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 ET, 5.00am AEST Sunday in Australia.

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting – Races seven to ten are broadcast from 8.11am AEST Sunday on Sky Racing1.


RED AT LAST moved strongly from the outside for new interests November 5th and missed by a nose against, Escondera who has repeated and who is in here; he makes a change here cutting back from seven to six furlongs.
REMEMBERMIS has been out of the money in three consecutive races and now makes more changes shifting away from turf and over to Tapeta with a drop and a cutback in distance.
ESCONDERA is a three year old and not restricted by number of wins in this event for non winners of three; he barely held on to beat, Red At Last, two starts ago; he came from last to win a route race against non winners of three November 17th and now he will shorten to only six furlongs in hopes of another productive rally for Norm McKnight.
CHILL attracted a claim for $10,000 last time when he lost a speed duel; he has tried to build momentum through a recent fast work getting ready for Martin Drexler with a jump in value here.
GET’ERDONEBUD closed on the outside last time but couldn’t threaten, Escondera, and, Red At Last, and reported in fifth; he did win at six furlongs back in September with a late run.
FIRST GOAL should be the speed of this group; this will be his first race since an out of the money finish on turf in October and now he runs for just $19,000.
BUDDING used a more patient off the pace technique to beat non winners of two October 28th at this exact distance and Boulanger who was aboard for that nice win once again has the mount.


CRUMLIN DIVA ran well enough in her Ontario sire opener November 11th when fourth beaten five and a half lengths to suggest improvement is coming here; she was in against a key winner who scored easily and she was just a little more than two lengths out of second with her effort.
HOPE AND PEASE a debut runner for Murray Stroud, is by Kentucky Derby winner, Super Saver, and goes for Abraham Katryan; she reports a compact work schedule identifying only three trials from early November; she did post a fast recent work getting ready.
DELLY a debut runner for Kenneth R. Smith, is bred for stamina top and bottom but will debut here at six and a half furlongs; she has had a steady diet of works at a half mile and did prep earlier at Fort Erie.
CORTADO BAY entered a key race in her debut and was outrun; she was in a key turf race last time and offered early speed only; she now drops for $32,000; in the interim, she was forced to scratch from a race November 8th.
MINE FAST PHILLY a debut runner for Mark Casse, is by Grade 1 winning sprinter, Discreetly Mine and looks to use that speed pedigree here at six and a half furlongs for $32,000 at first asking with Boulanger aboard; she has worked five furlongs on three consecutive occasions getting ready.
EESTI STAR was in a race that was beyond her reach first time out at six furlongs but she ran well to finish fourth; second time out, she was aggressive at seven furlongs going after a position near the front end and the pace intensified in the middle furlongs; she chased the eventual runner up but she slipped back to fifth; she is a logical one to drop here and shorten in distance.
PENNY A POINT went from a distant runner up finish against a winner taking a big edge in her debut to a route race second time out; speed was obvious but she went too quickly in the middle stages and ran out of fuel; she is a logical one to shorten in distance.
GALS GOT RHYTHM is going third time off the claim and dropping down off a double digit loss at five furlongs last time and stretching out where she has more of a chance to have an impact on the early pace.


SILENT EMISSARY proved a difficult one to load October 28th but once in the gate, he had an aggressive approach close to the pace and came outside to challenge as the 6-5 favourite but was finally fourth beaten a length; Stuart Simon puts the blinkers on today.
J M R TURFISKEY lined up against some of these October 28th but acted up in the gate during a delay and had to be scratched; he finally got to start November 5th and broke slowly and never entered contention; he has come back with two works getting ready for this second start.
BAY OF RUM competed against several of these last time as a longshot but had his second good race in a row with an off the pace technique; he dashed inside and missed by a half length when, Silent Emissary was beaten just a short length.
ARGENTIUM a debut runner for Judith R. Pottins, is by, Badge Of Silver, and from a dam who has already produced two winners; she has worked five furlongs on three consecutive occasions this month getting ready and Ryan will ride.
SILENT CEREMONY has committed to a speed style in each of his three approaches only to weaken in the stretch each time; the blinkers are on today.
SONNY’S BLVD a homebred for Mike Fletcher, is by, Balthazaar’s Gift, a Group 2 winner in France and England and this one is from a dam who was a nine time winner and she loved to sprint; she had her fastest work November 12th and has had a good subsequent five furlong work for John LeBlanc Jr.
LIL OLD FORESTER had a mild outside bid last time at five furlongs against some of these and remains at the same distance.
DANCING DEREK is a fast individual and only partially showed off that speed in his debut and then he retired; against this group, he has more of an opportunity to show his speed at the five furlong distance.
TRIGLAV a debut runner for Robert Gerl, is a gelding by, Old Forester, and from a dam who won four races; she has worked over short distances getting ready this month.


TIMEFORASTAR had post twelve last time and post thirteen before that but now gets the inside draw with a move to turf in hopes of a wake up.
THEREALQUAFF indicated just enough two starts ago in a race that came off turf; last time in a more difficult category, he finished just on the edges; he is from a dam who liked the grass and he is hopeful of a chance of getting onto the turf here with a drop.
DETROIT STEEL attracted a claim October 18th when he was a close third for $8,000; he is thoroughly bred for turf and gets his first chance ever on the lawn.
LASER FOCUS was over the top of his best form by late October and then he dropped last time in hopes of salvaging his campaign but he wasn’t good enough as the favourite and attracted a claim for $8,000; his earlier turf form is attractive and he now goes for Mike Wright.
SOUL N’ SPIRIT was on turf on a yielding course last time and made a middle move but was finally eighth beaten fifteen and a half lengths.
PRIDEOFDISTINCTION tried to make a move from the outside last time and finished seventh beaten four lengths in a tough category; he drops substantially for this; he is a half brother to, Ethical Funds, a three time winner on turf.
DERBY REBEL had a slow break last time in a difficult category on Tapeta and didn’t threaten; he does have some turf experience and had worked quickly on the turf at the beginning of October.
EXECUTIVE CRY departed turf and dropped down and went better second time out with a move to Tapeta; he gets back to turf here with a further drop for $16,000.
JIMBO FIVE did not come out of the gate effectively last time and that eliminated him from contention.
LEO THE RABBIT is a runner of some size who dropped in for $8,000 last time and rated off the pace but finished only eighth and attracted a claim by Willie Armata; he now goes to turf.
MILWAUKEE SAINT showed some life along the inside on turf last time; there is a bit more room here at this lower level and Moreno takes over.
CHEROKEE KNIGHT closed too late for $12,500 two starts ago then had a distant fourth place finish last time when bothered by the ninth place finisher; he is by, Strut The Stage, and he should enjoy getting over to the turf.
STOP THE PARADE is worth considering; he raced well enough on turf back in September and most recently, was in a protected spot but now gets to come down in value.
CINNAMON BEAR debuted November 4th and while he didn’t threaten, he showed some late interest and now gets more room; he will compete only if this event goes on Tapeta.
MONASTRELL will compete only if this event comes off the grass and he was running late at a route last time against better to finish sixth beaten only three lengths in a race that qualifies him.


GREEK JUSTICE ran strongly in this category two starts ago to be second beaten just a length with a late move; she went to a stake last time where her chances were jeopardized when she got in a speed duel with, Green Freedom, and the middle pace picked up in that race and the best closers took over late; she is back with more of her own kind now.
BEARSATLANTICMIST has saved up for this first start since October 15th and will compete for the claiming portion for Norm McKnight; she was favoured in this category last time where she looked like she was about to win but she hung; Husbands takes over for the first time.
HAILEY’S PRIZE defeated non winners of two last time when coming off the shelf and using her freshness; she cut back in distance and had a powerful late run under Campbell who is riding, Lady Brie, today.
TETHRA’S MAGIC has run well in two consecutive events to be in third spot each time with late closes; her last effort saw her finish just a length behind, Greek Justice, who should attract attention here; Contreras rides.
GREEN FREEDOM was in a pace chase two starts ago in this category and weakened; she used the same tactics in the Jammed Lovely last time where she gave up positions late to the best closers.
SAM’S CROSS went a route on Tapeta last time and the early pace was extra fast and she pursued in the middle stages but got used up and hung late.
LADY BRIE attracted a claim September 15th and for new interests on turf last time, she lacked room when third beaten a length; she moves over to Tapeta for Dale Desruisseaux.
FORTY’S SWEETHEART is getting her first race since October 7th and she has been on the edges in allowance races and now takes a class drop to go for $40,000 against non winners of three.
MATCHING VOWS had such a significant rally to win two starts ago for the second time this year; most recently, she moved up to an allowance race which proved too difficult for her and now she comes back with her own kind against non winners of three for $40,000.
MARCHERDOWNTHEALLY was getting her second race following a layoff November 5th and she lacked some room in
the stretch and finished just on the edges in an allowance event which makes her a contender here against non winners of three.


NO SOUP FOR YOU is going up in value first time following the claim by Willie Armata and is heading for turf a footing over which she has yet to share; she had a bountiful late run at a low level last time on Tapeta.
COURT ADJOURED makes changes here shifting over from Tapeta to turf and going from a route to a sprint with a drop; she won on the Fort Erie turf two starts ago and entered for grass here last time but the event was switched to Tapeta and she couldn’t carry her speed.
PURE PURITY was in against some of these last time when she came off the shelf October 28th and she camped last and then rushed in the stretch in a race that came off turf; she finished third against, Show Shape, and Pulled The Goalie; she is competent on turf although she has never won on the lawn.
SHOW SHAPE a one time winner on the turf was hoping for the grass last time but the event was moved to Tapeta and she was able to win first time off the claim by Steven Chircop improving considerably; she had a bountiful rally to run past her rivals keeping, Pulled The Goalie, in second and Pure Purity, in third.
MADAME G gave away value to run for a low level last time and was only third at Fort Erie; she comes off the shelf and goes to turf, a footing over which she is a two time winner.
QUIDI VIDI is worth considering here; she handles the turf well and she is in good form judging by her second place finish at a level higher than this last time; she was running late between rivals under Simon Husbands to be second behind a key winner; she switches to the lawn.
PRIMORDIA scratched November 11th in a race that came off turf; she has been in tough spots in a series of race with out of the money finishes and now gets some relief and looks for turf.
THIS IS MY NIGHT competed last time in a race that came off turf and that shortened the field to just four rivals for her but she ran third as the heavy favourite; she looks to get back on turf first time off the claim for Debra Rombis.
PULLED THE GOALIE was traveling a distance that was too far for her preference September 9th and she understandably weakened at a mile on turf; she had won at six furlongs on turf back on September 2nd; she came off the shelf October 28th and ran strongly on Tapeta in a race that came off turf to be second behind, Show Shape, who is here.


LEONARD’S BAY has been using an aggressive speed style in recent events at longer distances than this and has come up short in the stretch; three starts ago when he last sprinted on Tapeta, he had a strong off the pace rally to finish in second and a repeat of that race will make him a contender here.
AMI’S EXCHANGE dropped in for $20,000 last time but was put on a yielding turf course and after some early speed, she backed away; she has had time for interim prepping getting ready to go back up in value for a chance to get onto Tapeta.
INFAMY a debut runner, was an auction purchase and goes for Gabe Grossberg for $32,000 for Mark Casse; she entered October 20th but was forced to scratch and has had a few works since then.
VICTOR’S FLAG a debut runner is a homebred for, Walnut Ridge Farm going for Sarah Ritchie who has had a victory from limited opportunities at the meeting; he has alternated works between five furlongs and a half mile the past month getting ready and will travel six furlongs at first asking here.
ATLANTIC CROSSING showed promise in his debut on turf when just on the edges; he got into a difficult situation last time in a race that came off turf and was fully committed to a speed style with the eventual runner up but he faltered; he gets in with more reachable runners here.
ITALIAN ICE debuted November 18th and was drafting behind runners on the turn when he clipped heels and stumbled badly and was completely eliminated.
GOLDEN EXCHANGE took a drop in for $20,000 last time and ran much better with a shift to Tapeta; he was right up on the pace but couldn’t hold off the rallying winner; he now jumps up in value.
DARK ALE is coming down in price and at this range two starts ago, finished third beaten two lengths when going a furlong farther; he moved prematurely in that event when a weakening fourth.
BARTMAN is one of two in the race for Peter Berringer and Aurora Meadows; he will be debuting here and like his stable mate, is a son of Milwaukee Brew; he indicates a series of half mile preps since late October getting ready.


SWEET GRASS CREEK is seeking his first stakes victory and has been in the money in five stakes events; he ran strongly last time when coming off the shelf and winning an early duel only to have, Occasional View, get by him very late; he worked well November 17th in 59.1 with turn speed for Mike Keogh; he is a homebred for Gustav Schickedanz.
OCCASIONAL VIEW has been winning every other race; he packs a good punch in the stretch when finding appropriate spots where his rally can be effective; he caught, Sweet Grass Creek, right on the money last outing; he shortens to six furlongs on Tapeta here; he competes for SGR Racing.
MAJESTIC SLEW was in the Bold Venture against, Ikerrin Road, and finished third; he was a better third when coming off the shelf November 3rd again against, Ikerrin Road, in the prep for this; he moved well from between rivals; he worked November 18th in 1.00.3; he competes for Frank Russo.
PINK LLOYD has now won seven consecutive stakes in 2017 but he came of age in this race last year when he lost it to the heavy favourite finishing second beaten a length; when he won the Overskate last time, he was returning from time away and was a bit keyed pre rare; he was taken back off the pace and was able
to run by rivals in the stretch; this will be his second start following the layoff; he had his typical spry work November 16th in 47.1 for Hall of Fame trainer Robert Tiller; he draws a middle post here after getting the widest post in consecutive events; he drops seven pounds for this engagement; he competes for Entourage Stable.
TOMBELAINE was here for the Play The King Stakes and finished just on the edges; Chad Brown took him back to New York to win a race on turf at a mile with a $1000,000 claiming tag; he now goes for new interests joining the stable of Michael Iavarone and trainer David Cannizzo; he has been positively consistent since relocating from Ireland where he was also good; he has an aggressive stalking style and he likes to rally in the stretch.
YORKTON competes for Chiefswood Stable and Stuart Simon; he is a three time stakes winner but was only seventh in the Nearctic and then was just on the edges against, Ikerrin Road, last time in the prep for this when he had the difficult inside post; he has since trained well and has a better post.
IKERRIN ROAD marked himself as one of the best in this division September 16th when he captured the Bold Venture Stakes with a significant rally; after his failure in the Nearctic, he came back to win the prep for this race November 3rd by using a nimble drafting style; he split rivals in the stretch to get free; he competes for Alpine Stable and Vito Armata and Moran has handled him very well; he is looking for his sixth win this season.


DAWNMINO was out of the money on turf two starts ago and dropped and went to Tapeta last time when aggressively marketed; she was beaten late by a runner going first time off the claim with significant improvement and she had to settle for second; she was claimed by Norm McKnight.
SPRINGDETTI came off the shelf September 17th and had no defences in the stretch; second time off the shelf and following another layoff November 3rd, she returned to be much more thorough when plunged for $20,000 but she narrowly missed stealing that event; she is up in value here.
WARRIOR HALL was introduced to this circuit October 7th and ran a very strong pace race fighting for the lead throughout only to finish second; most recently, she wasn’t as thorough when she lengthened out to seven furlongs and she finished sixth beaten three and a half lengths; Red Explosion, was second; she has since had a fast half mile work in 46.4 getting ready for the cutback in distance.
REAL COAL is changing distances here from five furlongs where she made the pace until late out to six furlongs; her lone win this season came on turf back in the spring time; she can certainly impact the pace.
TURBO DRIVEN DIVA was facing non winners of two last time where she used an off the pace style and she missed by the a diminishing length with her rally against, Hailey’s Prize, who was entered in race five; she tries tougher here.
MUST BE DREAMING showed potential last year as a juvenile but after a poor performance on a yielding turf, she was shelved; she finally made her way back recently and was able to win routinely with front end dominance; she now goes to a first allowance event looking to build on her highly productive and familiar pedigree for Roger Attfield.
RED EXPLOSION has two wins and five seconds this year; she won in her previous event when beating non winners of three; she stepped to this level at seven furlongs last time where she waited and then closed but the winner had a better late run to take it away from her; she cuts back to six furlongs.

RACE #10

FOREST BROTHER is an off the pace sprinter on turf most times but that season is now over and he will drop considerably to sprint at seven furlongs on Tapeta here; he was unusually slow early last time; two starts ago on turf at seven furlongs, he rallied in a tough event to be beaten only five lengths.
CUMMINGS ROAD is making changes here, dropping significantly in value and lengthening from six to seven furlongs; he ran this distance effectively just two starts ago when on the edges for $23,500 and now goes for $11,500; Moran takes over.
BET ON JACK was moving late on the inside last time but was ineffective for $9,500 and now goes farther.
VEGAS STRIP has changed hands repeatedly and did not respond to a drafting inside trip last time when claimed for $10,000; he had run better the time before; he now goes for Martin Drexler; he has been busy in the morning.
MECHANICAL was out of the money on turf last time; he couldn’t handle a route on Tapeta two starts ago when he failed as the favourite and now he gets to drop substantially; he did win sprinting on Tapeta back in August when using the class drop angle.
WAR FAN was in for only $6,000 last time in a high velocity speed event and he couldn’t keep pace until very late when he gained mildly.
UNCATCHABLE FIRE is winless in recent years; he came back down in value last time and provided a good rally on turf when beaten just a length; he is running cheaper now for $12,500 at seven furlongs on Tapeta.
COMEDY GOLD has seen his production dry up in his last three appearances which have come in tough categories; he seeks relief with a class drop and shortens to a sprint.
MARTEN LAKE ran well at seven furlongs for $32,000 on Tapeta three starts ago; last time for $20,000, he was also competitive when beaten just three lengths.
IMPERATORE scooped up nice wins earlier in the year; this will be his first start since September 19th when he took a trip to Presque Isle and Hernandez was there for the ride; he finished third; he drops substantially in now for only $12,500; he did use the drop down angle late last year to win a race.
ATYPICAL was in a route for $23,500 last time where he lacked any tactical speed and failed to threaten; he will be shortening to seven furlongs and dropping for half the price of his latest in hopes of one of his exciting stretch charges; he is a four time winner on the synthetic surface.
CRUSHIN IT won second time off the claim September 24th for $20,000 against non winners of three for Cole Bennett; a comeback race against multiple winners for $20,000 came in a near impossible spot and he was understandably overwhelmed; getting down to this level is helpful and Husbands will ride just as he did two starts ago; the distance is a bit of a stretch.
CAT ZAPPER ran such a good race at a route on Tapeta two starts ago but bounced off that performance when he tried a sprint for $19,000 last time; that last poor finish makes his form more difficult to interpret.
BIG YUM was in a very difficult sprint on turf last time and did well to finish third; several from the race have come back to do well; he drops and makes a rare appearance on the synthetic surface.
TH ORIGINAL SCOTTY tried to start over last time with a second run on Tapeta at a route but he was flat in the stretch and now drops down and goes shorter.
HE’S NO SAINT attracted a claim from Norm McKnight last time when he failed in fourth as the favourite at a route; he shortens to seven furlongs for Debra Rombis.

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