Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Friday
Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Friday. Selections by Jim Bannon.
The 10 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT.
1 PRINCESS ROYAL
3 LUCKBE TANYA
2 LITTLE CHRISTMAS
7 MAGIC SKYS
PRINCESS ROYAL was able to fight her way in front for a victory around two turns in her second start of this year; when she tried the same tactic last time, she got pressed in the middle stages by the fifth place finisher and she weakened late; speed has been carrying on the turf and with the rail far out this week, her chances will be helped by a speed style.
LITTLE CHRISTMAS prefers a stalking approach and a late kick and that worked on turf May 28th when the field was quite beatable; she has been freshened and now meets a tougher classification here in search of her third win.
LUCKBE TANYA gets to dip in for $40,000 here in this first race since June 9th; she handled the turf well enough last September in a nine furlong event with a late close; the relief that this race provides should be helpful and blinkers are added.
LOVIN SPOON PHIL is a deep closer who enjoyed circling rivals two starts ago to win; most recently, she was nestled along the inside and didn’t have the same response; she moves to turf for the first time.
BELLA FABIANA has been on the turf a couple of times and has been on the edges at best; she was seeking her third win last outing in the same race where Pure Purity was better in third in a sprint on Tapeta and now she goes long on turf.
PURE PURITY was on turf at a mile two starts ago and finished just on the edges and both the second and third place finishers have come back to win; most recently, she sprinted on Tapeta in a race that came off turf and she landed just on the edges; she can contribute to the middle pace and is stakes placed on the grass.
MAGIC SKYS is a big strong galloper for turf racing and used an off the pace technique to win June 9th for $20,000 against non winners of two; she is doubled in value here.
BILKY BLUZ will compete only if this event comes off the grass; she was once again competitive last time in a Tapeta route when second and is now looking to put an end to her winless streak
1 WITHOUT A DOUBT
6 WESTLODGE DIVA
2 MISS HONEYPOTTS
WITHOUT A DOUBT debuted June 17th and broke behind then was rushed to get up with the leaders on the turn but was spent and finished out of the money in a key race against Ontario sire company; the Biamonte stable is noted for production second time out with juveniles; she drops and makes a move to Da Silva.
MISS HONEYPOTTS debuted June 17th at four and a half furlongs and while she was behind early, she came three wide from the second flight and finished fourth beaten only about three lengths in an ok race; Moran takes over for this second start.
DEPUTIZED could not keep pace in a key race when she debuted May 27th; the winner came back to win the My Dear and the fourth place finisher has come back to win big; she now plunges for $25,000 for this second start.
CHANCEE debuted June 17th and chased from third then retreated in the same race where Miss Honeypotts was much better in fourth.
KALLAN a debut runner for Tom O’Keefe, is from a dam who has produced six winners and she was a juvenile winner herself; Ryan will be aboard here; she is hopeful of a late rally.
WESTLODGE DIVA a debut runner for Mark Casse, is by Sidney’s Candy who won as a juvenile and then was a Grade 1 stakes winner as a three year old; she is from a dam who could both sprint and route; she has worked on Tapeta and turf getting ready but picks five furlongs here on the synthetic surface for just $25,000 with blinkers, lasix and Boulanger.
SILENT LIGHT debuted at long odds June 17th and was far back finally in the same race where Without A Doubt was about six and a half lengths better.
1 JOSIE’S RIDDLE
4 CRUMLIN NIGHT
JOSIE’S RIDDLE a homebred for Empress Stable, goes for Steve Owens and is from the same dam who produced the recent third place finisher on turf, White Moon; he had a chance to work on turf recently in 59.4 getting ready for this opener at six furlongs on the turf.
ABSOLUTION is one of two in the race for Scott Fairlie along with Dot’s Vision and this one has been traveling five furlongs in works on three consecutive occasions; he is a son of Singing Saint who won both of his career races; he travels six furlongs on turf with Contreras.
FOLLOW MY LEAD a debut runner for Nick Gonzalez, is by Country Day who on one of his best performances was second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint; this one is from a dam who scored thirteen times in her career; Wilson has been aboard in the morning and gets the call here.
CRUMLIN NIGHT debuted for Mike Doyle June 11th and broke behind then was bothered by the third place finisher; he continued on in fourth; the winner of that opening race was recently stakes placed; he now moves to turf and his sire loved the lawn.
DIFFERENTIAL debuted June 18th for Mark Casse and was somewhat green; he indicated some run on power to be fourth while his stable mate won it easily; the runner up has come back to be third; he now goes to turf and had an opportunity to work on the grass recently.
DOT’S VISION a homebred for Gary Wellwood, is one of two in the race for Scott Fairlie and he had a gate trial June 17th in 48.4bg getting ready and has had some five furlong preps since then; he is by a sire who liked the grass and is from a dam who won regularly.
TREBEK had all kinds of difficulties in his debut against a key winner who is now a stakes winner; second time out, he acted up behind the gate then once underway, he stormed up on the pace chasing the winner only to grow weary on turf; he has been very busy since his last start with two five furlong works hoping to move forward in form for Nathan Squires.
ROCK THE HOUSE debuted June 1st on Tapeta and was second best; he had front end speed but as caught very late; he will compete only if this event comes off the grass.
1 LOVE ME IN MALIBU
5 RELEASETHE GLACKEN
2 MADAME GIZMO
3 A PIC BY MRWILL
LOVE ME IN MALIBU attracted a claim April 26th at Keeneland when a significant failure as the favourite for $20,000; subsequent to that claim, she has now made her way over to the Sid Attard barn for Spruce Park Stable and Ryan will ride in this first local start which comes at six furlongs on Tapeta; this will be her first try on the synthetic surface.
MADAME GIZMO had a good race to begin this campaign at five furlongs for $20,000 when second; she moved up in price last time and stretched to six furlongs and gave up the advantage after a battle with the winner and was finally sixth at long odds; Boulanger retains the mount with the drop to an intermediate level.
A PIC BY MRWILL started on Queen’s Plate day and was between rivals from the second flight but didn’t threaten against a well regarded winner; her previous event was much better when she stayed more thoroughly; she should enjoy the drop for $30,000; Contreras will take over.
DELASTE DANCE debuted in the spring time and was last to begin then showed some interest along the inside when advancing to be third; the top two were having a private fight; she comes up one level for this second start.
RELEASETHE GLACKEN had a start early in the year when she was on the edges; second time out, she had difficulty in the gate and then once underway, she broke off stride causing interference; the winner of that event has come back to run well; following time of, she drops in for $32,000 for Robert Tiller.
VICTORIAN LASS competed on Queen’s Plate day and showed some life on the outside to be just about a length behind the sixth place finisher, A Pic By Mrwill, and both are coming down in value here.
14 SAILING HOME - BEST BET
12 FRITZIE’S BOY
13 PLEASANT EMPIRE
2 LEOPARD CAT
GAZCADER has dedicated himself to the turf in both races this season and while he has been out of themoney both times, he has raced competently to be just on the edges and was fourth last time when Leopard Cat was second.
LEOPARD CAT came up from Gulfstream to race on turf May 31st and closed belatedly at what looked like too short a distance; more room was added last time but he missed by inches once he altered off the rail to go outside; he gets even more ground today which should be helpful for Kevin Attard.
DEXTER ROAD has been in some difficult races this season and after two sprints and a route on Tapeta, hewill now go to turf at a route and he does have two turf winning siblings; he does get class relief here.
FOREST CASTLE was getting his second start of the season June 10th and he dropped in for $20,000 and went to turf and gave up the lead late to a well regarded winner; he now goes for twice the price.
MOZART MELODY got off the lasix program last time and raced against some of these but was ineffective at long odds on turf.
CONFIDENTIALITY had an excusable journey last time when finding room too late but he did show some tenacity at that point when clear in the stretch and advanced from sixth to be third beaten only two lengths; more room is available here.
ARTISTICO acted up at the gate last time; once underway, he moved outside to make his rally and he closed well but still had work to do at the end; he ran a similar type race on the edges two starts ago on turf.
VICTORY L. competed last time in a race that was set up for closing types and he scored at 30-1 on the grass for maiden $20,000; the fifth place finisher has come back to win; a switch is now made to Mosqueira with this jump in value.
UNBRIDLED PIPER was on turf to begin this campaign with a solid third place finish; his second start of the campaign was a narrow miss when he moved prematurely on Tapeta; he gets back to turf, a footing he quite likes.
RED AT LAST continued along the inside last time on turf but still had work to do for $20,000; he doubles in price.
CENAR will be discovering the grass here and had a chance to work on it recently; he has developed a good late strategy under good handling from Singh to win two starts ago and then finish second last time when the losing margin was less than a length.
FRITZIE’S BOY has had bad luck lately; he tried a distance shorter than this last time where he lacked room through the stretch and now a shift is made to Alan Garcia in hopes of a better journey.
PLEASANT EMPIRE dropped sharply for his local bow June 25th and Ian Black was successful in claiming him from that wide win on turf for $20,000; he now doubles in price for this event.
SAILING HOME lacked room at a crucial stage in the Bold Ruckus and when he got space late in the race, he closed quickly but missed by a length; he should be comfortable at the longer distance where he will have a chance to use his speed.
IT’S A BREEZE committed to the rail last time and finished third against a key winner on Tapeta; he will be introduced to the turf here.
COPPERSMITH will compete only if this event goes on Tapeta and he was third on that footing last outing when passed late and Cenar was in second.
4 CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
3 MILL ROAD
6 UNCLE B
UNDULATED visited here last November for a stakes win in the Swynford with a significant late kick; he has recently come under the control of Mark Casse and worked here July 6th going smartly in 1.00.3 with his first three furlongs in 35.3; he looks to put behind him a couple of more recent out of the money finishes on turf.
LOKINFORPURSEMONEE has been a strong earner and a three time stakes winner; he ran well in the Queenston Stakes when third and the winner has already come back to win the Charlie Barley; most recently, he started outside in the Bold Ruckus on turf and he continued outside to be fourth against Katalox beaten only two lengths; he gets back to Tapeta at six furlongs and won the Woodstock at this distance in April.
MILL ROAD had an excusable opener but a much more professional start June 25th when he won at tiny odds and looked good doing it; he was the only speed horse on the entire card to win that day as he overcame the bias; like the Queen’s Plate winner, he is from a Holy Bull dam; he is a runner with size and strength who is now looking to double up for Catherine Day-Phillips and Patrick Husbands; he worked July 8th in 48.2 with a final quarter in 23.4.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS has been beautifully nurtured by Hall of Fame trainer, Robert Tiller do win three in a row this spring and two of those victories have come against difficult older runners; he has developed a knack for rescuing wins deep in the stretch and that was the case against a tough older rival last time who was also running strongly in the stretch; the fifth place finisher has come back to win; he has been freshened and indicates a couple of recent works at a half mile getting ready; Da Silva was aboard for his work July 6th in 48.4.
KATALOX won at six furlongs on Tapeta back in May; most recently, he moved over to turf for the Bold Ruckus Stakes and lacked room in the stretch behind a wall of runners; he darted to the rail and that proved to be a winning strategy; he won it late; he gets back to Tapeta here at six furlongs.
UNCLE B was winter raced and took a Sales stake in January in Ocala; he came home for the Woodstock April 22nd and ran second to Lokinforpursemonee; he was lapped by that winner; he worked with speed June 30th in 47.2 getting ready.
MARTEN RIVER won for David Bell last time when the late pace faltered but the early pace had been very strong; he came back to work July 7th in 59 out in 1.13.2 getting ready; Campbell who is perfect on him, has the mount for the third time in his career.
7 GUITAR GEORGE
3 ROYAL INTRIGUE
2 LOOKIN AT BRAVO
5 GALILEO’S STAR
LIDDYUP is a four year old filly in against the boys here for a chance to run a mile and a half on the turf; at nine furlongs on grass last time, a slow pace was established and she showed some staying power to finish a chasing third; she faces the boys here.
LOOKIN AT BRAVO is a strong galloping type who was perfectly handled by Contreras to win June 14th; he sat behind three duelling leaders in a ten furlong turf event and then moved by them when an opening on the rail was presented in mid stretch; this extra distance looks to be within his reach.
ROYAL INTRIGUE had some big performances for his previous interests and has already had two good runs for his new interests; last time at nine furlongs in a first allowance event on grass, he almost made it on time with a deep rally when second against another longshot who won it; he is now offered a chance at a mile and a half and Wilson stays aboard for Steven Chircop.
THE ACCUSER finished about two lengths behind the runner up, Royal Intrigue, last time and attempted a close along the inside at nine furlongs; he did run well at a marathon distance in the Canadian Derby on dirt last summer and now travels a mile and a half on turf here; Campbell takes over.
GALILEO’S SPEAR got a steady diet of giving turf when he competed in France; he had a good race when introduced to the North American audience at Keeneland in April but on a firm turf here last time, he backed away after a pace battle with two others; he has since had a work on the training turf for Roger Attfield and Lermyte was aboard then and he gets the call now.
SEEKING ALBERT stayed on last time even though he wasn’t a threat; that was his local introduction after a third place finish on the turf at Lone Star in his previous event; he now goes to the local grass course.
GUITAR GEORGE has already run a mile and a half on the turf with a good result and was narrowly beaten doing that last year; in his second start of the year, he was tenacious to defeat a couple of win shy competitors and he galloped out well; in this third start of his campaign; he is sent a mile and a half with a switch to the grass for Robert Tiller.
DYNAMITE KID competed last time in a race on Tapeta that was set up for closing types and his rally was insufficient and he landed second against another good closer; he faces much tougher with the move to grass.
12 THANK PHIL
3 AWESOME AT LAST
CANADIAN RANGER stayed on well last time for $9,500 but at just five furlongs and he hung on the edges in fourth beaten just a long length and Silken Thomas was better in third; he draws
the rail post here for a stable with some momentum.
HOUDINI a debut runner for Mike Mattine, is from the same dam who produced the stakes winner, Conquest Typhoon; he debuts here for $8,000 at six furlongs and has been prepping since back in April getting ready; Lermyte has been picked for the mount.
AWESOME AT LAST was getting his second start of the meeting June 9th and it was a good offering; he ran by the eventual winner on the turn but the first place finisher who was taking a big edge, got by him in the lane; he settled for second in a good offering.
ONE POUND STERLING was certainly doing well in his seasonal bow when he was fourth beaten just a couple of lengths at six furlongs; his letdown performance in his most recent start came with a drop in value and he takes another tumble in price here.
SCARLET FORESTER was an aggressive part of the pace two starts ago and when the winner was demoted, he was awarded second spot; most recently, he got going too quickly on the front end and weakened for $8,000.
R BOOTS HALL is getting his first start of the year and did have some in the money finishes last year; he has been training here for some time for Gerald Seymour getting set.
CARELESS WORLD took the big drop for $16,000 last time and was within range but finally finished fifth of ten against a winner who has already come back to be second; he did have Lookwhoscryinnow one position behind him; he halves in value for this event to go for $8,000.
LOOKWHOSCRYINNOW had a useful debut and second time out dropped in value; he stalked on the outside with hopes of closing through the stretch but he stalled in sixth just behind the fifth place finisher, Careless World and both runners topple down in value today.
FRESCOBALDI sat behind runners last time stalking but couldn’t make a significant gain in the stretch at five furlongs; he travels farther this evening.
HESASHREWDDUDE went from an opening sprint to a turf route last time where he couldn’t generate much velocity; he puts the blinkers on and drops sharply after that out of the money finish on the grass.
SILKEN THOMAS ran his usual close up race with a rally last time in a five furlong event; he stretched to six furlongs two starts ago and also landed on the edges; he must stretch out here.
THANK PHIL met some tough opponents in his opening race this season when fifth beaten about eight lengths; second time out, he went to a route looking to use his strong build to his advantage but he lost his leg speed in the final furlong and a half; he cuts back to a sprint and tumbles in value for $7,500 following time off.
REDEPLOY has run well in both races; he last competed June 3rd for $16,000 on a drop and had attending speed then made his move at the top of the stretch and came away with third prize with lasix added; that race gives him some standing here with today’s drop for $8,000; Husbands takes over.