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 ET on Friday, 5.00am AEST Saturday morning in Australia.

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


GLAD MOON debuted in the spring time at Delaware on turf as a longshot for Michael Dickinson and didn’t do much running then; the second and third place finishers have since come back to win; he has been competing at Dickinson’s training center on Tapeta; bringing horses back from long layoffs is a specialty for this outfit.
SILENT EMPIRE came off the shelf November 10th and departed turf and went to Tapeta and had a good effort from far on the outside with stretch energy to be fifth just three lengths back and some of these were in behind including, Bayful; he trained forwardly November 25th in 48.4 and now looks to go forward.
MATTHEW’S RIDGE had a booming performance on Tapeta October 14th and the runner directly in front of him, came back to beat some of these last time; when he returned from time away November 19th, he was far below his best and finished a couple of lengths behind, Bayful; perhaps second time following the layoff, he will return to his best form.
MAJESTIC GOLDMINER debuted November 10th against some of these and had a wide trip and moved late from far on the outside with some momentum but didn’t threaten.
BAYFUL came off the shelf November 10th in a sprint and was awkward leaving the gate; he extended to a route recently and finished third against a heavily bet top pair and he did keep, Matthew’s Ridge, behind him in fourth.
JE SUIS CHARLIE debuted November 10th against a key winner in a sprint and didn’t keep up; he is bred to be a route runner and now gets to stretch out.


DASH OF DAZZLE has just a single win the last two years but he did run strongly September 30th at seven furlongs for $23,500 when he rallied against a key winner; he also closed belatedly last time when going shorter than this; he has been freshened.
VILLAGEOFVIBANK is one of two McKnight runners in the race both with bold speed properties; he has won three races this season and was second best for $30,000 two starts ago; he campaigned at only five furlongs last time when he gave up the lead late against a winner who disappointed on Sunday; he has been busy with a series of works getting ready to drop down and go farther.
RED FEVER dropped down and attracted a claim for $16,000 when a winner on a yielding turf course last outing; he had run just in behind, Villageofvibank, the time before on Tapeta; he now goes for Tino Attard.
SNIPER had an excusable trip second time following a layoff November 17th and had to settle for third money behind a key top pair; he is looking to run at the speed of, Villageofvibank, and, Smart Spree here.
SMART SPREE came off the shelf November 4th and was second best just inches in front of, Sniper, and both were beaten by a deep closer; he shortens by a half furlong and meets up with, Sniper, once again.
GROM can certainly fuel the pace but he has been competing in recent routes and has faded; he has been freshened.
MARTEN LAKE took a big enough edge on Saturday to ensure a victory for $12,500 and he was claimed by
Martin Drexler from that very fast victory; he now looks to double up with a significant jump in value.


HIDDEN TO WIN was in front through the stretch for $30,000 on a stretch out two starts ago but couldn’t guard the lead and was second best to a longshot winner; most recently, she was in against some of these and after an awkward departure from the gate and a stalking trip behind a wall of runners, she moved up late to be third with, Crack That Whip, just in behind her in fourth; she seeks her initial route win.
LUCABUNNY competed against, Hidden To Win, last time and was in position to strike but visibly weakened in the final half furlong to finish just out of the money.
RINCE TAPAIGH was in a reachable spot last time with just four rivals to go against in a race that came off turf; she waited until the stretch run to take the lead and then the winner zipped by her leaving her second; Contreras takes over and knows her well.
CRACK THAT WHIP came off the shelf and moved over to Tapeta October 15th in a race that came off grass and she finished third beaten two lengths behind a key top pair who have both come back with significant wins; most recently as the favourite when facing, Hidden To Win, she had a less than ideal trip and finished just in behind that rival; she departs lasix here for Bruce Smither; she is a contender.
MODUS OPERANDI was expected to perform better November 18th against some of these; she raced near the back and then closed belatedly on the outside to be a length behind, Hidden To Win; she deserves another chance to wake up.
HURRICANE MIMI has been freshened since October 28th when she lost in a Tapeta sprint that came off turf, she now goes long.
PRIMORDIA dropped in for $30,000 last time but contributed to the early pace and had nothing left for the stretch drive against the runner up, Hidden To Win.
NO SOUP FOR YOU competed Saturday stepping up in value following a claim to be just on the edges against an inflated group.


OUR MISS MAGGIE has not been able to get out of the gate effectively in consecutive races at five furlongs, yet, has closed quite well; at this distance for $9,500 last time, she came from twelfth to be third beaten less than a length; she draws the rail post today with a devaluation.
BIG BROWN BEAUTY took an outside path when rallying November 24th at seven furlongs but hung; she should appreciate the cutback to just five furlongs.
SPUN FROM GOLD came off the shelf November 18th and had sharp speed for $32,000 at six furlongs but weakened late; she takes the big drop in now for only $8,000 and she gets to shorten to just five furlongs.
RELEASETHE GLACKEN cut back from six to five furlongs last time and embarked on a front end journey that came up just shy; she gave away three positions very late in the stretch; she is down one level.
WILD HONEY is dropping down and cutting back in distance after a sharp speed display last time at long odds; she travels just five furlongs here.
RECONSIDERED dropped two starts ago but couldn’t carry her speed; at five furlongs last time, she had a tentative trip and backed away.
FRIENDSHIP RING ran up along the inside from the third flight last time but couldn’t continue in contention when, Releasethe Glacken, was second.
GOLDIE DAWN is getting her first race since the middle of October at Fort Erie when she was well back; she is leaving the lasix program.
TAP TO ACTION debuts here lasix free for Joey Gee Thoroughbreds; she is working with enough pedigree by, Tapizar, and is from a dam who won the Damsel locally and she has produced a couple of winners; she did have a recent gate trial trying to progress.
SPEEDY IT’S ME was moving ok late when cut back to five furlongs last time and finished fifth beaten three lengths at long odds.
SPUNSATIONAL is getting her first start since April at Tampa for Mike Wright and she gets to plunge here for $8,000 traveling shorter than usual; she was busy with works in November; Kirk Johnson has the mount.
BELLA LOCO had a good race in her final start of the Fort Erie meeting when second and perhaps she
can carry that enthusiasm here as she rejoins the Ashlee Brnjas stable.


I’SE DUBAI was in for $25,000 at seven furlongs last time and had good attending speed from a three wide position but faded out of the money when, Colby Ol’ Fashion, was third; he cuts back by a furlong and rates a look.
RICHEST GIFTS a debut runner competes for an owner/trainer combo who won with a first time starter last Saturday; this one is debuting at six furlongs for $20,000 for Abraham Katryan and similarly shows a light work schedule including a couple of gate preps getting ready.
MARTINKELLY couldn’t find a level stride at a route two starts ago but shortened to a sprint last time against Ontario sire runners and stayed on more thoroughly in fifth; he now drops for $20,000 and Wilson takes over.
DIVINE NECTAR a debut runner by, Milwaukee Brew, is from a dam who has produced eight winners including, Volstead, who scored seven times himself; he tries six furlongs here at first asking for $20,000 with blinkers on and Christopher Husbands is aboard for Harold Ladouceur.
SHANTELLE’S CHANCE got into a key race in his debut and was understandably overwhelmed after running on the early pace; the winner recently lost narrowly in a stake race; most recently, he tried an off the pace technique and finished only eight lengths behind and now plunges out of that key company to go for $20,000.
ARGYBARGY has been in consecutive sprints with aggressive pace skill but not enough stamina and will now shorten to just six furlongs.
ALMIGHTY BEAR debuted October 15th in a key race and did not get out of the gate effectively for Bear Stables; like many of their runners, he is toppling significantly in value and now runs for just $20,000 in his second start; the blinkers are on and Campbell stays with him.
LEGAL GUMP experimented with a route last time and didn’t have the capacity to stay on; this will be his second start following the long layoff and he shortens back to a sprint; two starts ago sprinting, he was second in a claiming contest against a fast winner and that race gives him standing here.
AMI’S ARTIE a homebred for Ivan Dalos by, Artie Schiller, will compete for only $20,000 her at six furlongs in this opener for Josie Carroll with Contreras aboard; he has had a variety of works over an extended time getting ready.
BEE QUIET showed a hint of promise in his debut September 22nd and when he was dropped down October 25th, he was claimed; he had a poor experience in that race when beaten twenty five lengths; he now goes for Kevin Attard and drops below his acquired price.
ROCKCITYMOONSHINE debuted October 15th and attended the pace in a key race but fell out of contention; he now drops sharply for $20,000.
COLBY OL’ FASHION took the big drop second time out and was favoured but finished second; he remained at the $25,000 mark last time in a perfect stalking position but rival ran by him when he was the 4-5 favourite and he finished third; he gets to cut back to just six furlongs which should help.


MISSY CRISSY took an edge to drop down and win for $10,000 against non winners of two November 8th and had enough of a pace edge at 6-5 to hold off the runner up; she attracted a claim and now goes for John LeBlanc Jr. for twice the price.
STRING BIKINI attracted a claim for $9,500 for Norm McKnight last time when she made a premature move; she then hung at a crucial time at a route; she is doubling in value here.
NORTHERN FERN was getting just her second start of the year and improvement was expected last time; she went from an out of the money finish on turf to a Tapeta route and finished a solid second beaten narrowly with a late rush against, Liddyup, who is here; she is just a one time winner facing non winners of three but her form is improving sharply.
OFELIA GIRL has been down at a lower level for the last several starts with minor awards and now goes up in value.
MAGIC SKYS has been down at the $10,000 mark for three consecutive events but will now double in price and Contreras will take over here.
EUMENIDES had a good race two starts ago on turf but on a yielding surface last time, she backed away; she is dropping sharply with this move to Tapeta and is hoping for her best ever performance on this surface.
MARSANTROPIST had a very unlucky situation last time where she was in against a bold front runner,
Niigon’s Legacy; she chased that one at too fast a clip and paid the price and slipped back; she was protected in that last event but now not only drops for a claiming evaluation but goes for just $20,000 with a chance to have an impact here with her new rider Campbell.
LIDDYUP dropped in for $20,000 last time and that was the answer after an out of the money finish on turf; she moved to Tapeta and beat the improving, Northern Fern.
SAYYESTOXCELENCE was aggressive with her speed to win October 18th for $10,000 against non winners of two when she galloped away from that group; she looks to go for twice the price off the shelf.
LADY NICKY took the drop to this level for a couple of starts and did win a race then went back to a protected range last time and was beaten only four lengths by a key winner who has already come back to win for $25,000; she now plunges back for $20,000 looking for another win.
FLAMENCO DANCER took the big dive in for $10,000 last time but a slow break ruined her chances.
PRINCESS BULLET was coming off a win for $20,000 at low odds and shockingly was sent off at 39-1 last time when sent for twice the price; she was rank all the way and did not get close; she now drops back for $20,000 hoping to use that technique another time.


WHERE’S ANTHONY looks like a contender once again with the stretch out to seven furlongs here; he raced in contention through the stretch last time and saved the runner up spot against an unlucky, Timeskip, who was third.
TIMESKIP has made mistakes in his opening two races, yet, has shown potential; he did not get out of the gate effectively in his debut then closed belatedly; second time out at six furlongs, he acted up in the gate pre break; once underway, he lacked early prominence and was trying to find space and had a tentative approach narrowly missing the place award against, Where’s Anthony; the move out to seven furlongs should be ideal; he competes for Wallace Standardbreds and goes for trainer Renee Kierans; Wilson now rides.
EXONERATE a debut runner, is a homebred for Borders Racing Stable going for Dan Vella at seven furlongs; he is bred to be a stayer; he did have some stamina in a work when he beat company November 12th in 1.15.4 getting ready.
LOOSELY BREWED is a typically tall individual by, Milwaukee Brew, and when he debuted at only six furlongs November 12th he didn’t get untracked in time; the move to seven furlongs helps him.
BIG RED BEAR debuted October 6th without threatening for $40,000 but both the third and fifth place finishers have come back to win; he was forced to scratch from a race November 15th but has since worked on the training track getting ready for Bear Stables; he now he shortens to seven furlongs off the shelf.
JUST FOR ROSE a debut runner for Ricky Griffith, will try seven furlongs at first asking and he is a runner of some size; he worked five furlongs with some speed November 25th in 1.00.4 and Christopher Husbands will ride.
ZEPHAN is a gray son of, Silent Name, from a gray mare who liked the turf; he will debut here at seven furlongs for Josie Carroll and Contreras has the mount; he had a six furlong work November 16th in 1.16.1 trying to get legged up.
SEE YOU IN COURT moved along four wide of four runners at a route last time but stopped in the stretch and now faces much tougher going shorter.


NASHVILLE KNIGHT had his typical contribution last time of going up on the pace and then losing ground from the furlong marker home, yet, he was courageous to finish fourth beaten only a length for new interests.
THREE RING CIRCUS had post one last time and that seemed to dictate an off the pace technique that did not work; he has the ability to be more aggressive.
GIANT STORM had an excuse last time as he was delayed behind runners; he finally wedged his way into the clear after the winner had already opened up and he closed resolutely; he cuts back by a furlong for Norm McKnight.
GOODOLDHOCKEYGAME got back in action November 17th and came three wide from the second
flight to challenge and was four wide through the stretch but laid in at a crucial stage and was finally second beaten a half length by, Stormy Rush.
SALSA BAY has committed to routes in recent attempts with three consecutive out of the money finishes; he shortens to six furlongs.
CHEBURASHKA was working on a two race winning streak heading into the Overskate Stakes against,
Pink Lloyd; however, he had an obvious problem in the run down the backstretch and was pulled up; he indicatestwo fast works since then and now drops for $37,500 for Norm McKnight.
SKY CAPTAIN scratched recently when attempting a comeback and will get his first start here since April of 2016; he has tried some tough events and was close by in a Grade 1 event in his peak; he now goes for Dan Vella.
SWEET LITTLE MAN competed in a key race last time and had traffic problems and finished a frustrated third beaten just a length by the difficult, Occasional View; he drops in for $40,000 looking for an initial win of the campaign at this late stage of the season.
STORMY RUSH had an enough of an advantage off the shelf November 17th that he was able to turn back the bid of, Goodoldhockeygame, a furlong from home and he was perfectly handled by Wilson to win for high percentage trainer Lorne Richards; he remains at the same evaluation and distance while others in here are dropping.
KAILI’S BIG BOY has been out of the money in a series of events; he just recently came off the shelf and encountered a fast pace structure but didn’t stay.


EXECUTIVEGUTS has tried value changes recently without any success and is winless for the campaign.
GIZMOTHEMOGWAIJEDI had a bolting incident three starts ago but came out of that to win with a drop at Fort Erie; most recently here, ran strongly when got first run at the lead but he was passed by two rivals late including, Rebellion’s Dream, the runner up who is here.
EASTER GOLD was used for speed along the rail last time and had no resources for the home lane.
MYSTERION fell back out of contention immediately last time then was trying to get back into it late; he drops down for this.
HEMMIN AND HAWIN had good pace positioning at seven furlongs against fast fractions last time but weakened late; the cutback to six furlongs and the drop for $6,000 are helpful factors.
D’S DOUBLE EAGLE was a proud winner of Sunday’s finale for trainer Santino DiPaola; Wilson gave him a strong rallying ride to move between rivals; he comes back on a short timeframe, drops in value and shortens in distance.
CANADA WISE DON opted for a five wide speed perch last time and had nothing left for the stretch drive; he had run more thoroughly at five furlongs the time before.
REBELLION’S DREAM competed against some of these last time; he waited on the backstretch and around the turn then moved up in the stretch to get the advantage only to have the winner rush by on the outside at the last moment; he rates a look.
SEVENCOMINGOUT has tried evaluation changes the past while since being claimed but hasn’t been a factor and is now well below his claimed evaluation hoping for a wake up.
NEVER WORN was unable to reach contention last time; he was facing some of these including the runner up, Rebellion’s Dream.
IM ON IT returned from considerable time away to compete for $20,000 last time; that spot was too difficult; last time he dropped to this level and ran well with a late move and there is an extra half furlong available today.
WARDO has been showing signs of progress; two starts ago, he had a good move to mid stretch; last time, he cut back in distance and both the second and seventh place finishers have come back to win; he makes changes here with blinkers added and he now competes as a first time gelding; he tried to build momentum in a recent work.
MARCAVELLYS DREAM has changed distances the past while and went to a route last time but was far back and now shortens up.
CANDY RIDE CAT went from a sprint to a route last time but after some early prominence was done; he shortens to a sprint here.
ARMED ESCORT is one of two in the race for Ashlee Brnjas along with, Im On It; he won easily at Fort Erie two starts ago; he was then in a tough nine furlong race here last time; he should welcome the cutback in distance today.

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Racing at Woodbine on Friday afternoon from 1.00pm ET, 5.00am AEST Saturday morning in Australia, picture picture Grant Courtney -