10/01/2006 11:00PM

Victorian Queen has a standout: Midnight Shadow


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes winner Midnight Shadow should be strongly favored in Wednesday's $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes, a six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Midnight Shadow won her maiden convincingly second time out in June with a Beyer Speed Figure of 87, one of the highest Beyer Figures earned by a 2-year-old at Woodbine this year. She proved it wasn't a fluke when she took the July 16 Shady Well Stakes with an 82 Beyer.

Midnight Shadow won the five-furlong Nandi Stakes Aug. 5, but she could manage only third as the favorite most recently in another restricted stakes, the Muskoka, which was run over 6o1/2 furlongs on the Polytrack.

"I thought she ran creditable in the Muskoka," said trainer Bob Tiller. "She was going from five-eighths on the inner track to six and a half on the Poly. She didn't stop - she tried hard."

Tiller said Midnight Shadow's unruly prerace behavior has occasionally been her downfall.

"Her big thing is her antics going to the post," Tiller explained. "We had her at the gate [Sunday] morning, and she was very good. She's in good order. As long as she behaves herself, she should run well."

Tiller paid $30,000 for Midnight Shadow at a local yearling sale.

"She's a compact filly, with very nice conformation," Tiller said. "She's not real big, but she's got that motor in behind."

Grandy's Glory could be the second choice in the 11-horse field. Grandy's Glory graduated in her second outing over Only If Split, who subsequently won the Muskoka. She showed speed along the rail before fading to fourth most recently in the Nandi.

"She was sent from the 1-hole the last time she ran, and I think that gassed her," trainer Mike DePaulo said.

DePaulo said he gave Grandy's Glory a freshening after she breezed five-eighths over the turf training course on Aug. 18.

"She worked well on the grass," DePaulo said, "but she bled a little, so we decided to give her a little break and wait for the cooler weather. She's had a little trouble at the gate - hopefully, that's behind her."

Trusted Course and Knights End ran one-two in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired fillies Sept. 2. Trusted Course, trained by Dave Cotey, graduated that day in her third start. Knights End closed along the rail before galloping out strongly in her debut. Her trainer, Radlie Loney, has won with two of his last three second-time starters.

* The pick seven carryover is $15,133.