05/23/2005 12:00AM

Two from Fair Grounds bear watching


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Fair Grounds shippers Elle Runaway and Oblivious should both be competitive in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a $62,500 optional claimer for fillies and mares at a mile on the grass.

After launching her career here last August, Elle Runaway graduated in her fifth start. She won over a sloppy track at the Fair Grounds in December. She reappeared at Fair Grounds Feb. 24, in a $50,000 optional claimer, finishing second to next-out winner Thunderdoll.

Most recently, on March 25 in another $50,000 event, Elle Runaway rallied from six lengths back to prevail by a head. The fifth- and sixth-place runners from that one-mile turf event both came right back to win, including Charming Ruckus, who subsequently ran third in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes here Sunday.

Emile Ramsammy will ride Elle Runaway for trainer Malcolm Pierce, who won a maiden special on the grass with Silver Charades here Saturday.

Oblivious is also exiting a key Fair Grounds optional claimer on the turf, in which she finished nearly five lengths back in 11th place in her first outing in nearly a year. The ninth- and 10th-place finishers then both came back to score in allowance company.

Oblivious began her career here in 2003, during which she ran third in both the Princess Elizabeth and Juvenile Stakes as a maiden. She graduated in a one-mile maiden special on the grass in February of last year at the Fair Grounds. She was unplaced in the April 14 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland, her last race of the 2004 season.

Journeyman David Clark has the call on Oblivious for trainer Josie Carroll.

Also in Wednesday's headliner are Beyond the Horizon, Earthquake Ride, Maryfield, Lady Christine, and Whimsical Day. Marima is entered for the main track only.

Beyond the Horizon was a dull seventh against $62,500 opposition sprinting in her first start of the season. She ran a similar race in her 2004 opener, also a dirt sprint, then was a close second in a turf allowance, and should be prominent if she repeats the pattern. Dave Cotey trains her.

Whimsical Day is returning from a one-year sabbatical in her first race for trainer Mark Casse. All nine of her races were in northern California, and she won a preliminary allowance at Bay Meadows last spring.

* Touchnow, last year's Bison City Stakes winner and Labatt Woodbine Oaks runner-up, will return from a six-month layoff in Wednesday's seventh race, a seven-furlong allowance for nonwinners of three.