Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Monday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Monday. Selections by Jim Bannon.

The 10 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT, 4.00am AEST Tuesday.

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting - Race nine at 8.28am AEST is broadcast on Sky Racing2.


IMAGE OF LUCY went from a sprint to a route to defeat non winners of two at this distance August 16th with Husbands aboard; she was protected in such an unlikely situation last time that her eight length defeat actually had some merit; she now gets back with her own kind.
LAKE MARION will try and prove herself at a route here as she departs a seven furlong race that had a good middle pace and she will now extend in distance.
IRIS WILL is one of several in here getting a quick comeback after a second place finish September 27th when the late pace weakened and she closed well; she did have, Thalias Fire, behind her in third and, Court Deputy, in fourth.
THALIAS FIRE was running on nicely last time when the late pace faltered and she finished third with,
Iris Will, second and, Court Deputy, in fourth.
MAGIC SKYS was such a disappointment when dropped for $20,000 on turf last time and it represented her third consecutive out of the money finish on grass; she understandably drops here for $10,000 and she has won on Tapeta in the past and Hernandez follows her down the ladder.
OFELIA GIRL faced several of these recently and was not a factor in the last quarter mile.
COURT DEPUTY pressed the pace throughout September 27th but the front running favourite was too difficult and she grew weary and gave up a couple of positions late to, Iris Will, and, Thalias Fire; Contreras now takes over.


LUMBER MAN a winner on the turf at Fort Erie at a low level two starts ago, was just on the edges there last time; he tries tougher here.
CLEVER SOUL had a win for $20,000 on Tapeta two starts ago when galloping in front; most recently, he had every chance with a middle move but he hung and, Crown Prince, was better in third; he goes farther here with Contreras now aboard.
COBILOCO would appear to be a natural to move over to turf; he has been in two sprints with good results and won the middle pace fight last time but lost the race to a closer; that one has already come back to win; he extends in distance.
DEXTER ROAD had such a big effort on turf July 14th when he took his only win of this campaign; a subsequent race on Tapeta was good but his most recent try on the grass came against just too difficult a group and he was understandably unable to threaten; this group is more approachable.
CAPE ROCO has shown himself to be a good galloper on turf and he was narrowly beaten going long on turf two starts ago; he returned fresh September 4th for a win for $20,000 and now he goes longer against non winners of three for Don MacRae.
CROWN PRINCE is in good form; he went a mile on turf last time seeking his third win and closed from the rail to be less than a length behind; more distance is added here.
HIGH SOCIETY narrowly missed at Fort Erie two starts ago then took on an enormous challenge here last time and was overwhelmed; he settles into a middle claiming race.


CANMORE had a win on turf last time with lasix added and received a perfect winning ride from Singh who had him off the pace but running well through the stretch; he now gets back to Tapeta and has had an opportunity to train up to this race for Mike De Paulo.
ARTISTICO proved to be a tough one to load last time and once underway, he was reserved back with a perfect pace setup that was too quick for the leaders and he moved forward in the stretch but lost the show award to, Gilded Warrior, who is here.
GILDED WARRIOR was part of a pace that was too fast in the middle stages along with, The Accuser, last time and he gradually weakened in the stretch to be third but held on to the show award to the closing, Artistico; he meets up with, The Accuser, once again here.
CENAR moved from turf to Tapeta last time and made an advance on the second turn against some of these but got in behind rivals and stalled; once he made his way off the rail, he didn’t have much time to get going again; Hernandez is brought in.
THE ACCUSER was part of a pace that was too fast alongside, Gilded Warrior, last time and both pace rivals faded and this one was fifth.
FRITZIE’S BOY has been a tough luck campaigner with some wide trips on turf and perhaps he will go better with a shift to Tapeta here; in his latest, he was five wide through the turn and, yet, was beaten only a length and the runner up has come back to win and the third place finisher has come back to be second.
BILOXI BAY is worth considering; he succeeded with his deep closing style to win from off the pace starts ago then was out of the money on turf last time in too difficult a situation where he was 40-1.


MIDNITE SNACKATTAK a debut runner for Desmond Maynard, is by, Silent Name, and from a
dam who has produced three winners; she has been prepared at Fort Erie and will travel a sprint distance on turf here.
JAIL TIME scratched October 4th and will go here instead; he was introduced to turf September 15th and drafted behind runners then found room in the stretch but couldn’t quicken and faded; he drops in value.
ZAP CAT was all set for a race September 15th but broke through the gate and that necessitated a scratch; he will come back here for $25,000; he has indicated a series of positive races on turf only to hang at crucial times; he goes shorter.
U S ACADEMY is taking the same type of path downward as, Zap Cat; a race two starts ago on turf
will qualify him here but his latest sprinting on Tapeta was a double digit loss; he will have a pace edge on some.
DUTCH BLITZ a debut runner for Martin Hinckson, is by, Hat Trick, and from a dam who won three times
but she has generally been unproductive to this point; he has had plenty of works from the beginning of September through early October getting ready and tries six and a half furlongs on the turf here for just $25,000 with Contreras.
THEREALQUAFF debuted in the spring time at long odds and wasn’t a factor then; he is from a dam who won on turf and will be dropping down to go to turf for $25,000 here and he has had regular preps including some turf exercises getting ready.
ERADICATOR was brought here September 10th to compete on turf in a tougher race but despite being
well positioned, he backed away; like, Zap Cat, and, U S Academy, he is taking the big drop here;
he goes shorter.
BIG BLACK STORM got down to the $20,000 mark again September 24th and had another good race when third; he had been second at that level three starts ago.
HURRICANE BEAR is taking the same drop as several others here all the way down to the $25,000 mark for this late season opportunity to be on grass; he has been traveling longer distances and will now shorten to six and a half furlongs and Hernandez is aboard once again.
LEO THE RABBIT a debut runner for Buttigieg Training Centre, is by, Leonnatus Anteas, who won the
Cup & Saucer; he had plenty of prepping in August and September getting ready and now goes a sprint
on turf from the widest post.


MEGALOPSYCHIA was down to this level two starts ago and finished on the edges and was closer than ever before; she went back up in value last time and finished ninth.
PRODUCE HOPE closed from far on the outside to be a distant fourth in her debut and there is plenty of extra room here at six and a half furlongs.
SPANISH BLESSING rushed to the lead then was spent and finished out of the money last time when Egyptian Dancer was second.
THIRTY NINE SEVEN has not been a factor in either race to date; blinkers are added and a drops comes here for $40,000; Husbands gets a second ride on this one for Norm McKnight.
POWER POP debuted in late August against a dominant pair from the Gonzalez stable and was a distant fourth with some interest at the end; she attracted a claim but comes back for exactly the same price with blinkers added.
GOSSIP ISLE was in a key race September 16th and was understandably overwhelmed against a well prepared top pair; the early speed she showed in that last race was certainly a positive development.
GALS GOT RHYTHM dropped down two starts ago with every chance to win but she couldn’t and also lost as the favourite late time and attracted a claim.
SPARKLE SAMMY had an awkward break from the gate in her debut and that proved too much of an obstacle to overcome against a top pair who were highly regarded; she has a chance to do things much better here in her second start with a drop.
EGYPTIAN DANCER came off the shelf September 22nd for her third lifetime start and eased down to this level and had an instant wake up but saw the lead slip away late to a rallier and she finished second; she fits.
LA VIE EN ROSE has been flirting around the edges against key winners but now comes up tagged with hopes of a breakthrough for $40,000 for Nick Gonzalez who also has Sparkle Sammy in the race.
MISS SAVVY had a less than ideal trip last time with an excuse on the rail but now she gets to start from the outside in this second start.


TAKE YOUR PLACE debuted August 13th in a key race and was closing from the outside finishing fifth of eleven; that was a promising opener and several from the race have already come back to do well; he extends by a furlong.
CURLIN CREEK an auction purchase in March, is a son of, Curlin, and from a dam who could both sprint and route; he has been here for three works including back to back preps at five furlongs getting ready and Contreras gets the call in this opener for Mark Casse; he competes for John C. Oxley.
WEDGEWOOD a homebred for Gustav Schickedanz, debuted August 25th and attended the pace but faltered on grass; he goes to Tapeta.
SABLE ISLAND was given the call to win in his opener September 15th after some ambitious preps but the lead slipped away in the stretch when the winner was much stronger; he must run a furlong farther here in this second start.
UNBOUNDED SPIRIT a homebred for Chiefswood Stable, is by the popular, Midnight Lute, and is the first foal of his dam; he worked from the gate October 1st in 1.02bg with his opening three furlongs in 36.3.
STORMY ACTION a debut runner, was an auction purchase and goes for Roger Attfield and is a full brother to the local runner, Bearsatlanticmist; he had Hernandez aboard for a fast turf work October 1st in 1.00.2 but will go here on Tapeta.
MR. CHEERFUL had good positioning in his local introduction which was his second start but he hung and lost the place award to, Jack Straight; he has had interim prepping and has Husbands.
SENT FROM HEAVEN looked promising in the Clarendon Stakes but a comeback race was a failed experiment on turf and he faltered out of the money; he should appreciate getting back to Tapeta.
COLBY OL’ FASHION a debut runner for Ryan Kerbel, was an auction purchase and goes for Denyse McClachrie; he has had a variety of works getting ready and went in 1.00.4 on September 10th
and had a subsequent gate work and wins the services of Boulanger.
JACK STRAIGHT ran well in his second start improving many lengths to be second beaten only a length; he came three wide from the outside and beat Mr. Cheerful for the place.


CRUSHIN HARD had a mild approach without a significant late gain for $23,500 on turf last time.
BIG BAZINGA moved over to Tapeta September 16th to restore his confidence after he had lost his rider in a turf race the time before; he now gets back to the turf with a chance to offer a middle pace.
ATHELSTAN was brought here from Presque Isle to compete for $30,000 at long odds and ran ok from the second flight inside to be on the edges at seven furlongs on Tapeta; he now seeks his second career win on the grass.
BIG YUM has seen his form slip and when he got down for $20,000 last time, he advanced with every chance but couldn’t continue at six and a half furlongs; with the stretch to nine furlongs here, speed is expected and others also have speed.
MONEY TALKER no doubt needed his August 26th return race for $25,000 and he attracted a claim from that race by Bruno Schickedanz; he has had three works in the interim for Norm McKnight getting ready as he looks to recapture some solid earlier form; he seeks his seventh turf win.
STRUT N STOMP went to the Halton Stakes last time and didn’t stay the trip in contention; two starts ago, he was second behind, Best Bard, in a race for $40,000 that will qualify him here.
LUCKBE TANYA finished quickly August 27th but missed narrowly at a route on turf and was claimed by Sid Attard; she is facing the boys here.
ENTWISTLE got into the difficult marathon series and did win a leg back on July 22nd but moved away to shorten up to a mile last time where he was beaten only five and a half lengths in a tough allowance event; he now gets to drop for $32,000 and has attracted Contreras; the blinkers are off.
ROYAL INTRIGUE had every chance two starts ago in a marathon but gave up the lead late; she was in the same most recent race as, Entwistle, in a difficult allowance race and pressed the pace until late to finish right along side his rival.
NIIGON’S GLORY will compete only if this event comes off turf and he had a good race when second for $25,000 on Tapeta last time.
SEEKING THE BAY is dropping down in search of his first win of the year after a wide loss last time; he comes from near the outside with Mosqueira.
BOURBON FIRST will compete only if this event goes on Tapeta and he has three wins on that footing this season; he slipped back in a recent starter event when returning from a freshening.


ROYAL LASER had a successful debut September 17th when circling from the outside for
Sid Attard; he was clear at the end under perfect handling from Contreras; he is from the same dam
who produced the stakes winner, Kingsport; he came back to work October 2nd in 1.01.1 with a final quarter
in 24.1.
ELLAS MY LOVE competed under the lights September 20th and had an off performance; he backed away in the stretch; that race was vastly different from his peak performance in the Simcoe when he ran thoroughly in third beaten a length; he has since had a good work with Campbell aboard in 1.00.3 out in 1.14.3 getting ready.
CRY BAO won second time out thanks to a good ride from Ramsammy; most recently, he backed away
with about three and a half furlongs to go, yet, finished just on the edges; he is a homebred for Annecchini & D’Alimonte and goes for Mike De Paulo.
INGE a homebred for True North Stable, was a winner second time out when dropped down and as the favourite, he commanded the late pace and that was expected; he gets into tougher company here.
BE VEWY VEWY QUIET won his opening two races including the Clarendon where he was clear at the end and both the second and the third place finishers have since come back to do quite well; most recently in the open Colin Stakes, he had the misfortune of drawing the rail and he finally finished third beaten a half length; he has been freshened about five weeks and indicates a couple of September works getting ready for Hall of Fame trainer, Robert Tiller; he is already a profitable homebred.
LATONKA had a faultless debut September 2nd for Denyse McClachrie; he was perfectly handled by Boulanger from off the pace to catch the speed and had a potent stretch kick; he came back to work forcefully September 24th in 59 getting ready; he is a son of, Signature Red.


CAT ZAPPER ran well in this classification two starts ago to be fourth beaten two and a half lengths when Atypical was the winner; he has since had a good race going shorter on turf.
FOREST BROTHER typically picks races shorter than this where his late punch often gets him in the frame; he has one win to his credit this season and it came in this category; he was in a much tougher classification last time when he ran strongly on the edges from the outside.
THREE RING CIRCUS was in a race last time that seemed to be top heavy with other speed, yet, he beat them all with a front end mission at 22-1; he looks to carry that type of enthusiasm over to turf at a mile which is a stretch out for him.
DIVINE DANCE ran well behind, Atypical, and, Beyond Smart, two starts ago; most recently, he had
a faultless run on Tapeta as he circled rivals to win going away.
MIND MAGIC was on turf last time for $19,000 where he looked every bit a winner against, Bold Animaux, but he hung and finished second narrowly beaten; Boulanger has the mount.
FINAL OFFER waltzed around the course September 20th to win for $8,000 on Tapeta; he seeks his first win on turf.
BOLD ANIMAUX was able to win on turf for $19,000 when coming off the shelf September 22nd and he turned back, Mind Magic; he is seeking his seventh win on turf here and his freshness is an asset.
DUPES is a one time winner on this turf course; he just recently got back in the game with a strong race at a low level on Tapeta.
ATYPICAL scored in this classification two starts ago when he produced the best rally; most recently, he couldn’t find adequate room and that race at seven furlongs on turf is best excused; he goes farther here.
BEYOND SMART has been right around the payoff lately without scoring; he was second behind, Atypical, two starts ago when unable to guard the late lead; he came back at seven furlongs on turf last time to maintain good form.
MECHANICAL was second best at seven furlongs on turf two starts ago; most recently against some of these at seven furlongs, he could not find room and had an excuse; perhaps he will appreciate a little more room here on turf.
COMEDY GOLD went a mile on turf last time to win for the third time in his career and the first time on grass; he waited for room and when he got it, he fired under Husbands who maintains the mount.

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