11/03/2004 12:00AM

'Topper' twosome will be bet


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Mark Casse-trained entry of Tommy's Topper and New Topper, both sons of successful California freshman sire Old Topper, will likely be favored in Friday's seventh race at Woodbine, a six-furlong allowance for 2-year-olds.

Tommy's Topper lost his Aug. 7 debut on the main track by just a neck, then graduated three weeks later in a six-furlong maiden special weight event on the grass.

Tommy's Topper faced a high-caliber field in his only subsequent outing, in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes. After dueling through rapid fractions, he backed up in the stretch and finished eighth going a mile on the turf.

Dubleo, the Summer winner, came back to be narrowly beaten in the Bourbon County Stakes at Keeneland, while the runner-up, Dance With Ravens, subsequently won the Grade 2 Grey BC Stakes. Two more horses came out of the Summer to win, including Elusive Thunder, who captured the World Appeal Stakes at The Meadowlands.

New Topper blew away $62,500 maidens on Oct. 11 in his lone appearance. His six-furlong time of 1:12.60 translated into a respectable Beyer Figure of 71.

Patrick Husbands, second in the jockey standings, was named on both Casse runners.

Kruel Intention should be a pace factor, with Eurico Rosa da Silva riding for trainer Arthur Silvera.

Kruel Intention set a quick pace before winding up second in a six-furlong maiden special when he debuted on Sept. 11. He got a 72 Beyer after leading throughout another maiden special sprint on Oct. 2, which he won by six lengths as the favorite.

Radical Right has had more than six weeks off since he defeated $62,500 maidens in a five-furlong dash in his first try with Lasix. He earned a check in each of his three previous starts. He is trained by Laurie Silvera.

Bill Dandy, who is also making his second start with Lasix, has recorded improving Beyers in his last few outings. He beat $20,000 maidens on Sept. 1 and was recently third with a $35,000 claiming tag.

Sly Illusion won in his second attempt at the $40,000 maiden claiming level going six furlongs on Oct. 16.

Friday's other allowance race is a nonwinners of three for Ontario-sired runners. Time of War, who took the 2003 Sir Barton Stakes, is a good fit in the seven-furlong sprint.

Time of War is winless in six starts at the meeting, but he was third under conditions identical to these when he returned from a summer vacation on Oct. 8.