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, 5.00am AEST Saturday.
Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting.
2 VIEW THE STAR
SHEZTENTHEHARDWAY was in against several of these last time November 8th and offered speed with, Patmos, but backed away in twelfth.
VIEW THE STAR broke behind when facing some of these November 8th and finished seventh without threatening.
ZDENKA was only eighth last time when facing some of these and she wasn’t able to make a stretch gain; Hernandez stays aboard.
APACHE GAL returned from considerable time away October 18th and had early speed but faltered; like others in here, she is running cheaper today.
SINGNORITA was only tenth last time when in against several of these but she had won at Fort Erie the time before.
PATMOS typically commits to a speed style and that was the case last time when facing several of these and she finished in front of her rivals in fourth with, Seewill, in fifth.
SEEWILL tried a new off the pace style last time and it produced a better result; she was running on nicely and had lots of energy at the end when a short length behind, Patmos, and she faces that speed rival here.
4 BE THE CHANGE - BEST BET
5 LOWI VENE
6 ONE FLASHY CAT
HARDCASTLE was getting just his second start of the season October 27th and once again, lacked speed but
he did show some initiative through the stretch, yet, was no threat against, Lowi Veni, who is here.
PICK ON ME had extensive campaigning throughout the Fort Erie meeting and while he didn’t win there, he
did have some fringe tries; this will be his first chance at Woodbine.
HANGTIME is shortening in distance from six and a half furlongs to go five furlongs here after a faltering try on the pace last time when going first time off the claim for Scott Fairlie; the stable has done quite well lately.
BE THE CHANGE took the big drop for $10,000 last time and shortened by a half furlong and charged in the stretch from five wide to be second narrowly beaten; he shortens to only five furlongs here and Hernandez stays aboard.
LOWI VENE looks to be the fastest early runner and at five furlongs last time, he was second best beaten only late for Abraham Katryan; blinkers were added for that
last event; he is the one to catch.
ONE FLASHY CAT finished on the edges behind, Lowi Vene, two starts ago; most recently, he stretched
to six furlongs where he did not start quickly enough but then he rushed up on the pace before weakening.
ESSENCES BEST finished well in a seven furlongs race two starts ago but a premature move left her just shy and she was judged guilty of interference and was demoted; last time, she stretched out to six and a half furlongs where she used speed but she was unable to stay in the stretch; she gets back to five furlongs.
DANCE DIRECTOR is getting a belated first start to the season and this will be his first appearance since October of 2016 when he failed a marathon at Fort Erie; he reappears at just five furlongs.
9 RUN FOR SHANTELLE
1 EASTERN PRIDE
2 SAMMY JO BLUE
3 CASSANDRA’S GIRL
EASTERN PRIDE is getting her first start since October 8th when she was a rallying fourth on turf under similar terms and the third place finisher has come back to win; she has stayed active with a couple of works in November getting ready for Rachel Halden; she is a prime contender.
SAMMY JO BLUE couldn’t keep up on turf two starts ago when she closed too late and, Eastern Pride, was better in fourth on that occasion; most recently, she went up one level in a race that came off turf and she had a big finish in second; she now goes from seven furlongs to a longer distance and enters for turf.
CASSANDRA’S GIRL showed only early speed on turf in her debut against better; second time out, she competed on Tapeta when the race came off grass and she had sharp early speed which she carried better than in her opener but she finished only sixth when, Sammy Jo Blue, was second.
LAKE MANITOU has been competing for only half this price the past while but she has good form and she has stamina; most recently, she came around rivals from sixth to get the lead then was beaten by another at the last moment; she did have some positive experience on turf in the summer time.
SINGING BROOKE was forced to scratch from a race November 12th; she is exiting a race at six furlongs and now stretches out.
EASY BID had a race on turf October 8th against some of these and finished eighth when, Eastern Pride, was better in fourth; the third place finisher from that race came back to win; she was out of the money on Tapeta last time but was trying to move forward.
TRAJECLY HIPP very much likes the turf as she showed last winter in Tampa; she returned from time away October 25th to compete for $8,000 where she closed willingly; she was forced to scratch from a race November 12th for $8,000 and will go here for $16,000 for a chance to get onto her favourite footing.
GABBY’S BALLERINA was moving up on Tapeta two starts ago as if she wanted more room; last time, she finished on the edges once again and, Lake Manitou, was in front of her.
RUN FOR SHANTELLE will compete only if this event comes off the turf; she was in too difficult a race last time where she finished at the back but now she gets to run for only $16,000 for Sam Di Pasquale.
2 SOMBRERO DE COPA
12 PARTY AT EIGHT
6 CRUSHIN HARD
GRAND MIXTURE exits consecutive high velocity sprint races against the same top two to go long here on a stretch out for Abraham Katryan in search of his first share of this season.
SOMBRERO DE COPA took a big drop October 8th when coming off the shelf for a route and made a premature move to the lead then finished third at 3-5; most recently at this price and distance, he closed later in the race from ninth to be second against a key winner who has already come back to win and he fits nicely.
CHIEFROLL’NTHUNDER exits consecutive high velocity sprint races and now stretches out which should convert
to a speed style; he has finished out of the money in four consecutive events.
REALLYLIKETHISONE came off the shelf November 5th at a route for $5,000 and made a good middle move but finished fifth when, Sombrero de Copa, was second.
DUPES had little chance because of the goodness of the group he faced October 9th in a sprint; however, he had run second going long for $7,500 the time before in a race that gives him standing here; his last race at a sprint was also good and now he goes from a sprint to a route; he was forced to scratch from a race November 11th.
CRUSHIN HARD returned from time away November 5th to go up in value for $30,000 where he finished last in a key race; he now comes all the way down for only $5,000 at a route on Tapeta seeking his first win on this surface.
HAMMERSTEIN went from a sprint to a route last time and that meant he was up on the pace but he weakened gradually and finished sixth when, Sombrero de Copa, was second.
ONE DESTINY was in against the runner up, Sombrero de Copa, last time and did well to finish fourth
in a field of ten.
THAT’S A STRETCH returned from a month away in a high velocity sprint last time and backed away; he is one of two in the race for Denyse McClachrie and with the stretch out could have some speed here.
PISTON BROKE wasn’t far away in a route two starts ago; most recently, he returned and was in a sprint but he broke slowly; he now goes from a sprint to a route.
ANOTHER BID raced ok here in the summer time at a route when on the edges against a key winner; last time out he was at Fort Erie September 30th where he narrowly missed.
PARTY AT EIGHT beat non winners of three when he dropped down two starts ago to win under Contreras; most recently, he went into a tough event where he finished eighth beaten eleven lengths and the winner was stepping up after beating, Sombrero de Copa.
TIMINGISEVERYTHING had a positive enough route two starts ago when just on the edges and just behind, Sombrero de Copa; most recently, he ran willingly in a sprint to be on the edges when just in behind, Dupes; the winner has come back to score and the runner up has come back to be second; he rates a look.
6 COURT REPORTER
8 QUEEN OF CLONMEL
CHEETAHRA got shuffled back early and was out contention early at a route but then showed some interest in the stretch last time; she will cut back to seven furlongs and look to run late in this spot.
NIGHT GATHERS took a big drop for $12,500 last time and stayed with the early pace but then lost by a wide margin; the fourth place finisher, Frost Delay, has come back to beat
some of these; she now changes stables and currently competes for Eric Raghunath for just $8,000.
BE SEA N RED had post position twelve last time when going up in value and had a poor result when eleventh beaten by a wide margin.
ARCTIC MIA wasn’t far away at Fort Erie in previous races but last time here could not keep up with the higher velocity demands; the runner up from that race has come back to win and this one has come back to sharpen up from the gate.
SLOVENIA has had enough fringe tries this season to be considered for a share; Hernandez was up last time when she was fifth beaten only four lengths for $9,500 and the runner up has come back to win.
COURT REPORTER bails out here; she has been out of the money in four consecutive events and now runs for just $8,000 for Robert Tiller with Wilson aboard and blinkers back on after a one race absence; her latest on turf was certainly good enough.
SUPER CHILL had a wide post last time and couldn’t enter contention at this distance at two levels higher; she seeks her initial share.
QUEEN OF CLONMEL drew in from the also eligible list when she debuted November 8th at five furlongs for $10,000 and more was expected but she finished ninth beaten four and a half lengths; perhaps the stretch out to seven furlongs will work in her favour.
SUMMER MAGIC competed at this distance last time and didn’t have enough early speed and so has had an interim half mile work in hopes of being more alert in the early and middle furlongs with today’s further drop in value.
COURT QUEEN was forced to scratch from a race November 12th and will go here instead; she started a move last time in the middle stages but couldn’t continue it in the stretch.
DIAMOND VISION will be going from a series of routes to a seven furlong race; she added blinkers last time but the saddle slipped and she raced out to a six length lead and that was counter productive and then she stopped.
BIG BROWN BEAUTY missed by only a length two starts ago at five furlongs at this price range and wasn’t far away last time; she will stretch out a quarter mile.
7 FORT LOVE
1 TRICKY SONET
TRICKY SONET has been entered to go from Tapeta to turf with an extension in distance to seven furlongs; she was able to close mildly in her debut October 29th finishing sixth beaten six lengths.
TERMINOLOGY had a useful opener November 12th at five furlongs; she came from eighth place and rallied in third and a debut runner dominated that event; Campbell will now take over with this proposed shift to turf and she is one of two in the race for Mark Casse along with, Mo Flash.
GLORIOUS ENTRY was under pressure to keep up on turf last time and while she wasn’t a threat, she did have some energy in the lane and ran that type of race in her debut as well when closer than last time; the blinkers are on for Stronach Stables.
MO FLASH improved second time out on turf when the winner dominated but she got second money with blinkers and lasix added; she ran acceptably on Tapeta last time
in what looked like a slowly run race when she was second best.
SCAT GAMBLE is working with a recognizable pedigree for Ivan Dalos being by, Scat Daddy, and from a dam who produced, Gamble’s Ghost, a four time stakes winner; she debuts here at seven furlongs on turf for Josie Carroll with Contreras aboard.
TWICE AROUND debuted October 28th at six furlongs on Tapeta with speed but faltered against a key winner with, Fort Love, in second; she has worked in the interim and enters for the grass.
FORT LOVE debuted at six furlongs on Tapeta in late October and rallied from sixth to be second against a well liked winner; the fourth place finisher has come back to win; she gets more room here and has had interim prepping in 1.01.3 for Mike De Paulo.
PIRANO debuted October 13th on the turf and was driving in contention in third against a key winner who was recently third in an added money race taken by a dominant winner and the eighth place finisher has come back to win; she scratched subsequently when a race came off the turf.
COVINA is from a dam who liked the grass; she has been competing in claiming races and was a rousing second last time for $32,000.
WHILEYOUSLEEPING is a second representative here of, Fort Larned, along with, Fort Love, and this one
is from a dam who comes from a good family; she was an inexpensive auction purchase and goes for
Tony Gattellaro and she worked with speed November 9th in 1.01.2 getting ready to come from the outside.
3 NIIGON’S TURN
2 STAR CONTENDER
9 BEAR AT LAST
7 BADJEROS BOY
ULTIMATE DESTINY was forced to endure a difficult fanning incident last time and closed belatedly at seven furlongs; he now goes from a seven furlong race to a route in search of his first win of the year.
STAR CONTENDER was mired down inside last time in a seven furlong event where he certainly sharpened his speed and he stayed on well against a front runner; he goes from seven furlongs to a route and had a peak try going two turns three outings ago.
NIIGON’S TURN was away from July of 2016 when winning a first allowance race through November 5th of this year when he returned for $32,000 and he showed some interest on the final turn and got within three lengths at the end with, Bear At Last, just in behind him; he looks ready to move forward now in this second start back.
MALIBU WOOD will be going up in value; he set a brisk pace on the backstretch last time and couldn’t continue in contention.
VINTAGE TIME has been industrious to beat non winners of two and then defeat non winners of three last time and overcome some difficulty while doing it; he now looks to go against multiple winners with a jump in value and Contreras retains the mount for Denyse McClachrie.
CITO had an unfortunate incident at the gate where he ducked in and divorced his rider at the start October 27th; he was coming off a useful effort at a route where he was only six lengths back after a good middle move.
BADJEROS BOY is without a share this season; he was in against a key winner last time who recently won again and both the third and fifth place finishers from that last race have come back to win; he gets to go for just $25,000 which represents a drop in value for him.
BEYOND SMART has been positively consistent in light campaigning and took a Tapeta win October 9th in a race that came off turf; he was part of a brisk middle pace but Wilson motivated him to keep the lead late and that was his initial score of the campaign; he has come back to work for this.
BEAR AT LAST dropped in for $32,000 last time and he advanced but had work to do at the end; he should enjoy the drop for $25,000; Da Silva who was aboard for some earlier success, moves in.
1 FRESH DREAMS
3 WITHOUT A DOUBT
2 MISS HONEYPOTTS
6 MEGA MONSTER
FRESH DREAMS was no surprise when she won at first asking November 11th for Robert Tiller; she was beautifully prepared and showed patience on the turn under Hernandez who then brought her widest into the lane for her successful march down the middle of the track to be three lengths the best at six furlongs; she draws the rail for this comeback.
MISS HONEYPOTTS broke awkwardly and to the inside in the Victorian Queen Stakes and that proved costly;
she did come back with a fast work with Moran aboard November 18th in 59.4 for Mike Doyle getting ready.
WITHOUT A DOUBT has developed into a sharp speedster who made the running in the Victorian Queen until desperately late when she drifted out at 39-1 and was
caught by a rallying winner who came back to capture the South Ocean; she came back to work in 59.3 getting ready for this and Da Silva has the mount.
CLOSE IMAGE took an edge September 27th when she dropped in for $25,000 and won by eight and a half lengths at tiny odds when a second time lasix user; Bahen will be aboard here; she has continued to work quickly and went well November 7th in 1.00 getting ready to come off the shelf for Sylvain Pion.
HATCH GATE got out a bit on the turn in the Victorian Queen Stakes and wasn’t a real threat; Campbell will take over here for Roger Attfield and she has worked in the interim at five furlongs.
MEGA MONSTER was in pursuit of the front running, Without A Doubt, last time and got first run at that one but was repelled and steadied late when the runner up drifted out; she was finally fourth beaten two lengths; she has had interim prepping for Mike De Paulo and Contreras retains the mount.
WORLDS YOUR OYSTER received a smart winning ride from Wilson to take her opener; second time out, she pursued the pace at seven furlongs then faltered; she shortens in distance here.
1 AUGUSTO B
2 EMPTY THREATS
13 FOREST CASTLE
15 HEMMIN AND HAWIN
AUGUSTO B comes off one of the better races of any of the contenders and was second best against a winner who dropped down to take a big edge; he did win the place photo against, Fine Grit; Boulanger stays aboard for Mike Mattine from the rail post this time.
EMPTY THREATS was fanned wide last time and was still at the back midway of the second turn when, Augusto B, had already made a challenging move but he did come on to beat half the field in an ok try.
RED ROMEO had a slow departure from the gate at a route two starts ago then an outside trip and finished only three and a half lengths back for $9,500; most recently, he angled out and finished sixth of ten and now drops down for $6,000 with the blinkers off hoping to get out of the gate better.
THORNLEY dropped in for $10,000 to ensure a victory last time and he stayed well at nine furlongs for Krista Cole for Buchanan; both the second and third place finishers have come back with wins of substance; he has been freshened and indicates a light work schedule; this layoff angle has been a good one for the stable.
FINE GRIT ran well last time in this category to be chasing the winner through the stretch but he was displaced at the last moment for second by, Augusto B, in a good effort.
GORDIE MAC had a five wide approach two starts ago that didn’t work then sprinted last time and couldn’t keep up after a less than ideal departure; he gets back to a route.
MARCAVELLYS DREAM has concentrated on sprint racing lately with significant closes relative to the pace and he took support last time; he now uses the stretch out angle for Blair Miller.
R BOOTS HALL used the sprint to route angle September 13th and made a strong but premature move; he exits a series of sprints and now devalues with Crawford aboard once again.
SILKEN THOMAS will be going from a series of sprints to a route here; he has been out of the money in his last few events where he has been able to make middle moves; Moran takes over.
I DELIVER took the big drop last time and had a nibbling of support and made a good middle move but was off his feet through the stretch; he takes another drop of some significance here.
CANDY RIDE CAT wasn’t far away at seven furlongs at this price two starts ago and was on the edges again last time when boosted for $9,500; the runner up in that last race, Be The Change, was in race two today; he drops and extends in distance.
MASTER MACDUFF went from a sprint to a route October 21st for $10,000 and had a solid third place finish one spot behind, Forest Castle; he uses the same angle here after a failed sprint last time and now he drops down for the stretch out.
FOREST CASTLE has been alternating sprints and routes and when he extended to a route October 21st, he was second best for $9,000 on a drop; he has the sprint to route angle in play here with a drop for Sid Attard.
FIERY BEAR started a run three furlongs from home last time and he advanced from tenth to be third; he drops down for $6,250 and was at this level two starts ago but couldn’t handle the runner up, Augusto B.
HEMMIN AND HAWIN can make some noise on the pace here if he draws in; he is going from consecutive sprints and had high velocity last time and is accustomed to being in routes; he drops below his claimed evaluation; he is one of two in the race for Martin Drexler.
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