Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Saturday

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

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

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting – Races seven to ten are broadcast at 8.08am AEST on Sky Racing2 from 9.12am AEST on Sky Racing1 and 9.45am AEST on Sky Racing2.


VIEWFINDER is one of two in the race debuting as a homebred for Gustav Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keogh; he is from the same dam who produced the two time stakes winner, Shake Down Baby; he seems to like the turf and rallied well on the grass October 20th in 1.00.1; Garcia has been named.
HARPER P M went from a one paced sprint in his opener to a fading route second time out against a key winner who was recently third in the Coronation Futurity; he cuts all the way back to six furlongs for Mark Casse.
WANDOFUHR is from the same dam who produced the stakes winner, Will She; he is a runner of some size who worked from the gate October 20th in 1.01.1bg with his opening half in 48.1; Campbell rides for Mike Keogh.
STROLLING POSSE a homebred for Ivan Dalos, is by, Stroll, who loved the grass; he worked from the gate October 13th in 1.01.2bg with Contreras aboard getting ready and he has had a further gate trial in 1.01.4bg.
POINT OF ORDER had unproductive speed on turf September 24th and lost in double digits; he moves to a shorter distance here.
KID’S MISCHIEF a debut runner for Ivan Dalos goes for Josie Carroll; he is by the very popular, Into Mischief, and is from a well related dam; he has done lots of prepping in company getting ready and enters for six furlongs on grass in this opener with lasix and blinkers.
THUNDER RIDE a significant auction purchase is by, Pioneer of The Nile, and he will debut here for Mark Casse with Hernandez aboard with blinkers and lasix and is entered to try turf at six furlongs; he beat company in work October 29th in 1.00.4.
DISTINCT PASSION will compete only if this event comes off the turf and will go for Denyse McClachrie; he is by the high velocity stakes winner, With Distinction, and will travel six furlongs here with blinkers and lasix from the outside post; he had a five furlong work October 20th in 59.4 getting ready and he is a runner of some size.


UNDULATED came off the shelf and went from a sprint to a route October 15th in the Ontario Derby and was overanxious in the early furlongs and then faded late; that should be a race on which he can build with the turn back to seven furlongs.
KINGSPORT likes the seven furlong distance and came off the shelf October 29th to try the Overskate Stakes against, Pink Lloyd, but he was part of an early commotion in the run down the backstretch and then got going in the lane to finish fourth and that is a good reference.
BRASS COMPASS was energetic on the front end with a new tactic last time; he faded only gradually; he shortens up to seven furlongs here with Wilson.
BUTTERFLY DANCE had every chance to win last time but another persisted and beat him less than a length; he has built positive consistency on turf and now moves back to Tapeta for the first time this year and shortens to seven furlongs.
WHERE’S THE WIDGET had a big race at seven furlongs back on August 20th and a repeat of that event would make him a factor here as he chased home the difficult, Ikerrin Road, on that occasion.
COLONEL SAMSEN did most things wrong when introduced here October 15th; he was involved in a scuffle on the first turn then got fanned wide on the second turn and was not a factor in the Ontario Derby; he typically picks longer races than this but will try seven furlongs from the widest post.


ARCH TIGRESS took both of her wins this year at Fort Erie on turf; she missed the grass here last time in a race that came off the turf and she faltered.
PRIMORDIA very much prefers the grass and without the turf in her past two runs, her production was limited against overwhelming opposition; she should enjoy the class drop here.
MADAME G has had a hurried up offence coming to this race with three works close together for Ralph Biamonte; she was in for just $8,000 on the turf at Fort Erie last time when third.
COURT ADJOURED returned here November 3rd with hopes of getting onto the turf for $30,000 but the event went on Tapeta and she had unproductive front end speed; she should enjoy the big price drop here.
RUNAWAY BRENDA is without a victory this season but was on the edges at Fort Erie; she seeks a breakthrough win this year.
THIS IS MY NIGHT was going first time off the claim October 29th and ran strongly but encountered some traffic trouble and started over and just missed; she can handle the grass but her current Tapeta form is also a bonus.
HURRICANE MIMI was hoping for turf last time when coming off the shelf the but the event went on Tapeta and she was a non factor; she had run so much better on turf back in July.
RINCE TAPAIGH now seems to be much better on turf judging by her last two booming results and she was second last time to a surprising deep closer; with Contreras handling, This Is My Night, Moran will ride here for Tino Attard.
SWEET ESCAPE gets her first start since an upset win August 23rd at this price and she had a deep closing rally on that occasion; she will compete only if this event comes off turf.
PECHE MOBILEE was on Tapeta at a higher level last time and was fifth beaten only four lengths when, This Is My Night was second.
TIMBERLINE was able to handle, This Is My Night, rather easily two starts ago; most recently however, a new tactic seemed to develop as she was last out of the gate and she attempted to run from off the pace but it was a failed approach; she gets down in price here.


TURBO DRIVEN DIVA opted to go in a race last time where, The Craic, won as the heavy favourite and that left little for everyone else; this one faded to seventh; she had run effectively in her only Tapeta try the time before when a tight second; she goes just six furlongs.
TULSA has had just a single run this season and that came in August; she was forced to scratch October 15th and is just now getting back into the game for her second start of the year.
FORESTELLA ran well enough in her latest with a very late move to be on the edges and she was close by on a better type of performance on Tapeta in mid September; she is a threat on her best at just six furlongs.
ADOPTED FAMILY had a three wide approach on the pace last time but had no resistance and that race was in contrast to her previous good result when she raced off the pace and rallied in third.
TRIPLLINDEE was perfect in her opener October 4th for Darwin Banach with Contreras aboard for Terdik Farms; she looks to have some untapped potential yet going forward in this second start again at six furlongs.
HAILEY’S PRIZE had a disappointing performance in a race that came off turf last time; she was well positioned against easy fractions but gave up positions late; she goes shorter.
UNCLAIMEDTREASURE ran well on Tapeta but for just half the price last time when a rousing fourth beaten a length at 31-1; she closed twelve lengths relative to the pace.
JUPITER’S EAGLE moved at the right time to get the lead in the stretch October 14th for her maiden score but the runner up was closing rapidly at her.
SKY VISION had a disappointing performance September 29th on Tapeta following a peak race the time before; she also had a letdown on turf last time.


LEOPARD CAT has run well on turf in this classification in his last two events to be in the money; he had a late surge in his most recent start and the winner has already come back to run well.
PRISON PADRE won on Tapeta when moving off turf and dropping down last time to get a longshot maiden score at this distance; he enters for the grass here.
ROCHESTER was introduced here October 22nd from Presque Isle and he dropped down for $20,000 and ran strongly but set a pace that was too quick in the middle stages and then slipped back late; he has tried the turf only once and had speed on that occasion.
GOLDEN JIGGS was on the turf at a mile in a key race two starts ago but couldn’t keep up and prior to that, was also in a key race on grass; most recently, he dropped down but the
event was taken off turf and he lost his edge.
BILOXI BAY took a drop for his latest and moved off turf with every chance to do well at low odds but he hung; he takes this opportunity to drop for $20,000 and he enters for turf.
GREENFIELD handles both turf and Tapeta quite well; he won on turf three starts ago with a smart rally and missed by inches on Tapeta last time at this price range.
THE ACCUSER had such an obvious good race on Tapeta two starts ago; he moved to a yielding turf course last time and was flat against better than he faces here; he was fanned wide on that occasion; he should enjoy the big drop for $20,000.
ARAZI’S GIFT made his way forward to win on turf for $19,000 on yielding terrain at a shorter distance last time and he was ridden a long way out.
SLAM was out of the money at Fort Erie last time and was subsequently forced to scratch here October 29th.
SPLASH WITH ME had an exciting late rush on turf two starts ago at a sprint distance and ran the same type of race with a somewhat better result on Tapeta last time; the seventh place finisher has since won; he must go farther.
STORM HAWK set an aggressive pace on a yielding turf last time and weakened; he was competitive at a mile on turf at this price range three starts ago.
CENAR was on Tapeta with a big drop last time and had every chance with an outside move but he couldn’t sustain his bid against, Greenfield.
HE STARTED IT won first time off the claim when moved to turf for a maiden victory October 6th for Steven Chircop; he was aggressively ridden late by Hernandez to get the win at the expense of, Arazi’s Gift, who has come back to score and that rival is here.


MAMITA’S CHICA a debut runner for Aurora Meadows, is a homebred by, Silent Name, going for Peter Berringer; she worked five furlongs in company October 31st in 1.02.2 getting ready.
FRESH DREAMS a debut runner by, Kentucky Bear, was an auction purchase for Robert Tiller and will debut here at six furlongs; she has attracted Hernandez in this opener; she had back to back five furlongs works in quick clockings September 30th and again October 11th getting ready.
HAPPYCREST a debut runner for Langcrest Farm, goes for John Charalambous; she is by, Milwaukee Brew, and from a dam who has produced three winners including the ten time winner, Danger Bay; Bahen was aboard for her big work October 28th in 59.2.
MAXIXE was given the call in her opener October 15th and she tumbled in odds to be the favourite at post time in bad weather; she made the pace until deep stretch when the winner squeaked through along the rail to beat her; the stable does well with second out juveniles and lasix is now added.
CRUMLIN DIVA a debut runner, was an auction purchase and goes for Mike Doyle; she has had plenty of company getting ready for this opener and has worked five furlongs on three consecutive occasions.
IT’SNICETOBENICE had three wide speed when battling in the Princess Elizabeth last time around two turns but she weakened late; she helps herself by cutting back in distance to only six furlongs; she ran well at seven furlongs in her opener when second against the same winner, Clickity Clack, who beat her in the Princess Elizabeth.
SUGAR ME SWEET is built to be a route runner and when she went from a sprint to a route September 23rd, she got hooked up in a counter productive speed duel with the sixth place finisher and then slumped to third but it was a good try; like, It’snicetobenice, she is shortening from a route to a sprint here.
RED RIOT a debut runner for Tamara Baker, was an auction purchase and goes for Tony Michael Gattellaro; she had lead speed in her October 28th work in 49.3hg getting ready and has since had a quicker work from the gate.
DELLY was scheduled to start October 7th but a commotion behind the gate resulted in her being scratched; she has had some interim practice from the gate getting ready for Kenneth Smith.
MISS DANIELLE has had many chances and has often run well; she tried blinkers on at five furlongs last time but lost the speed duel and now takes the blinkers off and extends to six furlongs and meets up with her stable mate, Maxixe, here.


YOU’RE MINE has had four consecutive good races to start her career; she won in a race that came off turf two starts Ago; she ran equally well when she came off the shelf October 15th and followed home a key winner who has come back to score again and the eighth place finisher, Broken Meadow, has also come back to win.
STORMY PERFECTION has committed to turf in back to back events and was looking for racing room last time and finished on the edges against a key winner when sprinting.
GALILEO GAL was in a key race when she debuted and, Ritzy Rose, was easily best and is here; second time out when she added lasix, she was the 2-5 favourite and she galloped away from that field and got strong in deep stretch; she is working with such a significant pedigree for a turf with give to it; she competes for Gary Barber and goes for Mark Casse.
SCATTER THE SILVER was far behind on turf last time and put in a strong bid to mid stretch then hung against, Alice’s War, who is here.
SAILOR’S THOUGHT won as expected first time out October 7th with an easy approach from far off a pace that was much too quick in the early stages; she allowed her stable mate first run and then she took second run at the lead toppling her mate in the lane; she now enters for turf for Don MacRae; Husbands is off to ride, Galileo Gal.
PRETTY TWO FACED had a big rush on Tapeta two starts ago to be second when the winner escaped trouble to beat her at the last instant; she was sprinting on Tapeta last time when unplaced against a key winner; she enters for turf.
ALICE’S WAR won big on turf two starts ago but also ran well in a race that came off the lawn last time when fourth beaten two lengths with, You’re Mine, second and both the first and eighth place finishers have come back to win big.
DYNA’S MISCHIEF is getting her first race since August 19th when she won smartly while showing a preference for stamina and turf; she comes back here at a shorter distance against winners and is one of two in the race for Josie Carroll.
RITZY ROSE is a Stronach homebred going for Josie Carroll and she won big in her latest and kept, Galileo Gal, behind her in fourth and that one has come back to win and is here; she has the type of mechanics that should work on a giving turf course; Contreras is handling, Dyna’s Mischief, and Boulanger moves
in here.
LILLIE’S ANSWER moved late on the outside in a first allowance race at seven furlongs on turf against a key winner last time; she has a tougher challenge here at the longer distance.


CRUMLIN QUEEN has been in a series of routes but like some of the others, will scale back to run seven furlongs with a switch to Tapeta; she competed in the Carotene against several of
these last time and was within range early but faded late.
MYTHICAL MISSION has enough tactical speed to cut back in distance to seven furlongs and switch to Tapeta, a footing over which she was second in the Oaks; she came off the shelf October 22nd and battled on the pace with, Silent Sonet, and, Ghostly Presence, but backed away when, Ghostly Presence, fought, Inflexibility, in the final furlong; she was finally a useful third; she has Husbands once again for Sam-Son Farm.
GREEK JUSTICE handled seven furlongs quite well last time when looking for her third lifetime win; she came from sixth at the top of the stretch and closed well outside to be second beaten a length; that was a high velocity performance.
GHOSTLY PRESENCE has been the runner up in consecutive stakes events and both have been there for the taking but she has had to settle for the runner up portion; she was part of a three way crowd on the pace last time and had the lead late when the eventual winner had difficulty finding room between rivals through the stretch; she finally succumbed to that one deep in the lane; like some of the others, she faces the challenge of cutting back in distance and moving to Tapeta for Chiefswood Stable and Roger Attfield.
GREEN FREEDOM was looking for room at the top of the stretch two starts ago and finished an ok fourth; most recently, she was able to get a position of prominence on the pace but she slipped back and, Greek Justice, was better in second.
DILLY DALLY DARBY is one of two supplements to the race here along with, Mythical Mission; she has finished on the edges in her last pair looking for her second lifetime win and this represents a significant class challenge for her; she is a homebred for Carlo Tucci going for Nick Gonzalez.


AGENT EIGHTY SIX was very simply able to use his superior speed last time to take a maiden win for $40,000; he meets an entirely tougher challenge here at seven furlongs against a more seasoned group.
LOUISIANA PURCHASE won first time out September 15th by breaking in front then settling back before steamrolling in the stretch to displace, Sable Island, and win comfortably under Contreras; he is handling, Admiralty Pier, here; he has been patiently handled waiting almost two months until this second start, yet, he has trained regularly up to this event for Martin Drexler; his big adjustment is stretching to seven furlongs.
SABLE ISLAND was preferred when he debuted and surprisingly lost in the stretch against, Louisiana Purchase; he settled for the runner up prize; second time out, he won big and was favoured and the runner up has come back to win; he came back with his best career work November 1st
in 1.00 for Gord Colbourne getting ready to extend to seven furlongs.
PIVEN ran well in the Colin Stakes when second beaten a half length at six furlongs and he stayed well; most recently, he went into a entirely different type of category against better opponents in the Grey and raced well for about seven furlongs of that difficult route event; cutting back to seven furlongs, looks ideal for him and he has trained forwardly in the interim.
AIN’T MY FAULT started a rally about five furlongs from home in a route October 25th for just $25,000 and was up late in the stretch to win it at long odds.
STORMFUHR departed the Cup & Saucer Stakes to go in a first allowance race last time on turf where he was still running strongly at the end despite giving up the lead in a key race; he now goes seven furlongs on Tapeta.
GET MY GIST faltered in the Simcoe Stakes after an early speed contribution and faltered out of the money after a similar style was used on turf last time.
MARCUS won his opener from off the pace sprinting at this distance on Tapeta and looked good; second time out, he went a mile on a yielding terrain and rated back; he was bumped repeatedly between rivals and that was sufficient discouragement and he sagged; he is looking for a better trip here on Tapeta.
ADMIRALTY PIER looks to be a cut above; his second start came in the Summer Stakes and despite laying in along the rail, Contreras motivated him to go forward; he was beaten less than a length in a gallant attempt; he was at Keeneland last time for the Grade 3 Bourbon which was originally scheduled for turf but went in slop; he came from a wide post and took the rider to the rail for the stretch drive where he closed with significant courage; he adds lasix today and goes seven furlongs on Tapeta from the outside post.

RACE #10

HE’S NO SAINT had a good race when he returned here from an Alberta campaign; he made a terrific run from sixth in the second flight to split runners only to have another rival come to his outside deep in the stretch and take it away from him; he attracted a claim by Norm McKnight and now is up in value.
MONEY TALKS was out of the money on turf last time after yet another slow start; he is dropping down now and going from a sprint to a Tapeta route; he is winless in recent times but could share with a good stretch kick.
DUPES shortened up to seven furlongs last time and came running in the stretch to be third behind the favourite; he now goes around two turns against better.
BATTLEOFBURLINGTON took his third win of the campaign October 18th but had to share the prize with a rival to his outside as they ended in a tie for $10,000 at six and a half furlongs; the challenge here is the route distance and he must stretch out against some key rivals.
PUGSLEY used the drop down angle perfectly last time; he looked like he was on his way to win; his rider waited for room to open along the inside and then he shot through the opening but, Supreme Commander, followed him through and beat him to the wire by a narrow neck; it was a peak performance and he looks to turn the tables in today’s rematch.
FINAL OFFER did the best thing and dropped in for $5,000 to ensure a victory last time and used a confident off the pace tactic after his sluggish departure from the gate; he attracted a claim and now goes for Willie Armata.
MIND MAGIC is surprisingly winless at this point in the season but was close by for $19,000 just two starts ago; he moved over to Tapeta in a difficult starter event last time and wasn’t far behind and now plunges for $10,000 looking for the breakthrough; he is seen as a wake up contender.
SUPREME COMMANDER departed consecutive out of the money finishes on turf to go to Tapeta at a route for $12,500 last time; he followed the favourite, Pugsley, through an opening along the inside at the top of the stretch then moved to that one’s outside for the stretch drive and won it narrowly; the rematch is
on today.
CAPE ZAVATA has been alternating between routes and seven furlong races and that pattern helped him get a longshot win September 29th; most recently, he was out of the money at seven furlongs and now goes long.
PARTY AT EIGHT was in for $6,250 last time and was perfectly handled by Contreras as he got room on the inside then slipped through for the narrow victory against non winners of three.
SALVATION SHOW was in against, Supreme Commander, and, Pugsley, last time and was doing some nice running late in the stretch advancing from tenth to be fifth and rates some consideration.