Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday

Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Sunday. Selections by Jim Bannon.

The 10 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT.

RACE #1                               






VIEW THE STAR dropped in for $12,500 last time but got hemmed in and had to settle for third; the runner up came back to win for $15,000; she goes the other way, in now for $8,000 for Mike Mattine following a freshening.

REDSTRIPECONQUEROR had a couple of spring tries including a third place finish May 19th against a winner who

was easily best; she returns from a freshening and stretches to a route.

R MOUNTSBERG had little impact in a race May 14th when View The Star was much better in third.

THE OTHER BOLEYN started this season in a protected spot and was a distant eighth; the top three have all come back with very good races; she was forced to scratch June 4th when she got loose pre race; she now goes for just $7,500

on a big drop.

MISS BAO TO U dropped into a reachable spot June 3rd and took sharp support but had a poor departure from the gate tossing her head and then she closed belatedly; the blinkers are off and she stretches from a sprint to a route and has used that angle with good results in the past.

COURT QUEEN started the year sprinting for $10,000 and lost by a wide margin; she extends in distance.

SINGNORITA will put the blinkers on in this third start of the year; she returns from a short rest and now goes from a sprint to a route seeking her initial career share.

SHEZTENTHEHARDWAY had three early races this season then took a bit of a freshening and came back June 7th for a strong middle pace try for $16,000 and she weakened only late; that race gives her some standing.

MORE TO GIVE was not a factor when stretching from a sprint to a route last time in her second start of the campaign.







LEGAL GUMP debuted May 28th at four and a half furlongs on Tapeta and rushed to the lead then was overtaken and finished second; he now gets his second start and goes to the turf, a footing for which he is bred top and bottom.

NO DRINKING RULES is one of two in here for

Nick Gonzalez and will be debuting at six furlongs on the grass; he was an auction purchase and has the benefits of

a work at five furlongs June 13th in 1.00.3; he goes with blinkers and lasix in this opener and Wilson rides.

SLY BEAUTY debuted May 27th and offered sharp early speed as the surprising 3-5 favourite against a preferred winner; she faded gradually; she worked on turf in 1.00.4 recently for Mark Casse preparing for this second start.

MAGIC MUSKETIER is a son of Musketier, a popular local stakes winner on turf; he had a quick work May 25th from

the gate in 47.3bg and Bahen guided him to the quickest

time of the morning June 9th in 47.4 getting ready for

Martin Hinckson.

DIFFERENTIAL a debut runner for Mark Casse, is from the

same dam who produced the talented, Heard That, who was stakes placed as a juvenile; he will go six furlongs on turf at

first asking; he worked recently on the grass at a half mile

getting ready.

GET MY GIST made it to the gate for his opener May 28th then dislodged his rider before loading; one underway, he stalled on the turn in a disappointing development and finished fourth with Legal Gump in second; he now goes to turf for this second start; he has worked five furlongs in the interim.

TREBEK caused interference at the break in his debut May 24th when he came in on a rival; he had difficulty cornering and finished fourth and was demoted; he is bred for turf top and bottom and should like this more wide open course.







YER BLUES had an ineffective seasonal bow June 7th for

$7,500 at long odds when Runaway Pepper was much better

in second.

MOON DOGGIE defeated non winners of three May 12th;

against multiple winners last time for $9,500, he stayed on willingly even after the winner had gone by and he was just a

long length behind the runner up, Bold Summit, who is here.

FLASHY MARGARITTA is getting his seasonal bow for high percentage trainer, Jim Ensom, who has had some significant results in recent weeks; this one drops significantly and has

been prepared with works on the training track; he does have natural speed and has Hernandez aboard.

WATCH IT BUSTER came here from Arizona to compete

May 6th and was in a protected race and finished on the edges;

he was again out of the money last time in a protected event

but now he comes onto the open market for a chance to run at

the speed; he has won regularly in his career and goes for high percentage trainer, Martin Drexler.

DAN’S REVENGE had a busy spring time and some rewarding runs with consecutive in the money finishes; he has been freshened since May 6th when he was beaten just two lengths in

a starter event and the runner up came back to win for $23,500.

MILLIONINTHEMAKING is getting his first start of the season

and he closed off last year in a series of routes but was unplaced in his finale; he goes short here.

BOLD SUMMIT was a longshot for $9,500 last time when stepping up to get his second start since coming home from Gulfstream; he had significant improvement while using a speed style over a surface more helpful to closing types and he was a solid second.

RUNAWAY PEPPER was going first time off the claim June 7th and had a much improved run in second; he goes up one more level for Kerry-Mark Sookram.

MALBEC was worth a chance when he came home from Keeneland and dropped for $25,000 last time but he typically

had early initiative and not enough stretch strength; he tries to help himself with a big drop here for $10,000 and he has had interim activity.







LILLZ NOT CRYING rated back off the pace in a May 28th seasonal bow on turf but got farther back at the end without threatening; he has since trained on turf; the blinkers are back on and Ramsammy now rides.

EVERGLOW came home from Tampa to compete on turf May 28th and was hustled along in fourth in an ok performance; he has had time for an interim work on turf in company getting ready for Sam-Son Farm.

MORE PERFECT a homebred for Charles E. Fipke, debuted last November and offered some early initiative only; he is from a dam who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and so getting to the turf should be the answer; he worked on grass recently for Roger Attfield in 59.4 going out well getting ready for this seasonal bow and first career trip on the lawn.

LEONARD’S BAY had a fast work June 9th in 59.4 for

David Bell; he went to turf last time and he attended the pace but lost in double digits; he is hoping to be more thorough and Moran takes over.

DIAMONDS AND ROSES was on turf when he debuted last summer without showing much; he has improved in two races this spring and recently stretched to a route finishing third and the fifth place finisher came back to win on turf Wednesday; he now gets to switch to the turf which should help.

UNSPOILED MOMENTS is certainly one to consider; he was winter raced at Gulfstream and came home May 20th to sprint on turf where he finished an encouraging fourth; the winner came back to be second and the runner up came back to win while the twelfth place finisher also came back to win recently on turf; he now goes from a sprint to a route and was handling longer distances well enough back in January.

ZAP CAT had to endure a most unfortunate set of circumstances May 26th and was declared disadvantaged and a non starter because of actions in the gate; he made a move to challenge in the stretch but veered out when the eventual first place finisher angled out; he finally finished second; he goes into a tougher type of maiden contest here; he can handle the turf and gets extra room.

SCRAM CRACKER was claimed in his opener by Tino Attard from the Casse Stable and was sixth beaten six lengths on that occasion as the favourite but he was running on despite being somewhat green; he now gets over to turf with blinkers added.

MAKEMINEAMANHATTAN is from a dam who liked the lawn; he debuted sprinting on Tapeta without any impact but now gets to go to the turf in hopes of a better trip; he worked June 4th in 1.00.1 for Dave Cotey.

VAUGHAN is from an excellent family but when he debuted June 4th, he did not come out of the gate promptly and then closed belatedly; he goes long on turf now which gives him a chance to improve.







EMINENT FORCE was racing effectively on the turf in Florida then came home and benefitted from that conditioning to win a starter event at seven furlongs on Tapeta; he failed a route test

on Tapeta at 3-5 last time and backed away late; he now goes over to turf seeking his sixth win ever on the lawn and hoping to reclaim some of his previous force.

BIG BAZINGA gave the impression he needed his return race May 28th at a route on turf in a difficult situation; he elected to

get in a speed duel with, Shakhimat, the third place finisher and

he weakened to fourth; he can go forward with this big drop for $30,000 and he is in search of his second ever win on the grass.

HAMMERSTEIN came home from Tampa for one of the hottest stables May 13th and ran out of the money at seven furlongs on Tapeta; he is a two time winner on the grass and now moves

over to the turf with Hernandez now aboard.

MOONLIGHT MALICE was having some difficulty departing the gate effectively in some races and so when he dropped down

to take a big edge, he escaped and was able to win easily as

the favourite; he jumps back up the class ladder and goes to

turf for the initial time.

LIONS BAY competed last Sunday where he woke up in his second start of the meet with a shift to turf; he got in behind

the leaders late and then ducked to the inside where he

gained promptly in third beaten less than a length; he attracted

a claim and gets a quick return here.

CLEARER VIEW was strong on the turf last year with good speed; he wasn’t at his best when he got his second try of the meeting which came on turf May 28th and he once again backed away; he has an opportunity to track the speed of Big Bazinga.

RUN TO THE BANK was in for $20,000 in a sprint on turf last time and stayed ok in third beaten only a couple of lengths; he goes in a route here.







YOU KNOW JACK has had two runs this season including a

mile race on turf last time when far back; he now reverts to the care of Abraham Katryan and will go long on Tapeta here.

CONQUEST CAVALRY has now had two races under the care

of Mike De Paulo; when he stretched to a route May 19th,

he had a vastly improved performance in second against an unbeatable front runner who has already come back with a generous runner up finish; he has had time for interim prepping

at five furlongs on two occasions heading to this race.

TERRA EXPRESS is without momentum after two races this season; he departs turf and gets back to a route on Tapeta.

ARTHUR’S PASS looks like a contender; his opening race on Tapeta featured a good closing kick when he was one position behind Conquest Cavalry against a key winner; most recently,

his race on turf was generous.

JUROJIN caused trouble at the start last time when he broke to the outside into the path of the favourite and he didn’t get untracked; he will go long on Tapeta once again.

TIGER PAW attracted a claim April 2nd at Gulfstream perhaps with his perfect record on a synthetic surface in mind; he was only fifth that day but he did close mildly and he also closed mildly in his latest; he now gets onto Tapeta for the first time for Ricky Griffith.

GUITAR GEORGE had a useful seasonal bow where he came forward from a difficult position in fifth along the inside and he was encountering a hot pace but got within two lengths of the third place finisher, Arthur’s Pass; he looks to go forward in this second start of the meet.

THUNDER POINT used the drop down angle for success May 22nd and he had used that same angle previously with similar success when Contreras was also the winning rider; he now goes for twice the price of his last victory.







REXTON is a noted speed runner who has high velocity but he should be in an early tangle with Black Hornet and that will be a conflict; this will be his seasonal bow and he looks to revisit his best stakes winning form of 2015 for John Mattine.

SAN NICOLA THUNDER went first time off the claim for Jim Ensom and dominated a slow pace on turf for an easy win under Contreras; he was in complete control; with several identifiable speed runners in the race, he has an opportunity for an aggressive stalking style which he has previously used in a successful manner on turf.

BLACK HORNET is getting his first race since last July when he faded in the Highlander on turf; he is very quick on his best day and did run well in the Grade 2 Nearctic early in his career and just failed to last; he indicates a series of quick works for Pat Parente.

GOODOLDHOCKEYGAME seemed to like the slow nature of the pace on turf last time and stayed on to be a distant third against San Nicola Thunder; this race presents a more high velocity challenge.

NASHVILLE KNIGHT got used up in a pace struggle

May 13th and faded late to be third; he gets to take the blinkers off and that may provide him with an opportunity to use a stalking style; he does like the turf.

BADJEROS BOY had his seasonal bow May 22nd on turf and was a distant fourth against San Nicola Thunder in that paceless event.

OCCASIONAL VIEW had a May 28th seasonal bow in his first try for Kevin Attard and he ran adequately in third unable to match the late run of the winner; he very much likes the turf and the race sets up ideally for his late kick.

FIELD OF COURAGE competed May 17th over a surface quite helpful to closing types; he tried to quicken in front

on the deep surface but grew weary late and that was understandable; he now sprints on turf.

RUCK will compete only if this event goes on Tapeta; he returned following considerable time away in a paceless turf event that did not serve his strength; he is a one time winner on Tapeta and that came with an off the pace rush.







MIDNIGHT CROSSING had her North American introduction

April 13th at Keeneland and was not a factor but when she

arrived here May 14th to compete on the synthetic surface, she woke up with a booming win under Garcia for Roger Attfield;

she has had two good preps this month.

KYLLACHY QUEEN visited Belmont last year about this time

for an added money event and finished on the edges in fifth;

she competed at Keeneland in her latest with a rush on a

yielding turf course to be second behind a winner who has since disappointed here; she comes for a chance to compete on the synthetic surface and has had success in England on such footing; this will be her second try on lasix.

LILLY’S GOLDIE is still seeking her initial stakes win; she won the prep for this May 20th with a deep closing style and her initial route win; the pace was strong and she out finessed her opponents with an outside move and meets some of those today for Nick Gonzalez; she is a homebred for R. M. C. Stable.

MINKS APRISE has visited here in the past; she failed last year

in the Matron but was better in the autumn when a tight fourth in the Maple Leaf around two turns and then third narrowly beaten

in the Bessarabian; she opened the season here under the

control of Roger Attfield; she dashed from ninth from behind rivals at the top of the streth to be second beaten only a short length; she makes the natural extension around two turns; Hernandez rides; this will be her second try without blinkers.

ALWAYS THINKING will be competing here for the first time for Godolphin Racing and trainer Thomas Albertrani and Da Silva

has been picked for this ride; she was a winner in January at Gulfstream in an off the pace sprint; most recently at a mile on

turf at Gulfstream, she was a positive fourth; she had been

fourth the time before on grass against the difficult Celestine, a subsequent stakes winner and also, Catch A Glimpse.

HOT KISS is seeking her second stakes win and did succeed

in this race last year; her seasonal bow May 20th saw an aggressive style where she set the pace and when the late fractions became quite keen, she yielded and Lilly’s Goldie took top spot with Uchenna second and Ice Festival third.

UCHENNA is a multiple stakes winner locally; her May 20th seasonal bow saw her land second when she was out rallied

by Lilly’s Goldie; she galloped out strongly and should be set for this event after a good recent prep in 1.01.2.

ICE FESTIVAL was a local stakes winner in November at ten furlongs; she had her first try of this meeting May 20th as the favourite in the prep for this and was keenly rated close to the pace and then made her move but was out rallied by the winner, Lillie’s Goldie, and finished a tight third with Uchenna in second and the late fractions were good; she worked June 11th in 59.2 getting ready for Sid Attard; Moran has had success with her.

SWEATER WEATHER had a May 20th seasonal bow against some of these but trailed in the small field and didn’t threaten through the stretch; she hit her best stride in this category last summer with consecutive stakes wins.

FLIPCUP came here last year for the Matron Stakes and had a negative experience as the favourite; when she invaded back

in 2015, she was successful on a couple of occasions in stakes; she makes her way back now after a three race slump.







LEMON SQUEEZE came home after an extended tour to compete at six and a half furlongs in this category May 28th and she rallied inside against slow fractions and finished an ok third; she draws the rail post at seven furlongs; she seeks her second win.

WEST L. A. GIRL had an amazing sweep around the field to take a win April 28th at seven furlongs for her third lifetime score; most recently, in a tough first allowance event, she came outside runners but got behind the leaders and then ducked inside and lost her momentum; Husbands who

was aboard for her previous two wins takes over after a one race absence.

CONFLATION a three year old, had a start in the spring time but lost in double digits then; she comes off the shelf here.

ROXHAM developed some nice stamina at a route last November and stalked and won off easily; the runner up  scored again here on Wednesday; her finale was a poor experiment going long on turf; she looks to start over now in

a seven furlong race for her new trainer Barbara Minshall and she has prepped willingly with Wilson aboard.

DAWNMINO is looking for a breakthrough victory; she has often hung on the edges; she travelled six and a half furlongs in her seasonal bow where she made a move only to hang just behind Lemon Squeeze; Hernandez rides.

MODUS OPERANDI was doing well in seven furlong races earlier in the season then finished third against a key top pair at a route; most recently, she elected to be the pacemaker over a surface very helpful to closing types but the slow nature of the track did not assist her front end style and she understandably weakened; she cuts back to seven furlongs.

NO SOUP FOR YOU came rolling at six furlongs in her seasonal bow and missed by just a diminishing half length; she likes the seven furlong distance and should improve.

PARTYONTHEPATIO attracted a claim by Martin Drexler May 26th in her seasonal bow where she won convincingly using good turn speed; she now goes up in value looking to capitalize on her newly found winning attitude.

SWEET ROSE was getting her second start of the meeting May 7th and coming back in three weeks with lasix added but she stalled over a surface more helpful to closing types; she has posted some fast recent works for Sid Attard; she now goes seven furlongs.

RACE #10







IT’S A BREEZE is getting his third start of the campaign and

there was progress last time despite hitting the side of the gate when he departed; he rallied inside to be third beaten just two lengths; now he goes to turf for the first time in his career and

his dam did win on the grass.

ARTISTICO a winner on the turf last year about this time, has

had just a single start this season and attracted a claim by

Sylvain Pion; he was an ok third in that event and now is taken to turf for a chance to improve in this second run of the campaign.

CONFIDENTIALITY is from a dam who loved the grass; he was used on the turn for positioning in a six furlong race on Tapeta

last time and hung in the lane; he now gets over to the grass.

MY NAME IS JIM was advancing steadily at this time last year then went to the Queen’s Plate and had a poor experience; a subsequent route on turf left him out of the money and he was shelved; he resurfaces now in the care of John Charalambous and has posted fast works on the training track getting ready.

MY WAY TAPPER a three year old, has had a couple of sprints and will now stretch out and go to the turf; he worked on the

grass recently in 59.4 for Mike De Paulo.

LEOPARD CAT is a three year old, one to consider for

Kevin Attard; he moved to this turf course May 31st when he

came here from Florida and the distance was too short over a

turf course that was more helpful to speed runners; he will need some racing luck with the rail out.

FRITZIE’S BOY raced well in a May 21st seasonal bow at six

and a half furlongs with some determination in the stretch and

the winner has come back to score; he does like the turf.

PARTY AT EIGHT had an early excuse on a yielding turf at just six furlongs last time but gathered himself and rallied; he goes farther with blinkers off.

SEIZE THE BAY had speed on the pace in his seasonal bow

but came up just shy against Thunder Point, who dropped down and that one was entered in race six.

IDA’S WARRIOR checked three furlongs from home and lost

his momentum last time when claimed; he now goes to turf looking for his second win on the lawn.

MOZART MELODY was inconvenienced by the speed nature

of the turf in his seasonal bow and closed belatedly; he deserves another chance but will need racing luck with the rail out.

TOTALLY UNEXPECTED was off his feet in a Tapeta race last time and understandably moves over to turf.

MIRVISH had a significant rally on turf just days before his successful debut on turf where he coasted home at 29-1 for Beverley Chubb under good handling by Mosqueira; he has an effective long stride for grass racing.

GAZCADER closed willingly on the turf last time to be beaten

only five lengths and more room is available here.

UNBRIDLED PIPER was against the elements when trying to close on turf May 31st but he did well to be third and fits with these.

MIKE was on turf last time against some of these but didn’t

have much impact; the blinkers go back on and Garcia rides for the first time.