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, 4.00am AEST Saturday.

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CHEBURASHKA had a problem in the Overskate Stakes October 29th and was eased; he made his way back for $37,500 December 1st where he was angled out with a furlong remaining and then he had a late spurt against a key group; he now runs for just $25,000 in hopes of a wake up at five furlongs.
BEAR ON FIRE doubled in value for new interests last time and was fifth beaten two lengths; he now looks to go up two more levels with a drop back to five furlongs.
SMART SPREE was in against a key winner last time and his stable mate was dominant through the stretch and he chased that one and then weakened late in second; he shortens to five furlongs.
PHIL IN THE BLANK was in for just $10,000 on a drop last time and he committed to an early speed style at this distance but backed away in the stretch.
BOLD HOPE had a peak race two starts ago at five furlongs and probably bounced off that peak effort last time when he had a letdown; he was perfectly positioned in that last event but retreated; he now drops sharply for $25,000 and gets back to the distance of his peak race of two starts ago with Hernandez.
INDIANTOWN SUNRISE is getting her first start since April when she made just a single start and had good
speed finishing third; she makes her way back here for Andrew Smith with a drop in value.
BUDDING is looking to go up in value to face multiple winners while in search of his third lifetime score; he backed away last time.


GREAT GRETA was bumped in the stretch last time and relocated between runners where she was able to run late and finish third for $32,000; she gets to drop down for $20,000 and extend to seven furlongs.
SKYLAISGOLDLINED has been able to generate early prominence in both turf races only to fade; she now shifts over to Tapeta but now gets her first run since late October.
SHAUNESSY stumbled at the break in her previous event but recovered and was third with, Sinful Pleasures, second; most recently, she flipped the rider off in the gate; once underway, she broke to the outside; she finally finished fourth with, Great Greta, just inches in front of her in third; she comes down in value and goes out in distance.
SINFUL PLEASURES had a good race at a route two starts ago when third behind, Edisto Island, who has come back to beat better; most recently, she ran a good race at this exact distance in fourth just to the outside of the winner and that race gives her standing with today’s drop for $20,000; Boulanger takes over.
SUMMER FALLS competed in the last race Sunday with a chance; she got into the open through the stretch with a clear shot at the winner but she was second best for just $12,500 on a big drop; she jumps in value here and shortens in distance.
TREETOP SINGER debuted November 18th at just six furlongs for $30,000 and made a run from the outside and finished a distant second; Contreras gets the call.
RUN FOR SHANTELLE sprinted on Tapeta in her debut at this distance with a positive third place finish; she has taken up other challenges since then and departed turf and went to Tapeta at a route last time where she was a dull fifth; she drops sharply, adds blinkers and makes a change to Hernandez and has had
an interim prep.
RARE GEM attracted a claim for $10,000 last time when she committed to a speed style but gave way late as the 6-5 favourite; she goes up in value for Niall Collum.


MISSY CRISSY moved outside last time with a looping move at the quarter pole as if she would be part of the payoff but she hung in the stretch; she is doubling in value here.
KADLEY came off the shelf December 2nd and was in such a difficult first allowance race because of the goodness of the winner who dominated the pace; she was beaten only eight lengths and now gets to drop for $40,000 and she has a chance to go better.
LIDDYUP beat non winners of two in her previous event at small odds; most recently against non winners of three, the betting public ignored her and she didn’t get close; she doubles in price here with Christopher Husbands now aboard.
COBRA SOPHIE has won three races this season and been allowed to keep two of them including a victory last time when she defeated non winners of three by finding a sliver of good footing along the inside on turf to score narrowly against a quick closing runner up; she also competes well on Tapeta at a route and there was evidence of that October 7th.
CRUMLIN QUEEN drops out of a series of stake races to try and get her third lifetime win late in the season; she went seven furlongs in the Jammed Lovely last time where she encountered
a strong late pace and she stayed on well; she is a logical one to go out in distance here; she faces older rivals.
GARAFRAXA came down in value when returning from time away November 26th but couldn’t keep up; she is back up in value here.
NEW SENSATION has tried difficult opponents and has been around the edges in her last few races; she remains one of the threats here to provide a closing challenge.
TRINI BREWNETTE was heavily favoured last time when dropped into this category, yet, she was running protected in that event and finished second against a strong winner who has already come back to win again; that was her fourth runner up finish this season; two starts ago, she had been the runner up in an added money race; she figures to go in as a likely one once again hoping for a breakthrough score.


ESSENCES BEST was off her feet last time when behind in double digits at five furlongs behind a heavy favourite; she stretches to seven furlongs.
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE takes the big drop here; at six and a half furlongs last time, she had very good early speed pressing a half in 44.3 before weakening; Contreras rides today in this much easier spot and she has a chance to wake up.
HAVEAWONDERFULDAY was in at a lower level when coming off the shelf November 29th and she failed to threaten; she goes up in value and extends in distance.
LEIGHLIN ROAD came from near the back in a six furlong race last time and rushed up behind a wall of rivals then stalled when beaten about three lengths; she is up in value and she extends in distance.
IRIS WILL is without a share over her last three races at this price range; she did gain gradually last time at a route and now cuts back to seven furlongs.
STRING BIKINI earned some high performance ratings at routes and attracted a claim in November when fourth; she showed stark improvement for McKnight at a route with a boost in value last time ending third; she hung towards the end; she now attempts to shorten to only seven furlongs and she puts the blinkers on to help her cope with the added velocity responsibility.
WINGAWAY dropped back down to this price range last time and went from a sprint to a route and made a move
to the lead on the second turn when the pace was quickening; she then slipped back very late; she ran adequately for $20,000 on Tapeta at this exact distance two starts ago and that gives her some standing here.
RELIABLY ROYAL dropped sharply for her latest when coming off the shelf but had driving speed only; she is back up in price here.
GINGER CANDY took a plunge for $6,250 last time when coming off the shelf and she was at the back early lacking speed; she made an inside attempt and finished sixth beaten three and a half lengths; she goes up in value and extends in distance.
ZDENKA has been committed to route racing and was at a lower level last time when she dropped to get a popular win under perfect handling from Hernandez; she now shortens to seven furlongs.
MY PAL KATHERINE scored at a route for $9,500 against non winners of two last time by coping with a quickening pace on the backstretch and around the final turn and she persisted; she shortens to seven furlongs here.


AMBERWOOD is fresh and has the ability to run late against a field made up of many sprinters who will be stretching out; he was second last time in this category beaten by a key winner; he gets his first start since October 8th and he
worked recently in 1.00.2; the layoff angles is a good one for this stable.
PRIDEOFDISTINCTION took a big drop in value November 5th and that resulted in a five wide rally off the turn to win at a route under good handling by Bahen for Ron Sadler who also has, Amberwood, entered; he is back up in value here.
CENAR won for $20,000 against non winners of two last time and Singh used a big off the pace style to get him home in front at 14-1; he now faces non winners of three and doubles in price.
NORTHERN MIKE was well handled by Husbands to win for the first time in his most recent outing; he negotiated a route quite well with a good move in the stretch; he is facing non winners of three here; Husbands is aboard, Amberwood, and Campbell takes over.
NUPOGODI has been enjoying rousing finishes in sprints recently for in the money finishes; he must stretch out and go long here and Contreras will ride as Wilson is handling, Tishina.
DAYLIGHT BREEZE is much like, Nupogodi, in that he has been supplying big off the pace rallies in sprints against the same opponents but now he must go long and that is an adjustment.
CONFIDENTIALITY was going first time off the claim for Denyse McClachrie last Sunday and finished a somewhat disappointing fifth beaten about four lengths and a preferred winner was dominant late in that race; he must double in value here.
ARTISTICO was forced to scratch October 22nd; he got back into action November 26th and won it with an improbable inside rally and once room was available into the stretch, he provided late power at 13-1; he now faces non winners of three and his freshness is a positive aspect; Hernandez takes over for Sylvain Pion.
SPANISH EXPRESS can bring pace heat to this event but he must travel around two turns now after a positive third at six and a half furlongs last time.
TISHINA won at first asking and then second time out, moved prematurely only to hang; he certainly has potential and the blinkers are on; he is a one time winner facing non winners
of three.
MAJESTIC FEVER drew in from the also eligible list for a race last time at six and a half furlongs and he was fourth beaten only two lengths in a race that gives him some standing here; he made a good gain on the inside; like many others, he must go from a sprint to a route and he did win around two turns earlier in his career; he fits nicely.


FOREST CASTLE moved away to a three and a half length lead at a route last time and then persisted by just
a half length as the runner up closed in for $6,250; he is up in value and he shortens in distance.
GIZMO JONES beat non winners of three in his previous event and as a three year old, he was allowed to come back in the same condition last time where a slow pace worked against him but he finished an ok third; he is now asked to shorten to just seven furlongs to face non winners of three once again.
RED AT LAST ran strongly at seven furlongs when going first time off the claim in his previous event; he was second narrowly beaten by a key winner; when he shortened to six furlongs last time, he couldn’t handle
that same key winner and was seventh; he gets back out to seven furlongs which seems to be a good distance for him.
ACTING THE PART was in a series of routes and has been out of the money in those events; he will now shorten to seven furlongs seeking his first win of the year.
MILWAUKEE FLASH shortened to seven furlongs back in mid September but didn’t have any impact; he exits consecutive out of the money finishes in routes.
GET’ERDONEBUD is taking the big drop here; he had a good enough race two starts ago at seven furlongs when just on the edges when, Red At Last, was in front of him; he had a good race last time at six furlongs where he was third and, Red At Last, was behind him; he extends back to seven furlongs.
GLUTEN FREE was at this price range at a route last time where he was competitive to late stretch against, Gizmo Jones, and then he settled for fourth; he must shorten up.
COBILOCO is likely to do well by shortening to seven furlongs; he ran consecutive peak races at this distance August 6th and September 3rd before being stretched out; he was in a key race last time when on the edges and he lacked some room at a vital stage.
YORK RANGER experimented with a route last time and opted for an ineffective speed style; at seven furlongs
two starts ago, he was just on the edges when in behind, Red At Last, and the third place finisher from that race has come back to win; he shortens to seven furlongs.


WITHOUT A DOUBT a speedy type used a more patient approach November 24th to beat Ontario sire company in a sprint at six furlongs; she took back off the early lead and came around rivals and quickened with strength in the stretch for her second win of the campaign; she now goes against open allowance company.
HELL N WILD was a maiden winner at six furlongs two starts ago with front end speed and she earned a good rating; most recently, she went to the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at a route where her speed style was ineffective; she shortens to six and a half furlongs and drops to face first allowance company.
CLOSE IMAGE had such a big edge September 27th when she dropped down that she was eight and a half lengths
the best; most recently, she had an outside rally against, Without A Doubt, and finished fourth against that superior rival.
SILENT DIXIE debuted November 22nd and it was no surprise she was able to win that race from the inside; she had her tall frame in motion early and she persisted against a competitive group; her big adjustment here is stepping up and going to six and a half furlongs.
CLOSER STILL came off the shelf November 10th at seven furlongs and opened up a clear advantage then was worn down near the end in a race where lasix was added and a key winner took top spot and she was finally third; second time off the shelf should produce a more thorough performance.
SECRETARIATS HONOR was faultless in her debut; she travelled six furlongs and grabbed the lead early under Contreras for owner Ian de Souza and persisted at long odds; she now tries a first allowance group with an extension in distance.
MY SILENT PRESENT dropped out of a stake race to break her maiden at five furlongs off the shelf October 4th; she was good near the end with lasix added; her big adjustment here is going from five to six and a half furlongs.
MONSOON RAIN is one to consider given her good race last time when she was third in this category at six furlongs behind a key winner who has subsequently been stakes placed and the runner up has come back to win; she will be looking for a more alert departure from the gate; interestingly enough, a rider switch is being made despite consecutive peak performances with other riders.
HOPE AND PEASE won as expected November 25th when she finally got out of traffic and got to the outside to gallop away; this distance is a good one for her; she must tackle tougher.


MEADOW ROSE is without a victory this year but has run consistently well; that was the case October 28th when she came off the shelf and made a move to the lead in this category only to have the winner fly by on the outside; she has been freshened and indicates two positive works getting ready for Nick Gonzalez.
WAY TO VERSAILLES has had a productive season with peak tries coming August 5th and September 10th; she has backed out of the money in recent sprints and faced key company last time; the winner was recently second in the Bessarabian; her challenges here are, departing turf, stretching out in distance and going to a Tapeta route for the first time.
LILLY’S GOLDIE hit the low point of her form in the Victoriana Stakes July 20th and then again August 19th on Tapeta; she trained up to her last start and improvement was expected and it was there with a rally in a sprint; she now goes long again and has had interim prepping for Nick Gonzalez.
MOZAMBIQUE GOLD dropped in for $25,000 to ensure a second consecutive win November 18th and it was her third score of the season; she has raced in front in all of her victories this year; she goes up in value here for high percentage trainer Lorne Richards.
DADDY’S GREAT BAY seemed to hit a peak back on September 3rd when fresh but since that time she hasn’t been quite as good; she was a slumping fourth last time on turf and should welcome the return to Tapeta for Gord Colbourne.
DAWNMINO attracted a claim by Norm McKnight November 8th and the improvement was startling
November 25th; she used a new and effective off the pace style with a jump in value all the way up to the first allowance level; she was in control late when quickening; she looks to double up in this spot with an extension to a route and Hernandez stays aboard.
MISS SEA is just a one time winner this season but she has been competitive at other times; she was at seven furlongs last time where she was committed to the inside and a slow pace also proved costly; she has come back with a work heading to this race and competes for the claiming portion
at a route.
IMPOSSIBLE TALE goes for Charles E. Fipke and Michaela Neubauer who combined for a smart win on Sunday’s card with Malibu Wood ; she was beaten in double digits at a higher level than this last time and now drops down one classification.


INCREDIBLE DEE took the big drop last time and ran a strong race but needed a half furlong farther as he ran out of ground with his big move at six and a half furlongs; he attracted a claim and now stretches to seven furlongs with a jump in value.
RARE APPEAL acted up in the gate prior to the start December 3rd; once underway, he angled off the rail but couldn’t progress.
GASCONADE had such a good race at seven furlongs three starts ago then revisited that distance last time but was in a protected spot at too high a level and nothing was expected; he remains at seven furlongs but gets down to the price of his previous good race at this distance.
THE ACCUSER is going from a series of routes to a sprint; he did sprint while here back in the spring time; he is looking for a breakthrough win and had every chance last time after being fanned wide but he missed narrowly in a game effort; the winner, Cenar, was entered in race five.
AREOCENTRIC was part of a four wide duel last time then backed away; he comes back at the same price range but at a furlong farther.
WAR FACTORY made a decision to go up inside last time and that did not produce a good result; his previous event was so much better where he stayed outside; Husbands takes over here with a little more room available.
OPENING REMARK was duelling with three others on the pace last time at this price range and finished third and had some of these behind him; he goes a little farther here.
HYTHE acted up badly in the gate prior to the start December 3rd and that may have impacted his chances in a negative way; once underway, he suffered some interference at the break and then didn’t threaten.
CROSS BORDER closed up ok last time in a six and a half furlong race at this price to be fourth beaten only three lengths when just behind the third place finisher, Opening Remark.
SPLASH WITH ME goes for a hot jockey/trainer combo hitting at thirty one percent with an ROI of $10.00; Garcia was aboard two starts ago for a robust rally when narrowly beaten; most recently in a failed route, he suffered a significant fanning incident.
HYATT’S DUDE is getting his first run since September of 2016 for Sid Attard and he has prepped regularly during November getting ready for this.
PRISON PADRE has been in consecutive routes and took a maiden win two starts ago but most recently, was part of an early duel which featured a pace that was too fast and then he tried to back away; it was an unsuccessful venture.
TINKER RING is going for twice the price here after a good run at seven furlongs for $10,000 last time where he rallied outside; the fifth place finisher has since won.
WARDO competed at a gelding last time and closed a good gap but had work to do at the end and now tries tougher.
MACHO DANCER is an obvious one to consider here; he won the last time he was on Tapeta when returning from time away at a route; most recently, he was out of the money on turf and the fourth place finisher from that race, Royal Intrigue, has come back to win big on Tapeta; he makes changes here dropping sharply for $20,000, shortening in distance and moving to turf with lasix added.

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