07/21/2006 12:00AM

Top Ten List has distinct advantage


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Top Ten List, third in the balloting for Canada's champion female turf runner last year, headlines Sunday's $125,000 Rainbow Connection here at Fort Erie.

The Rainbow Connection, for Ontario-sired fillies and mares, is scheduled for five furlongs on turf.

Of the 10 entered, only Top Ten List has won on the grass. She has scored three times on the surface, all in stakes, under her regular rider, Corey Fraser.

Top Ten List is from the Woodbine barn of three-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer Bob Tiller. The 4-year-old Top Ten List has been out of the money in both her starts this year.

In her last start, in the six-furlong Zadracarta Stakes at Woodbine on June 18, Top Ten List led until midstretch before fading to sixth in the field of 10.

"She tried hard," said Tiller. "She appears to be coming up to a big race. We're adding blinkers. Going five-eighths, it will help her focus on speed a little bit better."

Tiller mentioned Very Much So, Bosskiri, and Shot Gun Ela as tough speed threats in the Rainbow Connection, and pointed out that Top Ten List must carry high weight of 124 pounds.

"It's the price to be paid for the three Ontario-sired races she won last year," said Tiller.

Very Much So, one of two 3-year-olds in the field, is a three-time winner but has never raced on turf. Two of the wins were this year in high-priced claiming races at Woodbine.

"I wanted to run her on the turf last year," said Very Much So's trainer, Radlie Loney. "No races come up for her. She trained on turf very well. She may be better on it than on dirt."

Loney said that he dropped Very Much So into the high claimers so that she would gain confidence. And, he's not worried about her meeting older horses.

"In July, age doesn't matter as much," said Loney, who is enjoying a solid campaign with 5 wins from 14 starts.