10/11/2005 11:00PM

Touchnow has field's best figs


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes winners Touchnow, Roving Angel, and Higher World are all possibilities in Friday's Woodbine feature, an allowance for fillies and mares that has an $80,000 claiming option.

Touchnow competed in all three legs of the 2004 Canadian triple tiara, winning the Bison City Stakes at Fort Erie, running second in the Woodbine Oaks, and finishing seventh on the grass in the Wonder Where Stakes.

Touchnow ran flat in her first two appearances this year, but she won her third start, back in July, a $62,500 optional claimer. She was a close second in an $80,000 event taken off the grass Aug. 21, and has been absent since finishing fourth behind two-time champion One for Rose in the Sept. 4 Algoma Stakes, for graduates of local yearling sales.

Touchnow possesses the best recent Beyer Figures in this 1 1/16-mile event. She is sent out by trainer Reade Baker, who will give jockey Slade Callaghan a leg up.

Roving Angel is one of two 3-year-olds in the seven-horse field, along with Higher World.

Roving Angel captured the six-furlong Finger Lakes Juvenile Filly Stakes last fall, before finishing a well-beaten fourth in the Grade 3 Astarita at Belmont. She is winless in seven outings this year, but managed to check in third behind the talented Lemon Maid in the Grade 3 Duchess Stakes here in August.

Most recently, Roving Angel broke in the air and gave her rivals a two-length head start in her first attempt around two turns, in the open La Lorgnette Stakes for 3-year-olds. She recovered nicely, though, and wound up second after racing four wide most of the way.

Apprentice Emma Wilson, Woodbine's leading jockey, is scheduled to ride Roving Angel for trainer Bobby Pion.

Higher World, trained by Mark Casse, led throughout the Grade 2 Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes here in the highlight of her 2-year-old campaign. She subsequently trailed in a 12-horse field in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Lone Star.

In her lone victory this year, Higher World beat future La Lorgnette winner Coastal Fortress in an optional $62,500 claimer in July. She went on to finish a fading fifth behind Roving Angel in the seven-furlong Duchess, and was never a factor last time on the grass, in the Ontario Colleen Handicap.

Higher World figures to press the pace here while being reunited with Emile Ramsammy.