [the competition] is weaker."