Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Friday

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

The nine race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT, 4.00am AEST Saturday.

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting.


NO DRINKING RULES lost by twenty lengths last time in a failed route experiment against a key winner; he caused interference when he broke to the outside at the start and then was interfered with leaving the first turn; he finally retreated; his sprint form was encouraging in his previous two events.
GREELEY’S ARCH was flat in the stretch last time when sixth beaten seven lengths with lasix added; he now gets to drop for $40,000 and has more of a chance here to have an impact in the stretch.
LEGAL GUMP is a speed factor here along with, Agent Eighty Six; he turned back that rival to secure second money last time but the winner rallied by him and he settled for second beaten a length; Husbands takes over.
OVER SENSUAL debuted September 29th and made a run outside rivals as the favourite for $25,000 and was finally third beaten two and a half lengths; he goes up for $40,000 here.
SIZZLING ROMA a filly, is one of two debut runners in the race; she competes for Nick Gonzalez Jr. and has been prepared at Fort Erie; she is by, Burning Roma, a Grade 1 winning juvenile and is from a dam who was a four time sprint winner who has produced three winners.
O’KRAM a debut runner for John Mattine, was an auction purchase and is bred turf top and bottom; he will debut here at six and a half furlongs on Tapeta with Boulanger aboard with blinkers and lasix and has prepped on both Tapeta and turf getting ready.
AGENT EIGHTY SIX was in a speed duel with, Legal Gump, last time and thoroughly tried that one to
mid stretch but was found wanting and dropped back to third; he has Hernandez aboard from the outside here.


POLY ANNA attracted a claim in the early summer of 2016 and made it back to the races this April for a run for $8,000 when finishing third against a key winner; she returns from considerable time away and competes for only $5,000 now and does indicate a series of works during September.
VOIDED CONTRACT competed at home at Presque Isle September 18th and was in a spirited run with the favourite and beat that one narrowly through the stretch along the rail; she seeks her second win ever on a synthetic surface here and competes here for Dorothy Gentner who has invaded successfully here in the past.
INPERSON came off the shelf and competed at this price September 22nd where she was second beaten only a half length as the favourite while traveling seven furlongs; she shortens to six furlongs as one of the contenders.
LOUISE THE LASER was here two starts ago to run for $6,000; she had such a counterproductive departure from the gate then started to run late in the race with a big rally and finished just behind, Capture Your Heart; she has since competed at home at Fort Erie where she was in a speed duel with the winning 3-5 favourite; she fits.
CAPTURE YOUR HEART is an obvious form favourite; she was second beaten a half length for $6,000 last time and returns from a freshening to go for just $4,750 for the leading race winning owner, Bruno Schickedanz.
SPLASHY GIRL was long odds last time and was slow to begin and that left her out of contention.
SWEET BREW came from the outside when moved up to the $8,000 mark last time and at extremely long odds, she had no impact; she drops in for $5,000 seeking her initial win of the campaign.


ENGLISH ILLUSION ran this distance on turf August 30th in the Halton when second against, Johnny Bear, and was once again traveling this distance on turf in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer last time when fifth beaten six and a half lengths; he looks for his second win ever on Tapeta as he travels a mile and a half in this prep for the Valedictory.
GUITAR GEORGE has run this distance effectively in the past but will be stretching out now after an out of the money finish against, Melmich, in the Elgin and a fringe try in a key race for $50,000 last time where he stayed on quite well without threatening; he seeks his third win of the year.
PUMPKIN RUMBLE is accustomed to long distance racing and was third at this distance in the Singspiel Stakes in July but backed away after being part of the pace in the recent Northern Dancer; he now moves over to Tapeta and seeks his second win on such a surface but his first score in recent years.
PORTREE is a long distance candidate and did run well in a marathon last year; he was gearing up August 5th with a race at a mile and a quarter when he landed a strong third beaten a length; he has prepped in the interim on the training track and followed with a sharpening half mile move October 7th on Tapeta in 48.1; he seeks his fourth win on this surface.
BANGKOK won the Valedictory Stakes last December by taking down the heavy favourite, Melmich, and he is no doubt aiming for that big event again; he was in the Nijinsky Stakes last time at ten furlongs where he finished fourth beaten four lengths and the runner up has come back to score; he was runner up in this prep last October; he had a stamina work September 24th for Phil Gracey in 1.02 going out well and he also got legged October 1st in 1.15.3; Wilson who had a big day here on Monday, once again has the mount.


HESASHREWDDUDE raced effectively in a route two starts ago when fourth beaten three lengths while,
Red Bo, was second and, Thornley, was third; most recently, he opted to sprint at seven furlongs but drew the rail post and was finally tenth beaten thirteen lengths; he draws the rail again with Contreras now aboard at a route.
CATS CASSINOVA could not keep up in his debut but closed belatedly; second time out, he was not a factor for $12,500 but the runner up has come back to beat, Hesashrewddude; he is dropping down and going farther with blinkers added here.
RED BO is a logical one to consider given his good race at nine furlongs back on August 6th when he was third beaten only two lengths at a higher level; most recently, he dropped in for $8,000 and ran a strong race from between rivals in the lane but the winner who was viewed as a strong contender, had more stamina in the late stages and beat him a half length; he has been off just over a month.
THORNLEY had a good race two starts ago when one position behind the runner up, Red Bo; he was strong in the middle stages but couldn’t protect his position in the stretch; most recently, he went up in value and moved to turf and after that wide loss, he gets back with more his own kind here.
AFTER PARTY had a couple of races early in the year without threatening; when he made his way back with a move to turf September 15th, he did some running for $30,000 when fifth beaten four lengths; that should move him forward and now he plunges for $10,000 and goes to Tapeta at nine furlongs; he handled the Tapeta well last October.
BLUE WAVE debuted June 21st with speed but lost in double digits against a key winner who scored again recently; last time at seven furlongs, he was in front by a wide margin in the early going before faltering at low odds; he now drops for $10,000 and extends to nine furlongs where he is one again likely to be the pacemaker.
KYSLIOS’S JUSTICE was in for $9,500 when returning from time away October 4th but didn’t threaten at seven furlongs when closing belatedly; he now goes long.
THESPIS plunges in value here after a race August 11th where he had no impact on Tapeta at a route; he now competes for only $10,000 and gets yet another rider switch with Christopher Husbands now taking over.
PALEFACE hasn’t been able to generate much power in sprints but will now experiment with a route on the stretch out.
UNIONTOWN debuted September 1st on turf and was outrun; second time out, he stayed close to the pace at a route on Tapeta for $25,000 before folding; he now plunges for $10,000 with hopes of a wake up.


TRINI PLEASURE lacked any speed first time out but showed some interest in the stretch around two turns and galloped out with some intensity suggesting she is a run on type; she goes over to turf here.
STRICT VOW a homebred for Sam-Son Farm, is from a dam who was a three time winner on turf; she is bred to be a stayer and competes here for Gail Cox in this debut at a mile on turf; she gets Hernandez in this launch.
MEET YOU AT HOME closed outside on turf at seven furlongs last time when eighth beaten only six and a half lengths and gets more room here.
GOSUDARINA competed against some of these on turf last time and was coming off a good performance heading to that effort and ran ok without threatening when beaten about six lengths while, Ghostly Win, was second.
GLORIOUS ENTRY was running late in a September 22nd debut at seven furlongs on turf and was beaten only four lengths with, Ghostly Win, second.
ORBORTUNISTIC is a route runner in the making; her introduction in a sprint came at too short a distance but she showed interest in the stretch and had a good gallop out; she now goes longer and is on turf.
PIRANO a debut runner, was an auction purchase and is by, Point Of Entry, a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf; she worked in a positive manner on turf September 24th in 1.00.1 getting ready for Dan Vella; she travels a mile on the lawn at first asking with Garcia.
ELIZA JANE is made for turf racing; she is a homebred and competes for Catherine Day-Phillips; she is a daughter of Artie Schiller, a winner of the Breeders’ Cup in the Mile on turf and is from a dam who liked the lawn; she worked on turf September 15th in 1.02.1 getting ready; she has had a variety of riders in the morning and Da Silva was aboard for her most recent work from the gate in 48.3bg.
MYSTIC NILE had every chance at seven furlongs on turf last time when racing within range but finished fourth with, Ghostly Win, in second; she goes farther and had a good interim work in 1.01.1.
CORTADO BAY missed the break in her debut at six furlongs on Tapeta and couldn’t get into the fight; for this second start, blinkers are added; she worked six furlongs on turf recently in 1.13.1 and now goes to the lawn.
PERFECTION CAT was in a key race second time out and went well at six furlongs to show speed and finish third against a front running winner; the runner up in the race, Angel, has been entered here; she has had an interim work on turf in 1.02.3 out in 1.15 and now goes to the grass; lasix is added.
ANGEL is certainly bred for turf being from a dam who is a sister to, Big Blue Kitten, a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf; her opener came September 16th at six furlongs on Tapeta against an unbeatable winner who beat her back into second place; she did have, Perfection Cat, behind her in third; she now extends in distance which will be a help and she goes to turf.
GHOSTLY WIN has been second in both races on turf; she stretched to seven furlongs last time and used a new technique when reserved off the early pace for a late run and she got within a length with a big late move.


ITS A LADY’S WORLD had the inside post last time and fell back initially then showed some interest in the stretch at 46-1 to finish fourth; she once again tries non winners of three and goes a half furlong farther with Campbell now aboard for the first time for Bill Tharrenos.
LUCKBEALADY NOW fell back early October 1st for $9,500; she had raced within closer range the time before when defeating non winners of two.
RAGLAN ROAD takes the big drop; she devalued for $20,000 last time at five furlongs where she had good attending speed but she faltered late and now goes for $6,250 with apprentice Fukumoto aboard.
MY RAY OF SUNSHINE was a winner for $10,000 three starts ago and has been protected while finishing just on the edges in two races since then; she now comes all the way down to the $6,250 mark.
BAREINTHEMOONLIGHT closed inside last time without threatening for $10,000 and will get a little more room here.
LEIGHLIN ROAD shortened from a series of routes to go seven furlongs last time but couldn’t generate any speed in a wide loss.
SOUTHERN PUZZLE is obviously one to consider; this will be her first race since August 19th when she was fourth for $11,500 and the winner came back to score for $19,000; she has had light action so far this year and gets to run for a new career low for high percentage trainer, Martin Drexler; she indicates one recent work.
MISTY SPIRIT lost a duel to the winner last time and went flat in the stretch then finally faltered in seventh; she draws the outside post here for just $6,250 where she is likely to have middle speed.


THAT’S A STRETCH was a winner back in August when claimed but most recently, was last of ten and now halves in value.
BUTTERFLY STRIKE had a higher profile here last year at this time; this season, he has been a regular at Fort Erie on turf but will now go to Tapeta and plunge for just $5,000 for Mark Fournier; he does go for a productive jockey/trainer combo.
RUNAWAY PEPPER was claimed for $3,000 at Fort Erie September 9th when he missed by inches against another one moving there from Woodbine; Contreras will ride for Martin Drexler.
DEFONDO took a drop in for $7,500 and came off the shelf September 24th to rush at the front runner; he got the lead in the stretch as the favourite and persisted; he now comes down to a lower level looking to double up for the leading race winning owner.
BIT’S LOVER BOY went from here to Fort Erie with a big drop for $4,500 last time where he was well ridden to take a four horse photo on the wire and it was his second tight win of the season; he had scored here earlier in the year.
BRILLIANT CHARLIE was a booming winner two starts ago; however, he was eighth beaten nineteen lengths against, Defondo, last time when he stopped in the stretch.
HAWKS GOT FIRE gets his first start since late August when he was just on the edges at Fort Eire; the blinkers are off and he seeks his third win on the synthetic surface here.
SPADINA ROAD was in against, Defondo, last time when he closed with a rush from the outside but was too late when fifth beaten five lengths; he has a better post here.
TOBRUK was third beaten eight lengths on the turf at Fort Erie last time against a very difficult winner; he is a two time winner here this year on Tapeta.


LILLZ SO PRECIOUS was on turf two starts ago with a speed attempt at six furlongs but she faltered very late; most recently, she attempted a mile on turf where she retreated to be behind by a wide margin; she came back to work October 6th on turf where she had a useful finishing kick.
EVENT HORIZON had controlling speed in her debut at a route on turf while lasix free but then faltered in the stretch; for this second start, lasix is now used and Bridgmohan will ride.
AVIE’S ZIP had a rush on turf June 30th when traveling only six furlongs to be fourth; she returns from considerable time away and had some good turn speed in a work October 6th on Tapeta in 1.01.2 going out well; Contreras takes over.
MAGICAL HOLIDAY was second in her debut in a race that came off turf; second time out, she finished third against a dominant top pair; she takes the blinkers off and goes to turf, a footing over which she worked well recently for Mark Casse.
CAROLINA GRACE ran six furlongs on turf effectively two starts ago with blinkers added when closer to the pace than before; most recently with the blinkers off at a mile, she used a come from behind technique and finished fourth about five lengths behind the runner up, Leisure, who is here.
COOL AND STORMY debuted August 26th on turf and ran ok but hung on the edges when, Carolina Grace, was better in third; this will be her second start and she had an interim work on turf in 1.00.3 for Mark Casse; she is bred for the turf.
LEISURE returned from time away September 24th to go a mile on turf and it was her best career race; she was 24-1 but chased the front running winner who was her stable mate and reported in second; she shortens to seven furlongs here and once again, Hernandez rides; she worked well on turf recently in 1.02.1 for Josie Carroll.
AUTONOMIC rammed into the left side of the gate at the break September 24th and was quite rank and was pulled up; she will start all over here and has had a subsequent gate work in satisfying fashion for Sam-Son Farm and Malcolm Pierce; this will be just her third start of the season.
TYPICALLY competed just recently on turf and attended the pace from a perfect striking position on the outside then lost her leg speed through the stretch; she goes shorter here.


MILWAUKEE MAGIC was claimed late last season when dropped sharply as the favourite and is now getting a belated seasonal bow for Kevin Attard; he does indicate a regular series of preps through September and this month.
ONE FLASHY CAT was second for $10,000 just two starts ago with a good speed attempt; he was also fully committed to a speed approach when put up in value last time for $19,000 and he weakened late; he drops back to the level of his previous event hoping to recapture that peak form which also came with a drop.
MAJESTIC HEIST is without a win in recent times; he has had just three starts this season and for this fourth try of the campaign, plunges for $9,500 and Hernandez stays aboard and did have some good earlier results with this one.
REBELLION’S DREAM has been just on the edges in recent races at a lower level; he closed between runners last time after the winner had already made a rush and he landed an ok third.
HOCKEY HALL was given a good chance to do well in his debut September 29th; he was engaged by the favourite through the stretch and stubbornly held that one off for a mild upset; he now faces non winners of two and is up one level and has had interim prepping for Norm McKnight.
BEARS TERMINATOR took the big plunge August 16th and came around runners in contention as if he would have a big chance to do well but he hung at the end; he has been freshened; perhaps he will be able to capitalize on the stable’s current streak of current big efforts.
ALLIED INSTIGATOR is getting his first start since August 18th when out of the money on turf and he drops for $10,000; he has had just four races this season and has generally faced some difficult opponents and should enjoy the relief he gets here.
HARDCASTLE is getting a belated first start of the year; he also began last year’s campaign about this time and ran well on the edges in a protected spot; he comes in for $10,000 for Jason Marrocco.
LOWI VENE has a definite game plan most times and that is to be up front; in his second start following a claim September 23rd, he was in a pace fight but backed away; he has since worked from the gate and now drops for $9,500; speed is expected.
AWSOME MOI had a good run at six and a half furlongs two starts ago when he rallied from eleventh to be third; he tried a route last time but wasn’t effective and the third and eighth place finishers have come back to win; he has since had a work and shortens in distance with Alderson now aboard.
COLD ASH is getting a belated first start of the season here and does indicate a series of works during September and early this month getting set.

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