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 EDT.

RACE #1                               






SYDNEY’S SPIRIT is getting her first start since the summer of 2014 and went over the top of her best form then; she indicates three works at five furlongs getting ready to come off the shelf for Lisa Burry.

CONQUEST RAPIDUNO should improve in this second start of the meet; she gets to drop two levels following her second place finish as the favourite April 22nd when she had the slow pace in her favour while facing a dominant rallier who was also short odds.

YOU’RE MY DESTINY competed last Sunday in a race at a route where she was full of fire on the pace but she lacked stamina in that route and now shortens to a sprint.

SWEET RHAPSODY is getting her third start of the meeting; in her second try since shifting to the McKnight stable

last outing, she was against the bias when showing speed and was beaten as the 6-5 favourite; she comes down

in value.

PASTURE CURFEW an auction purchase for

Frank Di Giulio Jr., is from a dam who has produced a number of winners; has prepped regularly at five furlongs getting ready and Bahen will do the riding for Robert Tiller.

ABOGADA didn’t have any turn speed in an April 28th debut but showed some life in the stretch when fourth; more room

is available here.

VIENNA BY NIGHT was in a much tougher race than many of the others are exiting when she got her seasonal bow

May 7th; she was close early; she halves in value.

MEGALIN CANDY was against the bias when showing speed May 6th and she was third beaten less than a length against a preferred winner; this will be her second start of

the meeting.







HELM attracted a claim two starts ago at Tampa when third for $16,000 and in a starter event there on turf last time, he hung late in contention finishing fourth as some well regarded types took the top prizes; he is without a win in over a year; he comes in for Ron Potts and Villa-Gomez has been named.

ENCHANTING ALLY is a four year old filly against the boys here who started this season for just $10,000 and now she jumps in value for an opportunity to go two turns.

MAJOR PRODUCTION is known for his outstanding stamina and he did win a marathon to close out last year; he was not productive in his opening races of last year when protected.

EMINENT FORCE came home from a productive campaign at Gulfstream and was ready for a seven furlong race here April 15th in a starter event and ran down the speed as the favourite; that should be the ideal primer to get ready for the stretch around two turns for Mike De Paulo.

REALLYLIKETHISONE had a quiet approach in an April 28th seasonal bow at a route in an easier type of starter event where he started a rally as if he would win but he couldn’t catch the front runner who was winter raced.

BEAR AT LAST put up some good finishes late last season and had plenty of stretch power; he begins this year with Husbands aboard for Tino Attard and he was ready to go in his seasonal bow last year when second.

LAST CLASS TO GO has changed hands since he last

competed locally and now competes for Colebrook Farms

and Ashlee Brnjas and was second at Tampa last time for $25,000 on the turf when facing limited winners; he had an exciting stretch kick on that occasion.

ENTWISTLE was winter raced at Gulfstream with three good efforts to land on the edges; on turf last time, he lacked room

at a crucial stage at the top of the stretch while inside and he

had to move off the rail and was narrowly beaten; he fits.

BOURBON FIRST is getting his second start of the meet for

a stable that has done well with that angle at the session; he

was fourth in his first try of the meeting when Reallylikethisone, was better in third.







LUCKBE TANYA concluded last season with a win here

going long in October; her return race April 30th was an ok

primer but she hung late in the contest against Lilly’s Goldie

at seven furlongs; she can improve in this second start of the meet with a stretch out.

SWEATER WEATHER had some dominant stretch gains

late last summer to capture the Algoma Stakes and then the

Classy ‘N Smart; she needed her opener last spring; she

returns here with Bridgmohan aboard for Robert Tiller.

LILLY’S GOLDIE has been a terrific off the pace sprinter

with stretch theatrics and that was the case in an April 30th

win to begin this campaign; she now tries a stretch around

two turns and once again, Wilson has the mount for

R. M. C. Stable and trainer Nick Gonzalez.

ICE FESTIVAL is a classy individual who captured the

Maple Leaf Stakes at ten furlongs last November at the

expense of Hot Kiss; she also handles this distance quite

well; she had one bridge race at Gulfstream in March where

she was in against the heavy favourite, Celestine, while

Catch A Glimpse was second; she finished fifth beaten seven lengths; the winner came back to capture the Grade 2

Honey Fox; she now gets onto Tapeta and does have the

benefits of a work here in 59.3 for Stronach Stables.

HOT KISS was good when she started last year and won

the Trillium in her second start when doubling up; for this

seasonal bow, she indicates works at increasing velocity

including a move May 8th in 1.13.3 for Phoenix Racing; once again, Campbell has the mount for Mike De Paulo in this return.

UCHENNA made her mark in the Belle Mahone last September

at this exact distance with a striking win from off the pace at the expense of Hot Kiss; this will be her first start since December

in New Orleans when she closed belatedly on turf; she has

been here prepping for an extended period for Mark Casse

and competes for Gary Barber.








BEN LOMOND has been second in both races this season; he made the lead a bit prematurely last time then was passed by another deep in the stretch; he is shortening to only five furlongs and figures to get an aggressive chasing trip from the rail.

EXECUTIVE SIGHT debuted around this time last year and was in a key race taken by a dominant winner and slipped back to fourth and the runner up scored recently; he has been getting ready for Darwin Banach with Da Silva aboard in the morning and he travels five furlongs here.

PIERRE MINCE had an all out speed approach last

October 15th and came up just shy in second; Wilson was aboard for his key work May 10th in 59.4 getting ready for Michelle Love; he cuts back to five furlongs.

HOLTZ debuted May 6th at long odds and seemed to stall on the backstretch and then gave up positions; he puts the blinkers on for this second start with Alderson now aboard.

JAIL TIME a debut runner for Paul Buttigieg, by

Court Vision, is from the same dam who produced a good earner; he had earlier preparations on the training track and came to Tapeta for a work from the gate

May 11th in 47.2bg; Moran rides in this opener.

CHARMING VISION a debut runner for Tucci Stables, was an auction purchase and is from the same dam who produced Enchanted who won here last weekend; he had his major gate work May 10th in 48.4hg with middle speed for Nick Gonzalez.

DARK ALE had three consecutive in the money races to close off last season; in his finale, he was involved

in some early bumping and was at the back early; he finally finished third beaten a half length as the favourite; he can contend again in this seasonal bow

for Peter Berringer.

OLE OLE OLE a debut runner, is a homebred for Edenvale Stable and is from the same dam who produced the eleven time winner, Delayed Engagement; he goes for Robert Tiller with Bridgmohan aboard and had a five furlong work May 4th in 1.01.2.

THE YOUNG LORD a homebred for Kathleen Biers,

is by Where’s The Ring and goes for Ian Black; Boulanger was aboard for a work May 13th in 1.01.2b getting ready.

CORRYVRECHAN is getting his first start of the year and he showed potential in his debut last September with a strong runner up finish against a key winner; Hernandez was brought in for his main work May 11th

in 1.01.1hg; blinkers are on for this seasonal bow for John LeBlanc Jr.

PERLARANA debuted last November and stayed on

well to be second against a repeating winner; he will

have to get out of the gate better and has just five

furlongs with which to work once again; Contreras gives

him a vote of confidence.

DREAMIN OF JENNY a debut runner, is a homebred

for Rocco D’Alimonte and Frank Annecchini and is from

a smart dam who has already produced, Sunny’s Rainbow, who has had a couple of in the money finishes this

spring; he worked from the gate for Mike De Paulo

May 7th in 48.4bg getting ready.







JUICYCREST had post position fourteen in her

finale and that ruled her out of contention; she begins

this year from the rail post and has prepped on the

training track.

SHE’S NO MEENY is getting her second start of the meeting for Conrad Belaire who has already had a

longshot second out winner at the meeting with

Deep Blue Sea; this one is hoping to follow that pattern; Garcia who was up for the earlier win, takes over here

in this stretch to six and a half furlongs after a positive

third place finish with a rally.

MY CANTATA had post eleven last time and was used

for positioning on the pace then was beaten late by a

rallier and finished one position better than She’s No Meeny who is here; she gets a better post for a popular jockey/trainer combo.

CRY HAVOC tried to show speed in an April 28th race which was dominated by closers and she folded in the

lane; she halves in value.

GRETNA GRACIE had an excuse in her seasonal bow

and then second time out, she woke up but her late run came up just shy at five furlongs; she now lengthens to

six and a half furlongs.

BREWS TOONIE TOSS showed mild interest on the outside in her April 29th seasonal bow against some of these and now goes farther.

CALIDEZ is certainly one to consider; she won here at

first asking last October for Nick Gonzalez; she made

two starts at Gulfstream over the winter and went better

in her second start when a prominent third although

issues pre race had a negative impact; she drops for

$9,500 with the return home.

CATCH SOME Z’S is getting her first start since last

August for Paul Buttigieg and gets to drop for $10,000;

she was second at that time; she is a six year old mare looking to move forward in this seasonal bow.

AMERITIME will put the blinkers on and will drop down

for this seasonal bow with Singh aboard; she did win

when fresh last spring at this time.

MESSY MARIE won as expected May 6th and took an overload of support and was perfectly handled by Moran to rally in time for maiden $10,000; she is one

of two in the race for Paul Buttigieg; Moran lands here.

DEVILISH STYLE trailed early from the inside then moved outside last time without a substantial gain.

TUS NUA is getting her first start since last July when she won for maiden $20,000 at seven furlongs; she resurfaces for new trainer Tom O’Keefe at only six furlongs from a difficult outside post with Ryan aboard and cheek pieces on.







SONNET BOOM a debut runner for Mike Doyle, is by Shakespeare, a top turf reference and this one is from a dam who produced the Coronation Futurity winner,

Decision Day; Moran was aboard for his gate work

May 13th in 1.02.3bg getting ready for this six and a half furlong opener on the grass.

OCEANOGRAPHIC a debut runner for Box Arrow Farm and Gord Colbourne, is by Stormy Atlantic, a significant source of turf success; he has worked five furlongs on three consecutive occasions on Tapeta getting ready but goes to turf here.

SWEET ROMANCE debuted in April and was slow to find his best stride but has a pedigree that suggests more distance will be helpful; his dam did produce

the Damsel Stakes winner, Ready For Romance;

he has had interim prepping with Husbands in 48 for Sam-Son Farm and now moves to grass.

MAJOR ECLIPSE a homebred for Chiefswood Stable, debuted April 21st on the turf at Keeneland and was not a factor after a poor beginning; Attfield has been able

to get production locally with horses coming in from Kentucky; he has had two local works getting ready; Garcia rides in this shift to the E. P. Taylor turf with lasix added.

SPRING EDITION has had some nice close up finishes

and was third in his April 21st seasonal bow when

City Boy was about four lengths better in second; he has already had action on turf and finished 2nd on the lawn here last September.

PALEFACE didn’t do much running in his seasonal

bow April 30th but puts the blinkers on and shifts to

turf; he is a son of Old Forester.

RED BO a homebred for Calumet Farm, competed

January 12th in New Orleans on the turf where he

couldn’t guard the lead late and was second for

Mark Casse; he has been here prepping for about

a month and Jerome Lermyte takes over in this

local bow.

WILLY’S CASTLE got first run at the lead on the turn

in a seven furlong debut April 28th but then hung against

a key winner and finished only three lengths back;

Wilson was aboard for a fast comeback work and

blinkers are now added; his dam loved the grass.

CITY BOY is by City Zip, a distinct source of turf

success and this one is from a dam who captured the Damsel Stakes on turf; his opener was impressive as

he finished second at five furlongs fighting back against

a key winner who has repeated; lasix is added and he

now goes to turf.

GOLDEN EXCHANGE a debut runner for Paul Buttigieg,

is from a dam who loved the grass; he worked from the

gate April 30th in 47.3bg and came back with a five

furlong work in 1.01 getting ready to debut on the turf.

UNSPOILED MOMENTS seemed to like the turf better

than other footings when competing at Gulfstream over

the winter and had some late gains; when he debuted

on this turf course last summer, he had a poor post.

MR O’PRADO is getting his first race since March

of 2016 when he was unplaced on turf at Gulfstream; blinkers are added and he is working with lots of grass

in his pedigree for Jamie Attard.

VAUGHAN is bred for turf top and bottom and will compete

for RCC Racing Stable and go for John Mattine; he had

a quick work May 2nd in 1.00 getting ready;

Slade Callaghan rides from the outside.

LETTHEBIGHOSSROLL a debut runner for

Paul Buttigieg, is working with some turf in his pedigree

on his dam’s side; he worked on the training track

May 10th in 59.3 getting ready and Boulanger has

been named.







OAKTON came home from New Orleans to compete

here April 29th and the hot middle pace worked

against his rallying technique as he closed in on the front running Riker but he was finally second best;

he was claimed from that event and now goes for Centennial Farms; Moran was aboard for an interim work in 1.00.3.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME is looking to win this race for

the third time; he won the prep April 29th in his seasonal bow; it was a generally slow paced event in the early furlongs but the middle and late pace heated up when

he was in control at 4-5; he trained forwardly May 9th when beating company and had a blowout May 16th in 1.00.1 with a final quarter in 24.3 for Roger Attfield.

ROYAL SON could have a pivotal role here with his speed to chaperone Riker who likes to run in front; he has had some big races here in the past; this will be

his first start since the Autumn Stakes when he yielded late against, Are You Kidding Me and Oakton.

EIRIGH a former local, comes in for Todd Pletcher; in his latest on the turf in New York, he stalked outside and made a bid on the turn inside but hung when the two favourites dominated; he moves to Tapeta here.

UNBRIDLED JUAN came back to Woodbine April 29th in the prep for this and at the top of the stretch, he had room between rivals but finally couldn’t get through while, Are You Kidding Me, had a clear path to victory; he is hoping for better racing luck in this second start locally this year.

GO AROUND was trying to win the Tampa Turf Classic for the second year in a row April 2nd when traveling a route on turf but he was taken down late by the 2-5 favourite who beat him back into second; he typically picks turf but will give Tapeta a chance here for

Hall of Fame trainer, Bill Mott.

RIKER came home from Gulfstream and dominated a race at seven furlongs here April 29th and turned back Oakton who made a run leaving the turn; his task here is made more difficult by the presence of, Royal Son, who uses the same aggressive style; he was in full flight in his work May 11th in 1.00.1 out in

1.13. for Nick Gonzalez.

DRAGON BAY was at Keeneland last time to try turf where he met up with a difficult front running winner; he was fanned wide and hung at the most crucial time; he did win going long on Tapeta about this time last year.

NOBLE THOUGHT has strung together a series of

races at Tampa with positive results; his two race

winning streak there was stopped last time when he was beaten a length by, Johnny Bear, who recently finished second in the prep for this behind, Are You Kidding Me;

he worked recently in 1.00.4 for Malcolm Pierce getting ready for Pin Oak Stable.







DADDY’S GREAT BAY was without momentum late

last season; she has yet to produce on turf but will move

to the grass for this seasonal bow for Gord Colbourne.

REBEL WITHA CHANCE had a productive campaign

in 2016 despite some lugging in habits; in her finale

which came with a switch to the turf, she stalked in traffic and finished second; she tries seven furlongs

in this return for Kevin Attard and indicates three consecutive works at five furlongs.

SPECIALCNSYDRATION handled the grass just fine

last season winning twice on this course; in her finale

in this classification, she was second best behind a

winner that had a strong stretch kick; Wilson has been aboard in the morning for Michelle Love and works

have been quick.

CAMARIA was winter raced at Gulfstream and took consecutive shares there including a race on turf

March 31st where the favourite won it; she was finally

third; Da Silva was aboard for a nice local win last season and has the mount.

PICASSO MOON a three year old, circled rivals with

ease when she took her second lifetime score April 29th when introduced here; she also likes the grass and

moving to this wide open turf course should be helpful.

CONQUER THE SKY had consecutive wins on turf at seven furlongs last summer; she opened this campaign

with an outside move but hung and now goes to turf.

CAPE MIST was reclaimed by trainer Julia Carey

March 16th at Gulfstream when a winner; she moves

to the stable of Greg Cox and is looking for her third

lifetime win on grass after that last score on the

Gulfstream turf.

LADY NICKY had a breakthrough run on turf in January

at Gulfstream but wasn’t as good in a comeback race

and had no momentum here last time.

SILVER SIDNEY has placed on turf in the past; her seasonal bow was a good offering when second after drafting in traffic inside; she seeks an initial win on turf.

WONDERLAND won as expected on turf last spring

but a return race in the Wonder Where on a crowded course, had a negative impact on her; she starts over

here and has had a series of quick training track works

for Mike Keogh.







FRIENDSHIP RING a homebred for Paul Buttigieg, is from a dam who won sixteen times; this one worked from the gate May 11th in 47.2bg getting ready with the first three furlongs in 35.4; Boulanger has the mount.

UNETHICAL a debut runner, has been traded at auction and goes for Dale Desruisseaux, who has enjoyed a good start to the meeting; she had Campbell aboard for her work May 13th in 1.01.1 getting ready; she is a daughter of the very popular, Into Mischief.

ORPHAN QUEEN is from the same dam who produced the recent winner, Green Doctor; she had her quickest work to date May 13th on the training track in 48.2 getting ready for Amber Mayers.

THAT’S CLAIR loomed up as a threat in her October 2nd debut at five furlongs but hung; she went quickly in a work May 10th in 1.01.2 with the first three furlongs in 36 getting ready for this seasonal bow for Michelle Love.

JUPITER’S EAGLE had some trouble in her second start last November when a rival stopped in her path and that forced her to check; she posted a quick gate work May 3rd in 48bg getting ready for Blair Miller who had a sharp winner on Wednesday’s card.

KISSING was sharp for her debut last November; she waited for the others to go then made her run and was simply second best; her finale was an all out speed theft but she was caught late at six furlongs; she picked up her prepping recently on the training track with a move in 1.12.4 for Saul McHugh; Wilson rides; she is a homebred for Yvonne Schwabe.

BOURBON BABE a four year old, showed run on promise in her debut last October against easier but her comeback race was a letdown.

FOREST LASS stalled on the turn after a pace contribution November 18th and is looking to be more thorough in this seasonal bow for Mike De Paulo.

SOLITAIRE’S VISION had Hernandez aboard May 8th for a work in 1.01 getting ready for this seasonal bow which comes with blinkers off; she seeks her initial share.

VICTORIAN LASS a four year old, had three very tight finishes last year as a three year old then was shelved in the summer time; the blinkers are on for this return and she has posted a few fast five furlong works for the Casse stable.

FAITH AND DESIRE showed little during her campaign last year; she did have a faster than average work on the training track May 12th in 47.1.

SILENT SONET a homebred for Ivan Dalos, is by

Silent Name and is from a dam who has produced a couple of winners; she has a wide post here but did have a quick half mile work April 27th in 47 for Nick Gonzalez.

SAYYESTOXCELENCE caused interference at the break in her November 19th second start of the campaign and finished far behind; this will be her seasonal bow.

FORESTELLA is typically very fast but faltered out of the

money April 29th at five furlongs and has a wide post here.

SINFUL PLEASURES lost in double digits when she debuted May 9th; blinkers are added.

LADY VIOLET M campaigned at Laurel for James Smith

earlier this year with some fringe tries; the blinkers are off.

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ARIZONA BABY won as expected May 5th benefitting from

his winter conditioning as he romped for maiden $10,000; he

now tries non winners of two from the rail post following consecutive peak races for Marilyn McMullen; he has speed.

EXECUTIVEGUTS tried a speed style April 28th when closers were having better luck and he faded out of the money.

SILENT VISION was driving on the turn for position last time

but faltered in the stretch and now halves in value.

CANDY RIDE CAT is getting his first start of the year; his

lone career win came on the turf at Fort Erie going long last October; he has been here prepping at five furlongs.

COURTISINSESSION had a useful return to Tapeta April 22nd after some earlier action at Charles Town; he was fourth

beaten only a length with Padre Pio second and Into The Future third; the winner came back to romp on Wednesday.

PERFECT FORESTER responded between rivals in a May 5th seasonal bow when moving to the care of Norm McKnight;

he looks to build on that peak race by extending to six and a

half furlongs.

INTO THE FUTURE is certainly one to consider given his

winter action at Gulfstream and his return race here April 22nd when third beaten a half length while on the tougher footing inside; Padre Pio was second in that race and is here.

FOXY PHILL ran a good race in his seasonal bow at six

furlongs; he rated behind rivals and then moved forward to be

a length behind Milwaukee Flash who is here.

NORRIS LAKE was ready for his seasonal bow last year with

a runner up finish; he has been getting legged up in recent

trials and gets Husbands for Ron Sadler.

THUNDER POINT was in some tough spots late last season

at much higher levels and should welcome the big drop to

begin this year for a stable that has used the drop down angle profitably in the past.

BEAREAGLE was getting his second start of the meet May 5th and despite an awkward start, he was beaten only a length

and a half when Perfect Forester was better in third; he did

some running late.

PADRE PIO stretched from five to seven furlongs for his second start and woke up with a runner up finish against a winner who repeated on Wednesday; he is looking for a breakthrough victory.

MILWAUKEE FLASH ran well from off the pace in his second start of the campaign April 28th and gets a little more room here

in hopes of a much needed breakthrough win.

NOW YA WANT ME has lost by wide margins in both races this season and is without current momentum.

CONQUEST TOO SMART takes up the widest post with a

drop back down in value after being protected in his seasonal bow; he rates a look with these.