Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Saturday

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 Sunday.

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting
– Races seven and ten are broadcast from 8.08am AEST Sunday on Sky Racing2 and 09.38am AEST on Sky Racing1.


MODUS OPERANDI engaged, Luckbe Tanya, in a pace fight last time and lost out; she had been pinched back early but the winner was simply too good.
HIDDEN TO WIN went from a sprint to a route last time and made a premature move to the lead then the winner stormed by in the stretch leaving her with second.
LUCABUNNY was introduced here from Presque Isle October 29th and ran well for $25,000 chasing the pace of the winner, Luckbe Tanya, and she finished third beaten two lengths but the winner had too good a response.
MOZAMBIQUE GOLD took her third lifetime win October 28th when she got her second start off the shelf; she departed turf and went to Tapeta where she commanded the pace and held off the well regarded runner up who closed too late; she fits for $25,000 against multiple winners.
TURN TO REALITY is looking for her first share of the campaign and gave away some value last time at Keeneland and is down in price here.
LUCKBE TANYA found the right spot to set a controlled pace at a route on Tapeta October 29th and that was her ticket to her second win of the campaign; she is now going third time off the claim for Sid Attard.
LILLY’S GOLDIE had an obvious slump in the summer time; her return race October 27th was set up nicely for a closer and her overall performance was quite good; if that race is an indicator that the slump is over, then she is an obvious one to stretch out and do well here.


CAROLINA GRACE took a maiden win on turf at seven furlongs October 13th waiting along the inside before angling out for room and producing a winning rally under Garcia for Brandon Greer; she has been freshened and is hopeful here of a chance to get onto the turf.
RED CABERNET was second in the La Prevoyante Stakes on turf at a mile three starts ago but only fifth in the Carotene at a longer distance last time; she will be cutting back in distance here with a chance to have an impact.
ROYAL KATY posted a near impossible rally two starts ago at seven furlongs on Tapeta when second beaten a half length against a winner who has repeated; most recently also on Tapeta, she was reserved back then was fanned quite wide on the turn.
CINDERVELLA has made a number of stakes appearances but revenue has dwindled and now she will move into a race for non winners of two while remaining protected; she was beaten only five lengths in the Eternal Search Stakes two starts ago but her turf discovery of September 10th was lacking; she finished far behind the runner up, Red Cabernet.
COBRA SOPHIE has tried the turf only twice and won on it September 13th for a maiden score; most recently, she was looking for room and finally finished sixth.
EUMENIDES responded well along the inside on turf last time to be second beaten just a length when she was seeking her second lifetime score; she shortens in distance for this.
LISA’S ESCARPMENT was no match for the runner up,
Red Cabernet, in the La Prevoyante Stakes two starts ago; last time, she drafted behind rivals and then wedged her way through to finish on the edges in an ok race on Tapeta.


CANADIAN CLUB EH debuted October 14th and was tiny odds and was sent to the lead but was done by mid stretch and finished sixth beaten about ten lengths; for this second start, she drops for $30,000 with blinkers on and Boulanger now riding; Dave Cotey is deputizing during Ralph Biamonte’s absence; she figures to be fast on the pace.
GREAT GRETA broke last in her debut at 31-1 for $10,000 then started running in the stretch and galloped out well; she is up in value for this second start.
SPUN FROM GOLD had a booming speed race on turf two starts ago but was caught late; most recently, she faded in a Tapeta sprint and the runner up has since scored; she comes down in value and has been busy with works this month for Mike De Paulo.
SHAUNESSY stumbled at the break and lost all chance last time; she got back into a chasing mode but finished third against the favourite.
ITALIAN ICE has been traded at auction and for a smaller sum; she competes for Nick Nosowenko and will go for $32,000 here; she is by, Gio Ponti, who has already had some success; she has tried to build momentum through works and Contreras has been lured for this opener.
SOUPER SALARY has failed in consecutive events and will now turn back in distance and drop to go for a claiming evaluation for the initial time in hopes of a better stretch presence.
DIVA ON A DIME was in for $23,500 last time when coming off the shelf and steadied on the backstretch when last; she was duelling against the third place finisher through the stretch but had to settle for fourth.
TREETOP SINGER a debut runner for Denyse McClachrie, is by, With Distinction, a velocity runner and is from a dam who has produced four winners, the richest of which is, Bonita Luna; she worked five furlongs November 11th getting ready and had back to back five furlongs in late October.


GAMBLE’S CITIZEN was sent up on the pace October 14th at six and a half furlongs on Tapeta then weakened; he enters for a chance to get onto the turf here.
LOVE IN THE FOREST competed last Sunday and was looking for room at the top of the stretch but there was no time for delay in that event as several runners were moving well through the lane and he ended up seventh beaten just a couple of lengths as the field came together late.
CARDINAL SIN won big on turf in July of 2016 at Ellis Park; he finally made his way back to the races October 21st for a Tapeta run at five furlongs for Dale Desruisseaux; he was moved to the stable of Reade Baker after that race and has had interim prepping and Contreras will now ride; but at seven furlongs.
LEO FROM HEAVEN stopped badly in a race October 14th at a sprint on Tapeta then dropped down last time and had the same type of disappointing stretch run.
MAGICAL MAN benefitted from his opener and peaked second time out with a win on the lead at six and a half furlongs; the bias in favour of closers was so strong that day that he was the only speed runner on the entire card to win in front; he enters for turf but will be handy in case this event comes off the grass.
LEVIATHAN was reclassified downward to go for $32,000 in his local introduction October 7th and he found room on the rail to win it as the favourite in his fourth lifetime start; he has tried turf in the past if that opportunity presents itself.
SNICKER took big support last time and came from last on the turn to finish fourth beaten five lengths as the favourite on a yielding terrain at a mile; at seven furlongs on turf two starts ago, he ran a very strong race in second.
SOUPER FLY OVER was introduced to the local turf October 22nd and was one paced while finishing fifth beaten three lengths; he had a peak race back in August on Tapeta when winning in front but hasn’t been as productive since and now runs for a tag.
PERLARANA had a booming win on turf two starts ago for Alan Desruisseaux; most recently, he opted for a race on Tapeta where he was close only early then faltered from the inside; Wilson was aboard for a good work November 9th in 48.4.
GASCONADE attracted a claim for $20,000 last time when he faltered out of the money; he will now go over to turf a footing he handled well in New York back in September.
WILLY’S CASTLE will compete only if this event is on Tapeta and he was fourth on that surface last time when faltering and he was claimed.
STORM RULER had a race on Tapeta last time that will make him a strong threat here if he gets to compete today; he was third beaten two lengths against, Giant Storm, who is currently on a winning streak; he must come from the outside.


LOYALTY BOY was a distant second behind a strong router two starts ago; most recently, he went long again and finished fourth when, Ginger Sky, was second and, Sharp Brew, was third.
GINGER SKY had a good work prior to his second start October 22nd which came at a route for Francine Villeneuve; he indicated general improvement; a slow departure from the gate was costly but he stayed on well against a strong winner; he did have some of these behind him.
SHARP BREW improved in his second start with a move from a stretch to a route following a freshening; he was finally four lengths shy of the runner up, Ginger Sky, who is here.
IS BOURBON went seven furlongs last time and finished a mild fourth as the top two were well removed; he gets his first route here.
HAZY DAVY now competes as a gelding and will be going around two turns after a distant third place finish last outing against a key top pair and the runner up has come back to win while the first place finisher, Silent Sting, is in the Frost King today.
GRYPHON’S BREW a tall individual, had a mild outside gain against a speed winner last time and should appreciate stretching out.
SILENT OAKS was fully expected to improve second time out and he was on a committed speed mission in front but he was taken down late by a rallier in a good showing; he now goes around two turns.
ABSOLUTION raced out of contention in the Cup & Saucer on turf and that was a key race; he has been switched to the stable of Tony Michael Gattellaro and now goes to a maiden contest at a route on Tapeta.
SILENT JET looked promising prior to his opener August 12th where he finished only fourth; second time out, he made a good middle move but was simply second best to a much improved winner who subsequently was second in the Grey; he has had four works at five furlongs getting ready since his last race.
LEGAL GUMP is a speed horse who always seems to stick around on the edges; that was the case last time when he was second against a front runner at six and a half furlongs; Dave Cotey is deputizing here and sends this one around two turns.
LEO’S GOLD was outside but stalled last time in fifth against a strong favourite; he now goes two turns.


THORA BARBER is fresh and had a good race October 21st when traveling seven furlongs on turf; she drafted from behind rivals and then made a move on the inside to be second behind a key winner.
RITZY ROSE was an easy winner on turf at a mile September 24th when returning from a freshening; she scratched from a race November 11th that came off the turf and she will go here instead hoping for an opportunity to get back on grass.
LUCKFROMABOVE was close by on turf two starts ago; she advanced on the turn last time as if she would have an impact but finished fourth when, Thora Barber, was a length better in second.
I’LL TAKE THE CAKE won first time off the claim for Steven Chircop with a strong rally in the stretch under Hernandez; he is riding, Subzero Plus, here and Wilson will take over; she has been entered for turf but also has positive Tapeta form.
PRIZED BOURBON flew away from her opponents for $19,000 when taking her third lifetime win last time; it was a race on Tapeta where she doubled up after her win on turf the time before when claimed; with Hernandez riding, Subzero Plus, Da Silva substitutes here.
SAN NICOLA STORM took her only win of this season in a race that came off turf early in the summer time; her form slipped on Tapeta last time.
CONQUER THE SKY is a two time winner on turf but she missed time earlier this year and when she returned November 5th, she wasn’t a factor; she can improve with the blinkers back on second time off the shelf.
REAL COAL is a streaking speedster with a single win on turf this year and that came in the spring for $30,000; she ran forwardly on Tapeta last time with very good early
speed against the boys.
SUBZERO PLUS broke open her gate prematurely October 21st and was judged a non starter; she has yet
to win on turf but ran a good race on Tapeta two starts ago when a close third.


LONDIE LOU was delayed waiting for room last time then made a march up the inside but finally finished fifth at even money for $10,000 against non winners of two when dropped to this level second time off the shelf; she is hoping for better racing luck here with the extension to seven furlongs; she has been win shy.
BOLDNPOSSIBLE is an obvious one to consider on the turn back to seven furlongs; she came off the shelf with high hopes in the summer time but had to give away value to become effective and she was second for $20,000 in September; she was just on the edges against a dropped down winner last time maintaining positive form and now she goes for just $10,000.
RING FOR ESSA moved too late last time in second and the third place finisher was following her from the outside; she extends to seven furlongs in this second start of the year and is up in value; she hasn’t won in over two seasons.
EVIL WOMAN dropped in for $6,250 last time and came running from the outside with a chance to threaten but was second best and the winner has come back to win for this price.
MISS MEW followed the pacemaker into the second turn November 1st but both runners stopped; she shortens back to seven furlongs where she was closing in a willing fashion at two levels lower than this October 18th.
KHAWLAH was out of the money on turf in three consecutive events then was unplaced on Tapeta last time; she now takes the big drop for $10,000 looking for the wake up.
TORNADO CAT rushed on the second turn into contention last time but couldn’t carry on as the winner was nursing the advantage and that one also took a big drop; she shortens to seven furlongs here.
MAXIMUM ENTROPY has the ability to close as she showed last time with a belated finish at a route; she is going shorter here.
OFFICE IN THE SKY wasn’t far away for $19,000 on turf last time and that race can give her some standing here as she extends to seven furlongs, switches to Tapeta and drops for $10,000 following interim prepping.


CAT’S WHISPER got nothing out of his troubled opener but second time out, was able to win at 32-1 with a close to the pace performance at five furlongs; there are challenges for him today as he comes from the rail post, extends by a quarter mile and jumps in value.
HANDSOME LIKE ME was getting his second consecutive route October 22nd and he added blinkers and galloped away in front setting a reasonably fast pace but he was better than that group and was able to continue on his speed mission throughout; he uses the turn back angle going from a route to a sprint here for Tucci Stables.
SHERIFF CLARKE comes in for Dennis Tucker and joins the local stable of Dale Desruisseaux; he was trained in the west by Philip Hall and did win the Ascot Graduation Stakes October 1st
at Hastings; he has had an opportunity for two local works.
INGE competed in the Bull Page Stakes at six furlongs last time and rushed to a two and a half length lead but was reeled in late and, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet, was second while he faded to third;
he must travel seven furlongs here.
ROYAL LASER has earned good ratings in his two events; in his debut September 17th, he rallied significantly to beat, Beer Pressure; second time out, he went to the Bull Page where he found himself in a tough spot down on the inside just off the lead but he had a nice inside advance to be fourth beaten three lengths; his half brother, Kingsport, was a multiple stakes winner.
BEAR PRESSURE finally won in his fourth attempt and he was lower odds than ever before in that fortunate spot where he was good enough to stay off the early pace and then he moved clear at the top of the stretch for Nick Gonzalez; he remains at seven furlongs.
SMOOTH TALK was a significant disappointment in his debut; he needed time off and returned October 15th to win for Kingfield, Anderson, Eskudt and partner; he indicates a couple of interim five furlong works and now stretches out to seven furlongs for Catherine Day-Phillips.
SILENT STING was called to win his opener but was second best then was able to win second time out with a new approach from off the pace; in that second start, he beat, Beer Pressure, who has come back to win; he had a recent easy half mile prep getting ready and his major work for this was in late October; he was an auction purchase for Stronach Stables by, Silent Name and from a dam who has produced the winners of nine stake races.
BE VEWY VEWY QUIET had his winning streak broken in the Colin Stakes when narrowly beaten; most recently in the Bull Page, he was quite excitable pre race and it took him a while to reach up to the lead and then he was passed by another; he is going out to seven furlongs here with Hernandez now aboard for Robert Tiller with a big chance to have an impact.
JOSIE’S RIDDLE had Lermyte take over last time for an aggressive pace trip at a route for $40,000 and he was clear; he shortens to seven furlongs and is up in value.


SOTHATSTHEWAYITIS took some time to freshen up from the middle of September through early November
and returned with an improved run at a route; she moved late on the outside to get third money and, Mystic Nile, was better in second and is here.
MYSTIC NILE drew in when the race came off turf November 3rd and she ran well from mid stretch home advancing five lengths relative to the pace to be second narrowly beaten at this distance.
Y’ALL had a second place finish sprinting last time and the third place finisher has since won; she indicates a series of works including a recent move November 11th in 47.2; she adds lasix here for the stretch around two turns with Campbell.
YOU CANT CATCH HER moved from far on the outside last time but couldn’t reach serious contention; she goes farther here around two turns.
DANTE’S BLU GRASS a debut runner for Rijack Farm and partner, is a homebred by, Eskendereya, who did produce, Ruth Less Blue, who won the Clarendon and, Blu Without You, who was stakes placed; she will attempt two turns at first asking here with Slade Callaghan aboard; she beat company November 12th in 48.2.
BLISSFUL BREEZE debuted sprinting for Mark Casse October 28th and her lack of speed suggests a longer distance was desired and she gets to stretch out here with Husbands now aboard in this second start.
LUNAR GARDEN debuted on turf at a sprint and advanced as if she would be a winner but she switched to her incorrect lead late in the race and seemed to lose some momentum against a preferred winner and was finally second; she is certainly bred to stretch out and now goes two turns on Tapeta for Chiefswood Stable.
AWESOMEENDSWITHME was not effective in the summer time and has taken a freshening period; she worked quickly October 26th in 47.4 getting ready to come back at this longer distance.
A. A. AZULA’S ARCH is bred to be a thorough stayer; she debuted October 28th at only six furlongs and lacked speed and then closed belatedly; she is a natural one to do better with the extension in distance.
REAL POINT found her best stride too late in her debut at six furlongs but galloped out strongly for Stronach Stables suggesting there is more potential; she now goes around two turns for Robert Tiller.

RACE #10

OLD FAITHFUL had a couple of fringe runs at Presque Isle then was introduced here October 28th and had early positioning but backed away when the real running started in the stretch; he draws the tough rail post here.
ONE POUND STERLING dedicated himself to the Fort Erie meeting from August 1st through October 3rd and had some early prominence; the blinkers are on for the move here.
HUNTS BAY found himself in a near impossible speed duel with among others, Lucky B. N., last time and both runners paid the price; he finally slipped back to second in that seven furlong race; he took a big drop for his latest and is taking another drop here.
TEIAIAGON was an early factor once again last time against a sharp winner; he is stretching out to seven furlongs.
LUCKY B. N. got in a pace fight with, Hunts Bay, last time and paid the price by weakening out of the money; he had run so much more thoroughly in his previous two events when using an off the pace technique.
GRAND POOBAH started a run last time but had a lot to do at the finish when only seventh with, Hunts Bay, in second.
RASTA MAN was jostled at the start last time when getting a belated first start to the season then didn’t do much running; the ninth place finisher has come back to win.
HURRICANE BEAR took a drop for $19,000 to get onto turf last time and finished second against a winner who came from eleventh to take it away from him at the end; he is now in for only $10,000 here on Tapeta.
ALMOST ROYALTY is a newcomer for Debra Ware and has had time for a couple of local works here; he didn’t have much momentum earlier.
OFF ROAD was introduced here October 4th for $10,000 and had a good race and was claimed; he was in a speed chase and was repelled by the winner and settled for second; he now goes for Scott Fairlie with Singh aboard.
SCARLET FORESTER was in a speed duel inside at five furlongs last time and weakened; he goes a furlong and a half farther here.
IMMACULATE INNING a homebred for Douglas Leblanc, is worth considering here; he moved out for some room in the stretch last time and advanced late to be a positive fourth; there is a little extra room here.
BUTCH CASSIDY was with the early flight last time when he shortened to a sprint but he didn’t stay in contention late; the blinkers are on.
PIERRE MINCE has had many good chances and has often performed well and that was the case two starts ago at six furlongs when second narrowly beaten; he shortened to five furlongs last time but backed away.

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