Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Friday

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

The 10 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian ET, 5.00am AEST Saturday in Australia.

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting – Races seven to nine are broadcast from 8.08am AEST Saturday on Sky Racing1.


CHASING MOMENTS is one of two in the race for Mark Casse; she is bred to be a stamina runner by, Orb; she has been here prepping since late September and Husbands was aboard for an October 29th work in 1.00.4.
GHOSTLY WIN has dedicated herself to turf racing and has been in the money in all three career races; she was close by last time against a key Casse winner; she had sharp speed in an interim work in 1.00.2.
SIZZLING ROMA debuted October 13th for $40,000 and couldn’t keep up against a fast group on Tapeta.
LIGHT IT UP has been outrun in both races on Tapeta and will now try turf as an option with blinkers added.
SECRETARIATS HONOR a debut runner with some turf in her pedigree has been on Tapeta for recent works for Reade Baker and was able to beat company October 29th in 48.3b getting ready; Contreras rides with lasix and blinkers.
MIDNIGHT FLASH was a rallying second in her opener; second time out, her inside post dictated a speed approach which failed; she has been freshened and now goes to turf and has worked quickly in the interim.
SWEET INSPIRATION a debut runner has turf in her pedigree and will go for Kevin Attard with Hernandez aboard; she was in company for her prep October 29th in 48.4 getting ready.
TOUCH OF EMMA a debut runner for Josie Carroll, is bred for turf; she beat company on turf October 20th
in 1.01.4 and recently sharpened from the gate; Mosqueira rides.
BIENVILLE STREET a homebred for Double W Thoroughbred Racing, is bred for speed on the top of
her pedigree and will compete only if this event goes on Tapeta; she worked quickly October 18th in 1.00.2 beating company.


DONNAS SWEET HEART competed most recently at six furlongs with a belated close; she gets a bit more room and has Hernandez.
SHEEGWEEHA came off the shelf October 15th and took her maiden win going away; she comes right back at the same distance; the runner up has come back to win.
LOOKINGFORANEWSPOT is without current momentum; she dropped down last time but lost by a wide margin.
LONDIE LOU is essentially halving in value here after a fringe try for $19,000; she is winless in recent years, yet, hasn’t been far away; she seeks a breakthrough win.
ESSENCES BEST had a wake up when shortened to just five furlongs last time; she made the lead late but was beaten at the last instant and then was disqualified from the runner up position.
SHEZ A TEN I KNOW competed at five furlongs last time and closed belatedly; she is winless for the campaign and Boulanger returns after a one race absence.
FLASHINTHEPANTS dropped to this level last time but there was no significant move forward; she makes a move to Slade Callaghan in hopes of a breakthrough.
SOMEWHERE OUTTHERE came off the shelf October 8th and plunged to this level and ran well in third; she comes off the shelf once again looking to build on that last good race.
BREWS TOONIE TOSS got close September 1st at this price range then was protected beyond her means last time; she gets down to her preferred level here.


LARKWOOD had a likeable opener on turf at six furlongs when lasix free in the summer time; she makes her way back now and had some significant prepping in September and has had a couple of recent works at five furlongs for Gustav Schickedanz; lasix is added.
PIRANO ran strongly in her opener on turf at a mile and was in against a well regarded top pair; she shortens to just six furlongs for a hot stable.
POKE THE DRAGON a debut runner for Sid Attard, is by the well bred, City Zip, a turf influence; she has worked on Tapeta the past while and sharpened from the gate November 4th in 1.01.4bg
PLACE THE BLAME debuted October 20th in a key race taken by a preferred Casse winner; for her part, she pressed the pace before fading; she has had a fast interim work in 47.3.
THINK MAGIC debuted in early September at five furlongs on Tapeta for Chiefswood Stable; she has trained up to this nicely and now moves to turf, lasix is added and Boulanger takes over.
CIRCLE THE BASES debuted October 7th at Belmont on turf and had aggressive positioning but faded very late; the shorter distance of this event should serve her well and she competes for the successful stable of Jeremiah Englehart.
ONLY ESSA had some early problems in her debut on turf and slipped back in double digits against a key winner.
LONHRO’SCOLLECTION came off the shelf October 20th and had early prominence only in a disappointing development; she has worked twice since that last event hoping to move forward.
MO FLASH woke up second time out on turf with blinkers and lasix added and she chased home a dominant winner; she has had interim prepping looking to build on that last peak effort.


TEVEZ a popular individual was coming off a win at Fort Erie October 7th and competed here October 25th
with a bid to mid stretch against a well regarded winner; he shortens to five furlongs, a distance he likes.
SPANISH TRICK came off the shelf recently and had speed but faded late; the shorter distance should be helpful but she now faces the boys.
BIRDIE NUM NUMS won at this short distance at Fort Erie last time at long odds for just $3,000; she is up in value for a chance to go just five furlongs against the boys.
RUN RUN was here for $5,000 last time when stretched to a route but the challenge was too big; he was in against a key group here two starts ago at this distance and that group was beyond him; he shortens up and adds blinkers.
HAWKS GOT FIRE dropped down for a race October 13th at six furlongs and weakened late against a key winner; the third place finisher has since won; he shortens in distance here.
DAN’S REVENGE was in Cleveland for a run last time at a low level but didn’t produce; he is a four time winner here.
EXECUTIVE FIVE came off the shelf October 7th at Fort Erie on turf and lost to, Tevez, who has been
entered; he did win twice at this distance on turf at Fort Erie this year.
VICIOUSGRASSHOPPER had sharp speed in Fort Erie races and won at five furlongs in September; he has had an opportunity for a local work.
SPLENDID GLORY a fast mare had her usual weakening performance last time and is winless in recent times.
BETWEEN DRINKS competed here on turf October 29th and had sharp speed but was overmatched; he drops down and moves to Tapeta at five furlongs.
HOMBRE NATURAL is typically fast in the early furlongs and had some success at Fort Erie this year; he is a two time career winner here.
STREET TAIL has alternated starts between here and Fort Erie but his lone win of the campaign came there going short.


ATLANTIC CROSSING got just enough out of his opener on turf to suggest improvement is coming today; he has had an interim work in 1.01.
SOUTHERN GREATNESS was hoping to get onto turf October 14th but the event went on Tapeta at a route and he raced on the edges just in behind, Intent To Strike; he shortens in distance for this opportunity to try turf.
APOLLO BENFICA has not been a factor in recent races that have come off the turf but his effort on grass in his debut was his best offering.
BAYFUL came to Woodbine October 4th after considerable time away and was overwhelmed by a key winner and
finished sixth; he now moves to the local turf.
LETTHEBIGHOSSROLL was on turf last time against a sharp winner and closed significant ground and there is a half furlong extra with which to work today.
SPRING EDITION moved back to turf last time and raced just on the edges against a key winner; he gets a little more room here.
SILENT EMPIRE moved over to turf September 23rd but was a longshot in the Vice Regent Stakes against a key winner; he offered only early speed; he shortens in distance against maidens.
BOURBON EXTENSION has finished far back in both of his career races; this will be his first start since the spring and he indicates a fast work here November 5th in 59.3 for Roger Attfield; He discovers the turf here.
VAUGHAN raced strongly on turf at six furlongs September 1st and was again runner up on the grass September 23rd; when the event came off the turf last time, he didn’t keep up.
INTENT TO STRIKE has had interrupted campaigning; he came here and joined the Malcolm Pierce stable for
Sam-Son Farm October 14th but the event was moved to Tapeta at a route and he was a strong second; for a chance to get onto turf, he shortens abruptly in distance.
JE SUIS CHARLIE is bred for stamina top and bottom but will try just six and a half furlongs on turf here in his debut; he worked quickly October 28th in 1.00.3 for Daniel Birtch.
MAJESTIC GOLDMINER a debut runner for Andrew Smith, will have a wide post for this contest; he has done lots of work since late September getting ready.


I AM WHO I AM has taken a couple of fringe prizes going long lately but remains winless in recent years; he goes up in value here.
ROCKET PLAY took the big drop last time and as the favourite, was only on the edges after a difficult trip and a foul claim against the runner up; Simon Husbands takes over at the longer venue.
HYTHE took the big drop to this level last time and like, Rocket Plan, was just on the edges; there is a bit more room available here.
STREET LEGAL scored for maiden $25,000 in September and looked good on the front end; he earned a good rating for his performance last time when on the edges against a key winner while lacking some room with a tentative approach; he should enjoy the sharp drop with Hernandez staying aboard.
SUBLIMINAL dominated the pace two starts ago for a maiden win at seven furlongs but had a disappointing run last outing as the favourite and will now go longer in hopes of ensuring
he will be on the front end.
I DELIVER is winless in recent years but now he takes a substantial drop after finishing just behind, Street Legal last time.
MARCH TO MY TUNE has not been a factor in his last two routes and has lacked prominence in the middle stages.
ARMED ESCORT scored for maiden $8,000 at a sprint at Fort Erie last time; he will experiment with a route here.
FIERY BEAR is without a share in his last three events and stretched out last time when sixth while the winner took a big drop to dominate.
RED ROMEO has been on Tapeta at this level for his last two events but has not shared and was longer odds last time.


WHITE MOON will be moving over to turf seeking her initial win on that footing; her maiden score came
October 25th going long on Tapeta; she jumps in value.
FLUTIE joined the Kevin Attard stable October 21st and did the best thing by dropping substantially off the long layoff; she had to work harder than most expected but she was in front throughout; she previously had experience on turf in New Orleans.
GLIB MARYLIN has been nibbling around the edges on both turf and Tapeta lately; she was in behind, Tancook, and, Paddy Point, last time in a good effort after being delayed at a crucial point; she rates respect with a better trip.
BULLET THEBLUE SKY found the right spot with a big drop for maiden $16,000 last time and she handled turf ideally with a late surge for her initial win.
LIDDY UP will be giving away some value to run for just $20,000 for the productive stable of Tony Michael Gattellaro; she disappointed as the favourite last time,
yet, wasn’t far away against better and her negative actions in the gate pre race contributed to her downfall.
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE had good results on turf September 2nd and then again a month later; in a Tapeta sprint last time, the speed overwhelmed her; she should welcome the return to turf at a route.
NORTHERN FERN missed some time heading to an October 27th race where she ran willingly on the edges going shorter than today’s requirements.
PADDY POINT went long on Tapeta last time in this category and rallied inside to narrowly miss; she is a one time winner on turf but her recent essays on grass have been unproductive
TWENTYTWENTYCREST took a maiden win on turf last time with a splendid late close; she devalues with
a chance to continue her prominence.
NADELEINE had an early summertime on turf but since that time has not been able to keep up; her strength is her ability to close and she is now down at a lower level.
GYPSY JAZZ has faced tough opponents both on Tapeta and Turf without producing in her last two races; she was doing better in the summer time; she gets a much needed drop and will compete only if this event comes off turf.
TANCOOK remains winless for the year although she got close last time when dropped to this level; the winner had a significant performance to beat her on Tapeta.


MAJOR PRODUCTION has exhibited significant stamina over his last three races including a win on the synthetic course at Presque Isle when travelling beyond this distance; he upset
the favourite here last time when on turf; Garcia takes over for this tougher test.
EIRIGH scored for $40,000 last time with a well timed late move as the even money favourite; today's challenge is meeting a contentious group at an extended distance; Husbands now rides for Kevin Attard.
JOHNNY BEAR was the hero of the Grade 1 Northern Dancer at a mile and half on turf; he failed significantly last time in the Grade 1 Canadian International; while turf is his favourite footing he handles Tapeta just fine and his class and stamina are obvious strengths.
ETHICAL FUNDS is without a win this season and he will be departing his favourite footing on turf to go to Tapeta which is more of challenge for him; he did have an outstanding one mile work on November 2nd in sparkling 1.41.
VIVA LAD a popular visitor from Presque Isle was claimed from a recent runner up finish here for just $25,000; he has well established stamina credentials and will attempt a class jump for new trainer Edwin Knight.
BANGKOK beat the favourite Melmich in last year's Valedictory; he had productive form earlier this year then got into some difficult stakes engagements without producing; he failed a marathon test recently in a primer for this 13 furlong prep for the Valedictory.
PUMPKIN RUMBLE put himself in the mix for the upcoming Valedictory with a smart rallying win under Campbell at 12 furlongs; his class was evident in a strong series of turf stakes and now stamina is a current asset.
ENGLISH ILLUSION has dedicated himself to three consecutive races at a mile half in preparation for another bid in the upcoming Valedictory; last year he moved boldly but too late in the big event itself and finished fourth beaten just a length and half; he exits a useful prep race where a lack of early pace resulted in a premature move to the lead which proved to be faulty strategy.
U S MARSHAL had a breakthrough win in August with excellent middle pace velocity; most recently he tested his class against Melmich and that rival remained perfect for the season but this one was a distant and willing runner up; the extra distance is a challenge; he worked well October 29th in 1.00.2 out in 1.12.4.
PORTREE has passed several stamina challenges in his career; while he is winless for the year his freshness is a big asset; he went a mile and half last time against some of these and moved prematurely then was displaced late by, Pumpkin Rumble, in what was a good offering; he worked strongly for this November 2nd in 1.00.2.


MONSOON RAIN got in against a key winner when trying to repeat last time and finished a distant third against that dominant winner while, Delamar, took second money; she will be stretching to seven furlongs with Contreras staying aboard but has the difficult inside post.
SAVANNAH ROXANNA attracted a reclaim September 9th by Nick Gonzalez when she ran below
her best but there was stark improvement last time when she won on the front end; Contreras who was aboard,is handling, Monsoon Rain, and Campbell will take over here.
DELAMAR has a good reference from her last race when a willing second behind the dominant winner,
Grace And Dignity, who remained perfect; she did keep, Monsoon Rain, a short length behind her in third; she must now stretch to seven furlongs and Hernandez once again has the mount.
WORLDS YOUR OYSTER had a strong winning debut October 15th when she was powerful through the stretch
to get a half length victory; she captured that Ontario sire event at long odds and now gets in against more open company in this second start.
MEET YOU AT HOME found the perfect spot by dropping down and departing a series of out of the money finishes on turf; she woke up last time and the betting public
made her the distinct favourite and she drew off; her task is tougher here with the jump in value and the cutback in distance.
MISS SAVVY won second time out for Steve Attard and improved significantly in that second start which came at six and a half furlongs; she used a deep closing style under Lermyte and was clear at the end; she gets even more room here but is taking a class hike; she worked well October 31st in 50.
CLOSER STILL is a Casse runner who won second time out; she stayed closer to the pace at five furlongs and was clear at the end; changes here include the addition of lasix and the extension to seven furlongs with a jump in value to the first allowance level; she has trained forwardly.
LADIES NIGHT failed in the prep for the Natalma and instead went next to the Mazarine on Tapeta where she finished a useful third against a Casse top pair; the winner was unplaced at the Breeders’ Cup; she will now shorten to seven furlongs and come from the outside.

RACE #10

NIIGON’S GLORY has found it too challenging at higher levels and will now take a multi level drop to go for $16,000 in search of his first win of the year.
DEEP FREEZE has committed to turf in a series of races and had an early season success at a mile on the grass; he comes off the shelf, drops in value and moves around two turns on Tapeta here with Boulanger now aboard.
COMEDY GOLD had early season success but has had wide losses in recent events against challenging opponents; he takes a class drop here in hopes of a wake up and Wilson rides.
DIVINE DANCE has been in a series of starter events and has done well with a couple of wins in only four starts this season; in his latest, he was late in fourth but it was still a strong performance; he now comes on to the open market for just $16,000 seeking his third win of the campaign.
THE ORIGINAL SCOTTY is a deep running veteran who has two wins this season but he has been a confirmed fringe player lately; like some others in here, he is dropping down in hopes of better production and Da Silva who knows him well, takes over.
CLEVER SOUL beat non winners of two, three starts ago and last time defeated non winners of three with a nice rally; he must go against multiple winners here for Denyse McClachrie and drops one price range; he was forced to scratch October 29th.
ASTERISM attracted a claim for just $12,500 last time when he had a letdown performance at a route off the shelf; he now goes for Debra Rombis with Kirk Johnson aboard.
BIG BAZINGA has been found wanting in his last couple of races at higher levels; he has had good speed positioning both times but has slipped back; he makes changes here with a drop to the $16,000 mark and he travels a half furlong shorter.
MALIBU WOOD came off the shelf October 27th for $23,500 and was aggressive on the pace but had no resistance in the lane in the same race where, Thunder Point, was better in third and he is here.
PUGSLEY has just a single win in each of his last two seasons and his victory this campaign came in the summer time; he came close last time after a premature move to the lead only to be beaten by a deeper closer than himself at one price lower than this; he rates attention.
YOU KNOW JACK is an off the pace sprinter who has a single win this season; he attracted a claim last time when only fourth and now jumps in value and extends in distance.
THUNDER POINT had his two race winning streak broken when he jumped to the $23,500 mark last time and finished a useful third as the favourite behind a likeable top pair; now that he gets to drop back to the level of his previous win, he is a strong factor once again for Norm McKnight.
SEEKING THE BAY was in the same most recent race as, Big Bazinga, and lacked the prominence of that one and finished eighth beaten about five lengths just two lengths behind his rival who is also here; he should welcome the drop in value in search of his first win of the campaign.

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