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 in Australia.
Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting – Races seven to ten are broadcast from 8.09am AEST on Sky Racing2.
4 COPPER FOX
1 CASABLANCA KISS
2 UNSEEN ANGELS
5 SUPER SARAH
CASABLANCA KISS has used a more temperate off the pace style in recent races and did win for $32,000 last time at six and a half furlongs when catching up late; this event is top heavy with speed types and a rallying technique may work.
UNSEEN ANGELS is fast and thorough at five furlongs but must travel six furlongs here in search of her sixth win of the campaign; she did change her aggressive running style on turf to win three starts ago; she competes here at six furlongs on Tapeta for Norm McKnight.
MADISON WAY has an effective stalking style for a group such as this which is top heavy with fleet runners; she campaigned last time with a drop at five furlongs and the race seemed too quick for an effective rally but she closed well against, Unseen Angels, and now there is more room.
COPPER FOX has a good reference from a race September 4th when second against, Scotty’s Model, who narrowly missed Sunday in the Bessarabian; for new interests last time, she went to turf and tried to fight a speed battle with superior runners and lost out through the stretch; she has a chance here for an aggressive stalking approach; she has run peak races every other start.
SUPER SARAH had a remarkable rally to win at this price range at a half furlong farther two starts ago beating, Casablanca Kiss; most recently, a slow pace ruined her late running chances; she rates a chance.
REAL COAL fuels an already fast pace; she has been in front in each of her last three races only to finish out of the money.
3 MAGICAL HOLIDAY
1 VIA ANN
6 SPRING IN THE WIND
7 NOW PLAY NICE
VIA ANN has had interrupted campaigning and has had a month off coming to this event; she had a peak try on Tapeta at a route November 1st when she was aggressive on the pace but she couldn’t protect the lead late when the winner came up the rail to beat her at the last moment; she remains a contender.
FIELD PARTY raced well on turf two starts ago to be second best and she stayed on well; most recently, she went to a Tapeta route and opted to go against the boys and was overwhelmed; getting in against the girls helps her cause.
MAGICAL HOLIDAY raced well at a route back in August; she has concentrated on races at seven furlongs lately and was on Tapeta last time; she rallied perfectly going past, Spring In The Wind, to get the lead in the stretch while confidently handled only to have a rallying rival take it away from her in the last desperate jump; she now goes from a sprint to a route.
LOVE FOR SCARLETT is here trying to get a maiden win as that is important to support her pedigree being a half sister to, Al’s Gal, a winner of the Grade 1, E. P. Taylor Stakes in 2016; she has travelled around looking for appropriate spots but at best has been second to date.
LOST POINT had a good race on turf then moved to Tapeta at seven furlongs against some of these last time and raced to the outside of, Now Play Nice, and couldn’t improve her position through the stretch; she stretches out.
SPRING IN THE WIND has yielded momentum deep in the stretch in every race; Contreras will now take over and perhaps will be able to save something for he vital late stages; she had the lead near the end at seven furlongs last time but finished third beaten a length with, Magic Holiday just in front of her.
NOW PLAY NICE was third at a route two starts ago when, Via Ann, was second; most recently, she raced up close and was only two lengths back in a sprint when, Magical Holiday, was second; she goes back to a route.
2 AGENT EIGHTY SIX
7 MISS SAVVY
4 CRY BAO
ENCHANTED TALE is one of several fillies taking on the boys here; most recently in the Glorious Song Stakes, she inserted herself into a wildly fast pace duel with the favourite and both paid the price and this one was at the back; she now comes up tagged.
AGENT EIGHTY SIX did well to win for maiden $40,000 two starts ago with a front end approach; most recently, he went to a first allowance race where he was overwhelmed because of the goodness of the top two who are both in the Display Stakes today; he drops back to the price of his winning effort and encounters others with speed including, Inge.
MEET YOU AT HOME dropped down to win easily at a route October 22nd against reachable runners but most recently, had a problem about three furlongs from home and was eased up; she indicates a recent five furlong work getting ready and now drops down for a tag and departs the lasix program.
CRY BAO opted for an ineffective speed style last time then backed away; he gets to run for $40,000 here with Contreras now aboard in hopes of a more settled early approach with a chance to stay on more thoroughly.
BONJOUR managed to win for $25,000 two starts ago but most recently, got into a key race and was overwhelmed; she has been purchased since her last race and now competes for Cole Bennett with a drop for $40,000 and an extension to seven furlongs.
BELLA’S STORM won at six furlongs last outing but gave the impression that even more distance would have helped; she goes up in value here and out in distance to seven furlongs.
MISS SAVVY is one to consider given her good race of two starts ago when she scored for maiden $40,000 with some off the pace style; this event is top heavy with speed types; she changed her running style last time to be chasing on the pace and she weakened from her early endeavours.
GET MY GIST has been out of the money in double digits in three consecutive events and was in a key race last time; he now drops for $40,000 and remains at seven furlongs.
INGE looked smart in the Bull Page Stakes at six furlongs when able to concentrate his speed and he was taken down only late by a couple of well regarded individuals; most recently, he tried the same tactics in the Frost King Stakes and that didn’t work and he stopped; he looks to revive the goodness of his previous race with a drop for $40,000 but he still must travel seven furlongs.
1 SOLON’S WARNING
6 MADAME G
9 IMAGE OF LUCY
SOLON’S WARNING goes for the hot stable of Norm McKnight and used an aggressive style to win on the lead last time for $9,500 when, Timberline, closed inches too late; the new development here is the addition of, Court Adjoured, who will intensify the pace.
COURT ADJOURED had big speed on the pace at a route for $30,000 last time and is likely to be a pace impediment here for, Solon’s Warning; she drops all the way down to the $11,500 mark; Kirk Johnson will no doubt have her on her way early.
AUNT SUE tried to stay on last time against, Solon’s Warning, and finished an ok fourth and once again, Fukumoto has the mount.
CHEDINGTON was lifeless two starts ago in a protected race but came back with her own kind last time and
couldn’t generate much stretch power against the winner, Solon’s Warning.
ARTICULATE is going from a pair of sprints to a route and could be aggressive but is jumping in value after out of the money finishes.
MADAME G is the new player here against several who were beaten by, Solon’s Warning, last time; she was in a generally inflated race November 25th when coming off the shelf and she ran strongly for $23,500 despite a delayed trip behind traffic; Contreras who rode, Timberline, last time finds himself on this one stretching out and looking for her first win since the spring of 2016.
PECHE MOBILEE faced only four rivals last time in a tough race for $19,000 and had an aggressive approach against a very slow pace and then was a distant fourth against a key winner.
TEATOE advanced at the winner, Solon’s Warning, on the second turn last outing but was rebuffed and finished behind in double digits.
IMAGE OF LUCY has been having her gate problems, yet, has indicated enough talent to recover; she beat non winners of three in her previous event and closed to be third against, Solon’s Warning, and, Timberline last time.
TIMBERLINE needed one more jump to get, Solon’s Warning, with a late thrust last time but had to settle for second; she had won big three starts ago for $15,000 and remains a strong factor here now with Campbell riding for Kevin Attard.
8 BULLET THEBLUE SKY - BEST BET
DONNAS SWEET HEART will be going from a series of sprints to a route here; she had her third consecutive positive fringe try last outing when she followed traffic and then got room with about a furlong remaining; she got to the outside and started running; Kirk Johnson takes over here.
FROST DELAY visited here November 5th for a race at seven furlongs for $11,500 and finished an ok fourth; all she needed was a drop and an extension in distance last time to win
going away and she had some power; for this test, she goes up in value for a chance to try non winners of two and puts her stamina on the line for a positive jockey/trainer combo.
BOLDNPOSSIBLE raced strongly for $20,000 at a route September 10th in a race that gives her instant standing here; most recently, she dropped in for $10,000 at a sprint but unfortunately, had to follow some traffic and got in against a wake up winner who ran a peak race and left her second; she
now uses the sprint to route angle with Hernandez taking over for Denyse McClachrie.
NADELEINE dropped in for $19,000 November 10th and stayed in when the race came off the grass; she had a good run in contention through the stretch but gave up some positions late and finished just in behind the third place finisher, Bullet Theblue Sky.
ABOGADA is one to consider because of her staying power; she rushed smartly through the stretch at a route at this price range last time to be second in front of the third place finisher, My Pal Katherine.
MY PAL KATHERINE was bumped three and a half furlongs from home last time but continued between rivals from the second flight; she got into a striking position through the stretch to the outside of the dropped down winner and just failed and then, Abogada, took second money from her at the last moment.
SHEZTENTHEHARDWAY dropped in for $6,000 last time and got into a pace battle with the eventual fifth place finisher; she won the pace fight but lost the race to a closer.
BULLET THEBLUE SKY competed for $19,000 in a race that came off turf last time and rode up inside and lacked some room when hemmed in; she got free and made a run in the stretch and was finally third beaten a length and a half; she now goes for $10,000.
MAXIMUM ENTROPY is without a share this season; she closed belatedly in a route two starts ago then got in against a key sprint winner last time but was unable to keep up.
6 ADMIRALTY PIER
7 SABLE ISLAND
9 THUNDER RIDE
HOOCHIECOOCHIE SAM won his opener on Tapeta looking like a promising sort by, Fort Larned, a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner; second time out, he went to turf at a mile and got bogged down inside; he got free too late and finished second against a key winner; he now looks to go two turns on Tapeta for Julia Carey and David Potter.
PIPERS WARRIOR is a runner with size and strength and he became emboldened through the stretch in his first ever route attempt October 27th in his third career start; he was much the best; he has come back to work well for Chiefswood Stable; he rates attention.
FOLLOW MY LEAD had an ineffective trip on turf when using a speed style; he got back to his best approach on Tapeta last time closing from eleventh to be two lengths the best with a big looping advance; Contreras was aboard for that nice win for Mike and Nick Nosowenko but he will be handling, Admiralty Pier, here and David Moran takes over.
ARCHAGGELOS is a big bodied individual with a significant pedigree being from the same dam who produced the
2008 Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown; after winning on the turf at Laurel, he came here October 1st to win the Grey Stakes by bursting through rivals at the top of the stretch to defeat the favourite; he is a homebred for Monticule and Michael Dickinson is the trainer.
SENT FROM HEAVEN is working with some good associations in his pedigree; he was second when stretched to a route two starts ago against, Pipers Warrior, then followed home another tough winner last time at a route; he goes for Sam Di Pasquale and competes for Murray Stroud.
ADMIRALTY PIER has shown plenty of potential despite certain idiosyncrasies; last time, he seemed to be on his best behaviour at seven furlongs on Tapeta; he was rated back and then closed too late against, Sable Island, in a race where he joined the lasix program; he has since had interim prepping here getting ready to go back around two turns like he did in Kentucky.
SABLE ISLAND has now two in a row and stretched to seven furlongs last time where some searing late fractions tested him; despite the margin of victory narrowing when, Admiralty Pier, closed he was tenacious to hold on despite drifting out; his big adjustment here will be going around two turns for Box Arrow Farm and trainer Gord Colbourne.
MARCUS has developed nicely for Dave Cotey and was fourth at seven furlongs last time in a key race when,
Sable Island won and, Admiralty Pier, was second and they are both here; he was running on nicely through the stretch in that race and now goes farther than ever before.
THUNDER RIDE a significant purchase, is working with a significant pedigree and was successful first time out November 11th at six furlongs for Mark Casse; he is a natural to extend around two turns and has since had a good work in 1.00.3 out in 1.14.4; the fourth place finisher, Wandofuhr, came out of that race to win big; he goes long around two turns here from the outside.
2 CONQUEST FLEETFEET
9 THE CRAIC
8 WEST L. A. GIRL
STREET CASH has dedicated herself to racing on turf her entire career; she has been somewhat unlucky at times but is a two time winner and was third in this category the last time she competed with a late rush; she has posted a number of fast works on Tapeta for trainer Dan Vella.
CONQUEST FLEETFEET had two big sprint races here on Tapeta in the spring time; this will be her first start since September 2nd when she faded for the second time in a row at a route; she is brought back at just six furlongs and will have to hustle late with Husbands aboard for Mark Casse.
NORTHERN KISS was a first allowance winner two starts ago at six and a half furlongs with a well timed move; in the Fashion Stakes, she was sixth beaten only four lengths after an inside approach; she remains at six furlongs.
BLURRICANE had an obvious excuse last time and finished second beaten a length; she lacked room and finally dropped to the rail and flew home but missed by a diminishing margin; she will be cutting back to six furlongs which is suitable.
GENEROUS TOUCH last competed in the middle of October in this category and had a mid pace contribution but didn’t resist in the stretch when, Blurricane, was second and, West L. A. Girl, was third; she has posted some fast interim works.
DIADURA makes her way back here for a second time for Hopefield Farm and now goes for Sandy McPherson; she was competitive in a stake in Chicago two starts ago against a heavy favourite who is a multiple stakes winner; most recently on the turf at Keeneland she closed late; she had a rallying work here recently in 48.2.
DISCREET BEAR had sharp energy on the turn on turf last time but did not have enough left for the stretch drive in a useful effort; she moves over to Tapeta.
WEST L. A. GIRL has tried a variety of distances lately all beyond today’s six furlong venue and so this will be a cutback in distance for her; last time the slow early pace affected the result; she went nicely in the stretch against a good late pace to be fourth beaten two lengths.
THE CRAIC was a winner on turf at the first allowance level two starts ago; most recently, she got a real test against the difficult, Scotty’s Model, and finished third on a yielding turf and the winner has since been second in the Bessarabian; she seeks her third win on Tapeta.
LOVE ON TIDES was previously a local performer; she makes her way back now after competing in the same most recent race on turf at Keeneland as, Diadura; she wasn’t a threat then; she had won at Kentucky Downs on turf in a first allowance race the time before earning a rich top prize for Andrew McKeever.
BROKEN MEADOW shortened in distance from a route to sprint to win a first allowance race last time with a deep closing surge; she shortens to six furlongs here at the next highest level.
EKATI MORNING came off the shelf November 4th on turf but the yielding terrain was too much for her; she now goes to Tapeta at a sprint.
3 MR HAVERCAMP
7 ROXY’S VISION
KINGSPORT was rounding into shape November 11th in a second allowance event for which he uniquely qualified as he had not won in an extended time; he got on the pace with two rivals from the Casse stable and then was beaten by a closer right at the end; he won this race in 2015 and will now stretch out.
STRUT N STOMP a one time stakes winner, attracted a claim for $32,000 when he faltered last time in a race that came off turf.
MR HAVERCAMP is a homebred for Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry, competing for Catherine Day-Phillips; he won the Vice Regent at a mile with a late run; most recently, he maximized his stretch strength in the restricted Bunty Lawless with a late rush to earn a high performance rating; he has kept up with good works on Tapeta in the interim and now goes two turns for the first time.
FREITAG won this race last year and hasn’t competed since; he came here in the middle of October to start his preps under the direction of Mike Doyle and has had some strong morning moves with Contreras aboard.
SPIRIT OF CALEDON was trying to double up in an optional race October 8th and had a perfect setup from off the pace but stalled in third; he gets a significant class hike here.
MAXSMIRACLEJOURNEY had a slow pace against him on turf last time but he stayed on willingly to be on the edges against a strong stable mate who won it; he now goes two turns on Tapeta and was second in this race last year.
ROXY’S VISION a homebred with momentum, won consecutive events and then tried seven furlongs in the Overskate against, Pink Lloyd, last time; he did well with an outside close to be third and the winner has come back to take the Kennedy Road; that should be an ideal sharpener for an extension around two turns here.
CONQUEST CAVALRY had some fun last time taking a first allowance race on turf with an ideal set up from off the pace; he made a three wide swing out at the top of the stretch to win going away under Hernandez; both the second and fifth place finishers have come back to win; he goes long on Tapeta here.
RATFACE MACDOUGALL earned a top prize of almost $55,000 for his win November 19th in an open first allowance race where he dominated the pace; he gets a new assignment now moving up in class and going two turns on Tapeta from the widest post against some tough older rivals.
1 GHOSTLY WIN
8 BIENVILLE STREET
7 CHASING MOMENTS
GHOSTLY WIN has been in the money in all four starts this season including a third place finish last time where she was reserved back and then she moved too late in third; she had finished third beaten a half length the time before against her stable mate, Win The War, who recently won the Glorious Song.
SUNSET CRUISE a debut runner competes for the successful combo of Windways Farm and Michael James Ambler; she was a local purchase and is from the same dam who produced the two time stakes winner, Phil’s Cocktail; she worked in company from the gate November 15th in 49.1hg getting ready for Nick Gonzalez.
ONLY ESSA improved second time out but still has work to do; she was sixth beaten four lengths in that event at six furlongs and remains under the same terms.
YOU CANT CATCH HER had aggressive speed at a route last time but stopped; she shortens to six furlongs.
DANGEROUS LIAISON broke slowly in her opener October 29th and didn’t get into contention; she has since
had a fast work in 48.1.
ZYANZA performed poorly in her debut against a key winner; second time out, she departed the lasix program and ran emphatically better and was the best of the speed to survive in second place behind a debut winner who rallied; that last race was significant over five furlongs and now she must go a furlong farther.
CHASING MOMENTS debuted November 10th and her lack of prominent positioning left her fifth beaten three lengths while her stable mate, Ghostly Win, was more competitive in third; she comes right back at six furlongs with a chance to improve second time out for Mark Casse; the blinkers are on.
BIENVILLE STREET debuted in the same race when, Zyanza, was the runner up; she was late getting going but moved inside and had some interest at the end and will appreciate the added distance of today’s event.
9 SAILOR’S THOUGHT
6 EDISTO ISLAND
12 PRINCESS ROYAL
4 SWEET ESCAPE
5 PHIL’S GLORY
PRETTY TWO FACED has been out of the money in consecutive events and was at a route at the first allowance level last time drafting in traffic and then moving outside for the stretch drive.
CANADIAN EH has committed to turf this season and took a win two starts ago and then followed with a third place finish last time when following the winner’s move through the turn and into the stretch; she has continue to train forwardly for this move to Tapeta.
WHISPERING SPEAKER took the blinkers off last time and shortened from an out of the money finish on turf to go to Tapeta; she won in the last jump at the expense of, Magical Holiday, who was entered in race two today.
SWEET ESCAPE drew in from the also eligible list November 11th in a race that came off turf; a slow pace developed, yet, she camped in last until the stretch drive; she then moved off the rail to the outside and had substantial power to topple that field with a rush; she is up in value now.
PHIL’S GLORY followed the winner last time but still had a length to make up at the end in a good effort for $32,000; she seeks her third win of the year in this her second start following the layoff.
EDISTO ISLAND an improving three year old finished with such force in her sprint race October 14th that she seemed to be a surety when she stretched out last time; she galloped her rivals into submission at tiny odds; she now jumps to the first allowance level with Hernandez taking over.
LILLIE’S ANSWER attracted a claim here October 6th and most recently, had improved significantly at a route on Tapeta to finish third against a key top pair.
CONQUER THE SKY competed at six and a half furlongs second time off the shelf November 18th and came running up the inside to miss by only a length in what was a much improved race.
SAILOR’S THOUGHT had been nicely prepared by Don MacRae for an opening win with a patient off the pace ride under Husbands; he was booked on Casse’s runner up, Galileo Gal, last time; she went to the lead in that last start and had no defences later on; Husbands is riding, Sweet Escape, here and Da Silva will move in on this one.
KADLEY closed a good gap on turf last time in an optional race when fourth and both the sixth and seventh place finishers have come back to win; she had eventful recent work in 1.02.1 getting ready.
ALICE’S WAR exits the same most recent race as some of the others in here and she contended until the second turn only.
PRINCESS ROYAL seemed to experiment with an off the pace technique October 15th which did not work against key company; most recently, she was fanned quite wide in a sprint; her recent fast work on the training track may signal that she will return to her front end style here from the outside.