Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday
Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Sunday. Selections by Jim Bannon.
The 10 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian ET, 5.00am AEST Monday.
Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting – Races seven to ten are broadcast from 8.08am AEST on Sky Racing2 and 09.08am AEST on Sky Racing1.
5 TOMATO BISQUE
8 MAGIC SPELL
BIENVILLE STREET a debut runner for Michael McDonald, is a homebred for Double W Thoroughbred Racing Inc., and is bred for speed by, Street Boss, and is from a dam who produced the local runner, Chilled Milk, and she is in the second race; he worked October 18th in 1.00.2 with speed getting ready.
TERMINOLOGY a debut runner, is a homebred for John C. Oxley from a dam who did produced the stakes winner, Stormin Monarcho; Da Silva will ride in this opener for Mark Casse; as Husbands opts for Bernatina.
BERNATINA was expected to improve second time out and ran better with front end speed but she was second best behind a second time starter who improved significantly; she shortens to five furlongs.
GALS GOT RHYTHM attracted a claim from the Casse stable September 27th and for new interests last time, was close only early; she goes shorter.
TOMATO BISQUE ran a superb race at five furlongs in her opener when narrowly beaten; in her third start September 16th, she was in against an unbeatable winner and most recently in her fourth start, she was also in against a dominant winner from the Casse stable and finished third; she hooks up here with Bernatina from the Casse stable and both bring speed to the occasion.
ZYANZA had sharp speed in her debut but she faltered and then stopped; in just her second career start, she will depart the lasix program.
LA DOLCE UNO a debut runner for Andrew Smith, competes for Joey Gee Thoroughbreds and is by, Macho Uno, and from a dam who was an eight time winner; she beat company from the gate October 18th in 1.02.2bg getting ready.
MAGIC SPELL a debut runner for Gail Cox, is by, Majesticperfection, a Grade 1 sprint winner in Saratoga;
she is from a dam who did produce, Next Speaker, an eleven time winner; she had sharp gate speed in company October 29th in 36.4bg getting ready.
8 EDISTO ISLAND - BEST BET
5 CHILLED MILK
1 KLASSY DELIGHT
3 GOLDEN PINEAPPLE
KLASSY DELIGHT is going from a strong performance on turf to Tapeta here from the inside post; his last event was a significant move forward in form and he looks to transfer that enthusiasm to this surface.
SINFUL PLEASURES was in a slowly run race October 21st when coming off the shelf and finished second to the heavy favourite and had every chance through the stretch.
GOLDEN PINEAPPLE was getting her second start October 28th and for $19,000, she had some late interest but wasn’t a factor; she gets to stretch out around two turns.
GEORGIA SWEETS is a runner with some size who came off the shelf October 7th on turf and finished a distant eighth when, Chilled Milk, was a much better second.
CHILLED MILK was getting her second start October 7th and the money showed for her; she had a bounding second place finish on the turf at six and a half furlongs and will now look to extend two turns on Tapeta in her newfound positive form.
CALAIS COVE tried turf in earlier races without success; she will now go two turns on Tapeta and Moran stays aboard.
LYLA D was at a mile on turf in this category last time and advanced from ninth to be fifth beaten only five lengths with, Klassy Delight, in third.
EDISTO ISLAND cut back to six furlongs last time and dropped to this category and had a wake up run where she was moving quickly deep in the stretch and she lost by inches; she will now experiment around two turns from the widest post for Mark Casse.
1 LOVE IN THE FOREST
2 EXECUTIVE SIGHT
6 THE YOUNG LORD
LOVE IN THE FOREST has had interrupted campaigning; he won his opener last autumn but didn’t get back to the races again until September 27th 2017 and he was second best on that occasion behind a winner who had a peak performance; he looks to build on that following more time off for Daniel Wills and has prepped in the interim both at Fort Erie and more recently here.
EXECUTIVE SIGHT was in a tough spot last time looking for space through the stretch and he got shuffled; he found some room with about a furlong to go and had a visual burst out of traffic and was finally sixth beaten three lengths while, Timeiseverything, was better in third.
TIMEISEVERYTHING had a strong maiden win in front two starts ago; he raced from the outside in his latest and from off the pace, he rallied to be third beaten only two lengths in a good try; he had, Executive Sight, in behind him.
BEN LOMOND makes a switch to Contreras here; he had trouble getting out of the gate from the inside post last time and that was costly; he finished seventh beaten three and a half lengths in a race where blinkers were added.
SALIERI broke his maiden two starts ago on turf with a professional run through the stretch; most recently on turf, he was beaten less than a length as he drove up between rivals and had every chance but he hung; he moves to Tapeta.
THE YOUNG LORD had a highly promising opener this spring at five furlongs with a late rush beating, Executive Sight; he did not do as well in his second start and went on the shelf; he has worked quickly over short distances getting ready to come back with blinkers and with Slade Callaghan now aboard; trainer Ian Black has done well with runners off the shelf.
FULLTHROTTLE KID dropped into an easier type of maiden race October 20th and the result was evident as he got a front end trip for a maiden score at 7-1; he now tries non winners of two.
AREOCENTRIC has faded in his last three races and will now depart the lasix program; Moran will have the mount here.
WHERE’S THE GOLD opted for an inside path last time and advanced from eleventh to be fourth through the stretch just a half length behind the third place finisher, Timeiseverything; he has a chance to rally here from the outside going shorter; Hernandez now rides.
3 ROYAL INTRIGUE
4 COLTON’S CORNER
7 MACHO DANCER
ENTWISTLE raced far on the outside in the run down the backstretch last time in a race that came off turf and that effort was evidence that his form had slipped on Tapeta; he enters for turf here.
DRUMCLIFF had a most unfortunate journey last time which was ruined because of an incident along the inside at the top of the stretch; that race broke his two race winning streak but he looks to get going again here.
ROYAL INTRIGUE moved smartly along the inside for a win in is previous event; most recently in this category on Tapeta, he waited on the turn and then made his move in the stretch and narrowly missed against some key opponents.
COLTON’S CORNER had an excusable journey last time searching for room when traveling seven furlongs on turf in this category and he was an unlucky second; he is asked to go farther here.
FOREST BROTHER got too far behind in the middle stages to be effective in a quickly run race at seven furlongs last time when, Colton’s Corner, was second.
LAPOCHKA had a difficult journey two starts ago and was hoping for better luck last time but he was wide at the point of the turn and finally finished seventh beaten three lengths against some of these with, Royal Intrigue, third.
MACHO DANCER was full value for his win October 14th when returning from an extended time away and moving to the stable of Martin Hinckson; he galloped away from that group late with blinkers on at 37-1; he takes on a more difficult test here.
CARLOS SIXES picked a tough spot for his return from time away October 1st and was overwhelmed by a key group from which the first, fourth and fifth place finishers have all come back to win; he looks to build on that last race to get back in the game here.
MICK THE CONQUEROR competed last time on turf in a race that was set up for a late closer and he did his best through the home lane to win it at 8-1 for his second score.
REMEMBERMIS was two wide of three runners last time when dropped in for $20,000 and he came up short and was claimed; he is one of two in the race for Sylvain Pion.
SINE METU showed a great deal of stamina in consecutive races and was third here on turf last time at over two miles; he goes a significantly shorter distance today where the velocity will be ramped up significantly; if he is to have an impact, it will be late.
ARTHUR’S PASS won first time off the claim for Don MacRae October 27th and used a new tactic coming
from much farther off the pace to win at the expense of, Gray Phantom, who has already come back to win.
GRAY PHANTOM lost narrowly to, Arthur’s Pass, two starts ago then came back to win last time for Martin Drexler with a smart three wide rally for $25,000; he will compete only if this event comes off turf.
ARTISTICO will compete only on Tapeta; he is looking for his initial win of the year and has tried to build momentum through a recent workout.
8 GINGER CANDY
3 MY RAY OF SUNSHINE
4 BAD NANA
5 LADY VIOLET M
MISTY SPIRIT dropped all the way down from the $20,000 mark to go for $6,250 last time and finished only fourth with, My Ray Of Sunshine, in second and that one is here.
CANDY PHIL dropped in for $10,000 last time at five furlongs and the money showed for her immediately and she went off as the favourite; she produced a perfect run under Wilson with late momentum to steal it; she now tries non winners of three and has an extra furlong with which to work.
MY RAY OF SUNSHINE broke behind last time when plunged all the way down to the $6,250 mark and then had a generous rally advancing from seventh to be second; he jumps back up in value for $9,500.
BAD NANA dropped down to ensure a victory last time and was ridden with confidence patiently staying off the pace and then moving best in the lane; she attracted a claim by Scott Fairlie and now goes up in value.
LADY VIOLET M was a winner at Fort Erie two starts ago taking down a nice purse; she was unplaced there last time and will now drop below her claimed price looking for her third win of the campaign; Hernandez knows her well.
RAINBOWS AHEAD takes the big drop today in for only $10,000; last time for $20,000, she was reserved close to a slow pace but she disappointed and had no resistance.
SILVER RING plunged in for $6,250 last time as the even money favourite and had early prominence but faded along the inside behind a couple of long shots.
GINGER CANDY was in a tough race in this category last time and chased a middle pace that was difficult for her; she then went flat late when fourth beaten two lengths; the runner up has come back to win for $19,000 on a jump and the sixth place finisher has since dropped to beat, Silver Ring.
IRIS WILL has been in three consecutive routes with two good finishes; she will shorten in distance here in hopes of a late run and a breakthrough score for the season.
3 WHERE’S ANTHONY
5 POOL PLAYA
7 POQUITO BANDITO
LOOSELY BREWED is one of two in the race for Daniel Wills; this one is by, Milwaukee Brew, and from a dam who has produced a couple of winners; he was prepared at Fort Erie and has had three consecutive works at five furlongs since coming here including a gate trial last Saturday in 1.01.1bg.
FLASHY CHARM debuted October 28th at long odds and raced inside initially but couldn’t keep up and finished far behind with, Poquito Bandito in third.
WHERE’S ANTHONY was getting his second start October 15th and raced well at this distance with a good closing kick to be just a length and a half behind the runner up, Pool Playa, who was debuting in that race; the fourth place finisher, Berkeley Boy, has come back with a good runner up finish; Boulanger who took over last time, retains the mount.
TIMESKIP was among those delayed during the loading process last time because of a couple of other rivals; once underway, he was behind early of his own accord but moved late on the outside to salvage his opener and was fifth beaten only a length in an ok race for Renee Kierans; there is an extra furlong added here.
POOL PLAYA is bred for stamina that had plenty of early speed October 15th in a six furlong debut where he fought a pace duel with the eventual ninth place finisher then
yielded to the rallying favourite and took second money over, Where’s Anthony; he meets that rival here.
MARTINKELLY had a good route race two starts ago with a significant rally against a dominant winner; he was looking to build on that effort at low odds last time but was steadied on the first turn and couldn’t find his best stride at the top of the lane and it was an ineffective performance; he uses the turn back angle here to just six furlongs.
POQUITO BANDITO debuted October 28th at five furlongs and was on his way early with the lead along the inside but he was beaten late and finished third just a half length behind; he looks to build on that race in his second start at a furlong farther.
DANCING DEREK a debut runner for Laurie Silvera, is from the same dam who produced the stakes winner,
Bent Attorney; he does have speed potential as exhibited in his work October 28th and he travels six furlongs at first asking with Moreno aboard with blinkers.
SHANTELLE’S CHANCE had plenty of early speed in an October 7th launch at seven furlongs but lost his velocity through the stretch against a key winner; he looks to retreat to six furlongs.
1 SOLON’S WARNING
2 IMAGE OF LUCY
SOLON’S WARNING has had a good series of events and took her third career win last time with a front end score and persisted when the late pace weakened; she draws the inside post against multiple winners in this spot.
IMAGE OF LUCY received a rousing ride from Mosqueira to win at 51-1 last time when taking her third lifetime score; that style has been rewarded lately; she now moves in against multiple winners.
TEATOE has been out of the money in consecutive events and was running for just $5,000 here last time when she started up into a hot pace and then finished out of the money.
TIMBERLINE is an obvious one to consider given her outstanding win just two starts ago for $15,000 as she romped; most recently, she went into a protected range for $23,500 and lost in double digits; Contreras takes over and had a good race with her for $20,000 three starts ago.
AUNT SUE had every chance for $5,000 last time and looked like a winner but hung at the last moment and settled for third.
EXTREMIST went from a route to a sprint last time and had an ok fourth place finish; she now stretches back to a route.
AWFULLY SINFUL attracted a claim when dropped in for $6,250 last time and she finished in a tie for third at a route at Fort Erie.
CHEDINGTON had a booming win two starts ago when claimed for $8,000; she went into a protected race October 8th and lost by a wide margin on turf but Hernandez stays with her with the drop back for $10,000 and the move to Tapeta.
SIERRA ANGEL made an inside dash last time for $6,000 but faltered at the most crucial time and was out of the money yet again.
4 GIGANTIC BREEZE
3 DRAGON BAY
1 WESTERN RESERVE
WESTERN RESERVE is a two time stakes winner; he was claimed in the spring time at Churchill Downs and won an added money race on the turf at Indiana Grand in July for J. Kent Sweezey; he went to Kentucky Downs last time to try a rich one mile test and set the pace for the longest time and gave way only very late; he has a single win on a synthetic surface but turf horses easily move to this surface; Contreras will ride; he competes for Turf Stable Racing.
TALE OF THE NILE has been moved to the Casse stable for Live Oak Plantation after a successful meeting at Presque Isle where he was a two time winner; he did set the pace in the Presque Isle Mile which was taken by locally based, Gigantic Breeze, while he finished fifth; most recently, he raced strongly on the pace there and missed narrowly; he worked here October 25th for Mark Casse going quite well showing a preference for this surface.
DRAGON BAY won the Eclipse Stakes on Tapeta back in the spring time beating a good field that included, Are You Kidding Me; he did take a further win in the Nijinsky; he contested the Woodbine Mile and raced on a slow pace but faltered in that key race from which the top two have come back to be first and second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and both, Tower Of Texas, and, Glenville Gardens, have come out of that race to score; he went to Keeneland for a chance to run on grass last time where he was in prime contention until late; he gets back to Tapeta here for Stuart Simon with Hernandez aboard; he competes for Brent McLellan, Russell McLellan and Stuart Simon.
GIGANTIC BREEZE a homebred for Stan Dodson’s Hopefield Farm, scored the biggest win of his career last time out when he captured the Presque Isle Mile with a devastating late run and that makes him a real threat here; in second was, Ghost Hunter, and he had won that race last year; he was third narrowly beaten behind, Melmich, in the Seagram and second behind him in the Dominion Day and gets one more shot at the division leader here.
MELMICH is working on a five race winning streak which includes four consecutive stakes events; in the Durham, he had a perfect trip sitting behind four duelling leaders and he swept by on the turn; he had to work harder to win the Elgin against, Field Of Courage, who next won the Nearctic; he meets up with, Gigantic Breeze, and has had some good matches against that keen rival; he worked well October 29th in 1.01 getting ready and also had a subsequent work for Kevin Attard; he competes for Stephan Chesney and Cory Hoffman
7 WEST L. A. GIRL
4 CONQUEST CITY GIRL
6 SUPER SARAH
MISS SEA failed a route test on Tapeta two starts ago then cut back in distance and went to a turf sprint last time where the speed got away from her; this will be her second race off the shelf and she goes seven furlongs on Tapeta here; she trained smartly October 28th in 1.00.1 for Mike Keogh.
BLURRICANE made a move last time just as the winner accelerated and she chased that strong rival to the finish and was second best when returning from time away; the winner has come back with an impressive score on turf; in that last race, she did keep, West L. A. Girl, just in behind her and meets that one in here as one of the favourites today.
D’ORO PARADISE will be getting her first start since the middle of July when she was a fringe player in this category; she is seeking her initial win of the campaign and has trained nicely in recent works over short distances for Roger Attfield.
CONQUEST CITY GIRL was in the same most recent race as some of these last time and had forward positioning from the rail; she tried to move away from the inside at the same time when, Blurricane, made her run and got lapped by that runner and finally finished an ok fourth; this will
be her second race off the shelf and she has had positive interim prepping.
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP was a developing three year old in the spring time with consecutive wins but was shelved after a race July 16th; she indicates a regular series of works through October and into this month getting ready for Don MacRae and for the first time, she will face older rivals.
SUPER SARAH had an upset win October 7th when she drafted behind rivals then made a remarkable move to be clear at 31-1; the stable has made a recent habit of producing longshot winners and Moran will once again have the mount for John Mattine.
WEST L. A. GIRL fits nicely in this category and she likes the distance and has a positive reference last time when only a long length behind the runner up, Blurricane; she finished third behind a key winner who has already come back to win; Boulanger takes over.
3 OCEAN COURT
10 LAKE MANITOU
8 TRAJECLY HIPP
1 FROST DELAY
5 GABBY’S BALLERINA
FROST DELAY comes out of a better race than some of the others and was fourth beaten five lengths after rallying from ninth; that race gives her a suggestion of going longer and while the stretch out angle has not been a profitable one for the stable, she looks to be sitting on improved form.
CHEETAHRA was in for $7,500 going only short last time and couldn’t reach contention; she is likely to enjoy the slower pace structure today with the blinkers on at the longer distance.
OCEAN COURT got shuffled back last time and then got going again too late in the stretch at the same time the winner rallied and she had to settle for second; she did keep some of these behind her; she looks like a strong threat once again.
SOPHIA’S DREAM was in against some of these last time and drafted from the inside but didn’t improve her position.
GABBY’S BALLERINA gave the impression last time that even more room would be helpful; she used a different and more patient style which suited her well and when the late pace was quickening, she was trying to move forward and was fourth while, Ocean Court, was third and, Lake Manitou, was third.
DIAMOND VISION was done midway through the stretch last time after using an ineffective speed style; the blinkers are on here.
SINGING BROOKE was not a factor in a six furlong race at long odds last time after some commotion at the gate; getting a position of prominence earlier in the race would be helpful.
TRAJECLY HIPP was returning from time away October 25th and she drafted in traffic as if she would have a strong stretch kick but she moved only mildly seemingly needing the race; she can certainly build on that event now; she had strong form here last November.
VIENNA BY NIGHT had been using a speed style at Fort Erie both on the dirt and turf there and has been fading deep in the stretch.
LAKE MANITOU is a strong factor here once again; she finished just inches behind the runner up, Ocean Court, two starts ago and was a length behind that rival last time when again reporting in third; she stayed well outside while the winner closed on the rail.
CALLIELIKEDHERBREW was in against some of these last time and made a move on the backstretch to the outside of, Ocean Court, but slipped back during the stretch run; she needs a little more force through the lane.
COURT QUEEN was in the same most recent race as these but didn’t reach contention and was farther back late.
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