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.
7 LADY ST CLEMENTS - BEST BET
6 MAUNA KEA
2 LOST IN THE CLOUDS
TEATOE like Lost In The Cloud, competed last weekend at a route in the same race and finished just on the edges; she will be cutting back to a seven furlong event here in search of her initial win of the season.
LOST IN THE CLOUD competed last Saturday as the even money favourite when going from a sprint to a route and coming off the shelf and she reached contention but was lapped in the stretch and retreated to fourth; she should appreciate the cutback in distance for one of the hottest stables in the past couple of weeks.
LIGHT MY PATH is getting her third race of the meeting and switching to Wilson for this drop in value; she was fifth against a key winner last time and the runner up has come back to win and the fourth place finisher, Mauna Kea, is also here.
ALLWEHAVEISNOW takes the enormous drop here for Darwin Banach and gets off the lasix program; in addition, the blinkers are off and Campbell will ride; she lost in double digits on the turf last time but has had interim prepping on Tapeta.
GEOCENTRIC will be putting the blinkers on here to sharpen her speed; she ran to the lead when a soft pace developed last time but she had no resistance.
MAUNA KEA was at Fort Erie May 30th to win a race; when she returned June 30th as one of the contenders, she ran only fourth and the runner up has come back to win; a move is made to Boulanger by Denyse McClachrie.
LADY ST CLEMENTS was out of the money on turf last time in a protected race against key company and the second, third and fourth place finishers have all come back with appropriate performances; she drops to the price of her last winning race on Tapeta back in May.
2 DIXIE WHISTLER
7 RED FEVER
4 STREET TAIL
CARTERS GAP possesses big early speed most times and has a good winning history; he was at Fort Erie in slop last time in a race that came off the turf and he faded out of the money at 6-5; he is a five time winner on the grass.
DIXIE WHISTLER was able to win for $19,000 on turf two starts ago; he survived the late rush of the second place finisher; most recently in a much tougher race, he drew in from the also eligible list and was late starting; he will need to be on guard here with the rail out and with speed types being preferred.
BELIVEAU came off the shelf June 9th into a difficult spot where he was a rank outsider and he offered early speed; he does like the turf and now gets to run considerably
cheaper with a chance to improve in this second start on the comeback trail; the top three from that last race have all come back with good races.
STREET TAIL was squeezed on the fence two starts ago; most recently, he had an easier trip against only four opponents at Fort Erie and he shared top prize with
Chief Chato; he now gets back to turf.
HAWKS GOT FIRE has been at Fort Erie for both of his races this season including a win last time out June 20th when Ryan had him clear at the end against non winners of three
SOROKOLITIS was on turf here June 16th and from a position inside, he faltered out of the money; he comes into a claiming event here.
RED FEVER will have support in this race because of his last good encounter when he was third beaten three lengths for $30,000 and both the second and seventh place finishers
have come back to win; he stays on turf and Garcia substitutes for Hernandez for just $20,000; he seeks his initial win on this particular turf.
5 YOU CANT CATCH HER
2 GIZMO’S DESTINY
BEAUFILS debuted June 10th and lacked any speed but showed some run to finish second beaten about five lengths and the fifth place finisher, Mo Big Cat, has come back to win; he is hoping for the same type of progress in this second start for Nick Gonzalez.
GIZMO’S DESTINY a debut runner, is a homebred for Rolph A. Davis and Robert Tiller, by Giant Gizmo and from the same dam who has produced a couple of useful juvenile winners locally; he worked five furlongs with Ryan up July 9th in 1.02 getting ready.
RELATIVITY a homebred for Gabe Grossberg by the popular, Lonhro, is from a dam who has produced several winners including the recent runner, Synthesize; Husbands has been aboard in the morning and gets the call here for Mark Casse with lasix and blinkers.
MEGALOPSYCHIA bore out early last time and was not a factor; she starts for the second time here and has blinkers added today.
YOU CANT CATCH HER a homebred for Murray Stroud, goes for Sam Di Pasquale; she is by the Grade 1 winner as a juvenile, Majestic Warrior, and is from a dam who has produced three juvenile winners; Moreno has been aboard in the morning and has the mount.
SUMMER SUNDAY a debut runner, is from a dam who was a stakes winning juvenile and she produced Trini Brewnette who won twice as a two year old; she comes from the widest post for Stuart Simon and Campbell will be aboard; she has switched between Tapeta and the training track for her workout schedule.
6 DRINK IN MY HAND
5 SWEET LITTLE MAN
3 BIG YUM
BEYOND SMART had a June 16th seasonal bow and for his new conditioner, he made a move to the lead as if he would win on turf in a starter event but he was passed by a couple of late runners; he comes onto the open market for $30,000 here seeking to end a winless streak.
ATYPICAL charged hard from the outside in his previous event for $19,000 and missed narrowly against Dixie Whistler who was in race two; most recently, he was again on turf and never did get to the outside; he closed in a starter event as the favourite and he was able to weave his way between rivals from last to be second narrowly beaten; that style has not been rewarded in the immediate past because of the firmness of the turf and the outer position of the rail.
BIG YUM streaked away from his opponents in a couple of big wins on turf last year; he was on turf at a mile recently and chased the pace of, Don Camillo, who finished out of the money and he was also finally unplaced; he is dropping down hoping to recover his form.
SPANISH RIVER was on turf two starts ago for $30,000 and pressed the pace then lost positions against Dan The Tin Man; he had a good sprint on Tapeta on Queen’s Plate day when about two lengths behind the runner up, Speedy Fox.
SWEET LITTLE MAN went the longest time without winning but last year, was able to recover positive form and he won a couple of grass races; this will be his first start of the year and he nestles in for $32,000 in hopes of recapturing some of last year’s momentum.
DRINK IN MY HAND has been committed to Tapeta in both races this season; he won easily for $20,000 at even money in his previous event; most recently, he got to the outside but lacked a real thrust in a starter event that came off the grass; he handles the turf well enough and looks forward to getting onto the grass here.
SPEEDY FOX had speed on turf two starts ago but gave it up late when Dan The Tin Man was the winner; most recently on Tapeta, he enjoyed the slow nature of the early pace and stayed on to be second on Queen’s Plate day.
DAN THE TIN MAN had such a peak performance on turf two starts ago when he made all of the running; he didn’t come close to repeating that performance when he moved to Tapeta last time and he lost in double digits; he enters for turf here with a switch to Wilson.
BEAR’S PROFIT won big in a starter event two starts ago for Denyse McClachrie; a race on turf last time saw him finish far behind; he enters for turf again but at a lower level and a switches to Moran.
1 THIRD REPUBLIC
4 GET MY GIST
8 SILENT RING
THIRD REPUBLIC goes for a stable with good results second time out with juveniles; this one had a twenty one length loss in his opener when he broke slowly and was bothered in a chain reaction; for this second start, he resurfaces as a gelding and Husbands gives him a vote of confidence.
BENT CROWBAR competes for Jecara Farms who last weekend were represented by the juvenile winner, Eskiminzin; this one had a useful opener with a run on stride and can improve here.
BARBICAN ROAD was eliminated in his opener; second time out, he took an easier path down for $25,000 but he was last to begin and that awkward start cost him and then he closed too late.
GET MY GIST debuted against a key winner May 28th and finished an ok fourth; he was in against a key winner on a yielding turf last time and did not respond at all; he now gets
to drop in for $25,000 and gets back to Tapeta which should help his cause.
NOREGRETSFORNOW was in the same most recent race as some of these and was running on late and was third beaten just two lengths; there is some more room in this second start.
DONTDROPURCROP debuted last week and was eighth beaten six lengths against Ontario sire runners and a late running winner beat the favourite; for this second start, blinkers are added and she drops sharply for $25,000.
ARRIUS a debut runner for Dave Cotey, is from a dam who has produced three turf winners but this one will debut at five furlongs on Tapeta with Singh aboard; he has had a steady series of works at a half mile.
SILENT RING a debut runner, was an inexpensive auction purchase but could be considered on pedigree alone as he is from the same dam as the outstanding, Pender Harbour; he has worked at shorter distances getting ready for the hot stable of Bill Tharrenos and Moreno will be aboard.
EPILOGUE a debut runner, has a couple of full siblings who have done well locally, Optimism and Another Bid; he debuts for Analisa Delmas who won recently with a debut winner; he must come from the outside with Slade Callaghan.
3 OCCASIONAL VIEW
2 BET ON MIKE
BADJEROS BOY had a couple of nice wins on turf last season but began this season below his best and that was the case in his second start of the campaign also when he finished sixth while Occasional View was second.
BET ON MIKE has never before tried the turf but worked on the grass July 9th in 46.2 in company; he does possess good turn speed in his Tapeta races and is hopeful of transferring that energy over to the lawn; with Hernandez out, Campbell returns after a one race absence.
OCCASIONAL VIEW ran a near perfect race last time on the turf with a move to the lead in the stretch but a much improved winner ran right by him and that one has already come back with a solid second place finish and the fourth place finisher has come back to win; he is looking to run his best race once again.
WHERE’S THE WIDGET has lacked resistance in both races this season; he has had no difficulty getting to the lead in routes but on turf last time, he backed away; he is shortening all the way to seven furlongs over a surface quite helpful to speed types currently; Garcia takes over.
GOODOLDHOCKEYGAME was not far away on the turf last time when Occasional View was second and that was a nice performance; he is stretching out to seven furlongs here for this third consecutive try on the grass.
SEFFEARA was in an ultimate key race last time and finished sixth beaten only seven lengths; the top three have all come back with good races in stakes company; he comes in here with a claiming evaluation looking for a breakthrough win; he did win on the turf sprinting last October; Husbands moves in here in this more likely spot.
DIMENSION is fondly remembered as an upset artist; while his current form has suffered, especially from slow beginnings at the gate, he does have some significant wins to his credit and at long odds; Moran once again has the mount for Conor Murphy.
5 REBEL WITHA CHANCE
8 TURBO DRIVEN DIVA
4 MOZAMBIQUE GOLD
SWEET CRIMSON is getting her first start since a couple of out of the money finishes in the spring time; the stable has produced some momentum lately and perhaps she will be better for the freshening; the blinkers are off.
LEMON ZIP performed well enough on Tapeta last time; she finished smartly and galloped out well as a longshot in a first allowance event on Tapeta; the only time she tried turf, she was on the edges; she must stretch to a route.
DADDY’S GREAT BAY is a good galloping type who has been on the edges in recent events; she was rated off a slow pace last time and finished a couple of spots behind the runner up, Rebel Witha Chance.
MOZAMBIQUE GOLD is getting her first start of the year for Lorne Richards; she had such a peak performance last August in a seven furlong race on the grass when second earning a high rating; she worked June 24th in 59.3 with some turn speed getting ready for this first start of the year which comes with Garcia aboard.
REBEL WITHA CHANCE is without a win after three starts this season but has two in the money finishes; she was on turf at nine furlongs last time and chased the pace and then finished a distant second against the front runner; she remains on turf at a half furlong shorter.
SUBZERO PLUS is getting some new challenges here; she will be on turf for the initial time and she will be in a long distance race for the first time; she faltered in a six and a half furlong race on Tapeta last time but has since had a fast work on the turf in company with Bet On Mike, who was entered in race six.
TANCOOK is certainly one to consider; she had an improved second place finish on turf at this distance last time; she seemed to get shuffled back and was out rallied by the winner but she stayed quite well; she fits with these.
TURBO DRIVEN DIVA a three year old, had a successful seasonal bow June 10th at seven furlongs on turf; it was a typically productive Contreras ride that saw her ready to go at any time and then she quickened away; she faces a tougher test here but does get more room and is working with plenty
1 JUST BE KIND
4 SUPERDUPER SKY
7 MY ARCH ENEMY
2 CONQUEST VIVI
JUST BE KIND has new and improved status after her race against older rivals June 30th at this distance; she was up on a soft pace and stayed on willingly when the late fractions quickened to run third; she was a stakes winner early in her juvenile campaign last season and may be coming back to hand.
CONQUEST VIVI had some strong speed runs as a juvenile; she was in the Lady Angela Stakes in the spring time where she was allowed to fall back out of contention with hopes of a rally but she finally finished third beaten two lengths; with the blinkers on here, she should have more concentration; she worked July 5th in 1.01.2 for Mark Casse.
FORTY’S SWEETHEART rated kindly in her June 16th seasonal bow for Richard Morden and then moved well in the stretch to be third beaten two lengths when Boathouse View was second.
SUPERDUPER SKY is one of three for Mark Casse in the race along with the quick, Conquest Vivi and My Arch Enemy; she was in the Selene Stakes where she was beaten only three lengths; most recently in the Alywow, the speed got away from her but she rallied in sixth beaten only three lengths and the fourth place finisher, Silent Sonet, has come back to win; she worked recently in an easy 1.03 in company with My Arch Enemy.
BOATHOUSE VIEW has been in the money in three consecutive events; she was second last time after some tentative moments inside through the stretch but once she relocated to the outside, she put in a second run and was second beaten a length; she had a quick work July 6th in
1.00.1 out in 1.14.3.
TULSA QUEEN is now a two time winner and she scored a restricted stakes victory last September at home at Presque Isle at six furlongs with a late rush; she also had a late run to win June 6th in her second start of the current Presque Isle meeting for Ryan Walsh; Mario Pino is here for the mount.
MY ARCH ENEMY is in winning form; she went long June 2nd and was allowed to gallop on the lead at 2-5 and she opened easily and responded genuinely; she now will cut back to seven furlongs for Mark Casse and she will have the widest post.
7 SUPER COLEROSA
3 MARTEN LAKE
AZIMUT is a very quick individual who since coming home from Florida, has not been able to continue on in contention in three local races; he was shifted to the turf last time and he stayed better in what was a quickly run race with a fast finish; he gets back to Tapeta here.
REGAL MARK has had just a single race this season and was seventh beaten six lengths without threatening; he should move forward off that opening race.
MARTEN LAKE has faced tough opponents in a series of races without threatening this season; he now drops for $40,000 in hopes on continuing more thoroughly; he was in action on Queen’s Plate day with good early positioning but he slipped back against a winner who ran quickly.
CONSTANTINO was dull May 28th in his first start following a claim by Norm McKnight and he lost his leg speed in the stretch after a change in style to be up on the pace; he has a well known off the pace technique; he seeks his first win since the spring of 2016.
CREEPING BARRAGE is getting his first start of the year and he had limited campaigning last year and was not effective; Ramsammy has the mount for Ricky Singh.
COLLEEN’S SAILOR has had two uncharacteristically poor performances in back to back races fading out of the money; he had his typical good speed last time but couldn’t finish; Garcia takes over with this plunge for $40,000.
SUPER COLEROSA is without a win after two starts this season, yet, managed only a single win last year and it came in his final start of the campaign; he often runs close up and is thorough and should appreciate the class drop here for Mike De Paulo.
10 TIGER PAW
6 ARTHUR’S PASS
9 PLEASANT EMPIRE
4 BIG GILLETTE
4 DAMASCUS ROAD
NO RISK NO REWARD backed out of contention early last time on turf and didn’t threaten after that; two starts ago also on turf, he was an aggressive part of the pace then faltered.
SEIZE THE BAY has run twice on Tapeta to begin this campaign at lower levels than this with a close up finish in his first try of the meeting and then a win last time; he is now moving to turf.
THAT’S A STRETCH did not have his projected late kick in the stretch last time but instead hung finishing fifth beaten about six lengths; he was also on the edges in his previous event on turf when Arthur’s Pass was better in second.
DAMASCUS ROAD was showing some potential on turf this winter in New Orleans; he attracted a claim here May 5th for $20,000 but for new interests last time, he rated in behind rivals and never did fire; perhaps he deserves another chance.
BIG GILLETTE attracted a claim for a low sum June 21st and was able to win for Denyse McClachrie first time for the stable and he handled the turf well marching to the inside of the eventual runner up and then repositioning outside to get the advantage; Boulanger takes over here.
ARTHUR’S PASS continued his winless streak June 18th; he had every chance to win but could not displace the front runner and did have Tiger Paw in behind him in fourth; he was on turf two starts ago where he closed belatedly in second.
LAST CLASS TO GO has had two runs since coming home from Florida and in his most recent start, he was going quite ok perhaps looking for more room and he gets it here with a chance to have an impact.
THUNDER POINT opted for the Dominion Day Stakes last time and was behind in double digits; he had
been competitive on the edges two starts ago when Arthur’s Pass was second.
PLEASANT EMPIRE was entered for earlier in the week but will entertain this option; he won for, Mark Casse, June 25th for $20,000 when claimed and he will remain on turf for his new conditioner, Ian Black, with this jump for $40,000; Wilson is brought in for new owner, Mehmet S. Tekbas.
TIGER PAW was competing on turf in Florida over the winter and attracted a claim for $16,000; his local introduction here was a belated close on Tapeta but now he gets over to turf.