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.
6 BAD NANA - BEST BET
5 BOURBON BABE
3 FRIENDSHIP RING
4 FLASHY KNICKERS
SUMMER IS HEAVEN debuted July 1st and endured a rough trip on the turn and was no factor; perhaps in this shorter field at this reduced distance, she will be able to develop some velocity.
SUBSTANCE has not been a factor in either of her three career races; she was at a low level in December of 2016 at Gulfstream without producing and has had one subsequent start at Tampa when well back; she just recently returned here.
FRIENDSHIP RING was getting her second start June 11th and attended the pace but had a disappointing finish in eighth; the drop for $20,000 should help and she gets to shorten in distance.
FLASHY KNICKERS debuted on Queen’s Plate day and contributed to the early pace in a six furlong race then finished last; with this comeback, she gets to drop down and shorten in distance.
BOURBON BABE was getting her second start of the campaign June 14th and she was ambitious early to tackle the eventual winner in a speed duel but she gradually faded and finished fourth; the runner just in front of her, Raspberry Wild, has come back to win for $20,000 and she drops to that level now and shortens to five furlongs.
BAD NANA is a likely one to contend here; she was out of the money on turf two starts ago then dropped to go to Tapeta last time for $20,000 and she pursued throughout and finished second; a repeat of that race at today’s shorter venue should make her a contender.
6 COURT SAVVY
5 NIGHT WATCHMAN
DEEP FREEZE captured his fourth victory June 11th but his first score on turf and it came for just $20,000; he used an aggressive stalking style; he goes up in value and must travel a bit farther.
LAPOCHKA proved to be a difficult one to ride last time when he was getting his first start of the meeting and he closed belatedly in the same race as some of the others here; with the rail far out this week, he will need a good trip.
FOREST BROTHER was in a key race last time and drew in from the also eligible list and then closed belatedly with some style on the outside; he must go from a six furlong race to a route.
SYNTHESIZE acted up at the gate in his previous event and gave away a glorious chance to win and settled for second; most recently, he was looking for better positioning when a slow pace developed but he couldn’t take advantage; he does like the turf and now moves to the lawn.
NIGHT WATCHMAN was doing quite well at the top of the stretch June 25th at nine furlongs on turf but he faded at the most crucial time; that was just his second race ever on turf and he looks to progress here.
COURT SAVVY ran off with the early lead in an easier spot last time and kept going under Garcia for Ralph Biamonte and that was his second consecutive win on the grass; he must now stretch back out and face multiple winners; the runner up from that last race has since won only to be demoted.
MARTINI KID galloped along between runners last time when facing some of these then continued outside without threatening in fourth beaten just three lengths.
AULT has put a premium on a speed approach since switching to the stable of Pat Parente; he has gained a couple of minor prizes and Synthesize has been better in second each time; he now goes to the grass and is quite familiar with the lawn.
1 YORK RANGER
4 BEAR SKINNED
YORK RANGER is progressing in form and this will be his fourth try of the campaign; he was a charging third on the outside in his last start and the fifth place finisher has come back to win; he must start from the difficult rail post at this shorter venue.
YOU KNOW JACK was given very little chance in his previous event as he was overmatched on turf; most recently, he was in an equally difficult spot at long odds where he was also dismissed and finished far behind; he now gets in with more his own kind.
BETTIN’ ACES competed on a Wednesday evening July 5th and made an outside move on the turn but couldn’t sustain his bid as the distinct favourite; he goes up in value.
BEAR SKINNED was used up looping runners from the outside June 9th when facing considerably tougher than he encounters here and he slipped back to fourth; the top three have all come back with big efforts; he runs now for just $20,000 and stretches to six and a half furlongs; Campbell takes over.
VIRGA made a premature move June 21st at a distance too taxing for him and he landed an ok fourth just behind York Ranger; when he travelled this exact distance two starts ago, he easily beat non winners of two and should appreciate the shorter venue.
NORRIS LAKE won despite checking in his seasonal bow continuing the successful run on the Ron Sadler horses; in his second start, he barged between runners too late and finished a stout second behind a speed rival; he is up in value for this event.
TITANICO attracted a claim from a winning race May 27th when plunged in value; for new interests last time, he was out of the money on turf and now he settles in for his claimed price and moves back to Tapeta.
LOOKINGFORANEWHOME made a very good move while three wide from the second flight at the top of the stretch last time as if he would have something to say but he stopped running; he had been a distant second two starts ago at this distance; he is seeking a breakthrough win.
11 LOOKIN PERFECT
6 REDWIN ROMP
3 KATRINA’S WAY
DONNAS SWEET HEART dropped down last time and was behind on the outside initially and finally only three and a half lengths back at the finish; she had a good race on turf just three starts ago and that race gives her some standing here.
BOOTS ARE MADE FOR was ridden close to the pace last time and made a bid at the top of the stretch on turf then hung and Lookin Perfect was much better in second.
KATRINA’S WAY was in a difficult race last time when she failed an experiment at a route and was finally sixth; the runner directly in front of her, Flamenco Dancer, has come back to win and the runner directly behind her, Alice’s War, has also come back to win; given her pedigree, she is anxious to have a chance on turf and to use her speed with this cutback in distance.
BOGGIE saw her form deteriorate late last season; she has tried the turf only once and it was arguably one of her better career races and she looks forward to getting onto the turf for Darren Glennon in this return.
FLASHINTHEPANTS had the elements against her last time trying to run from behind and on the outside and she was finally sixth beaten seven lengths when, Looking Perfect, was second.
REDWIN ROMP is a contender; she was simply too good for a group sprinting on Tapeta last time and she held off the runner up, Bad Nana, who was entered in the opener today; two starts ago on turf, she faded very late but showed an appreciation for the surface.
SANITY discovered turf May 22nd and was overly enthusiastic to get in a futile pace battle which she won but she finally lost the race; most recently when she went to Tapeta, she used patience as an asset and won from just off the pace; that type of approach on turf would be quite useful.
VIVA FOREVER was on turf and not far away when claimed two starts ago; she was in such a tough race last time because of the dominance of the winner; she now gets back down to her claimed evaluation and over to turf.
DANCIN STREET is getting her first start since last September when she was beaten only seven lengths on turf at a high level; she had run second on grass last year about this time; trainer Phil Gracey has done well with horses off the shelf at the meeting.
HOCKEY HAIR had a tough race May 28th when winning narrowly and perhaps the negative effects were felt last time when her form slipped; she now moves over to turf for the initial time.
LOOKIN PERFECT needs a scratch to draw in but her form recommends her as a strong pace factor; she was a winner on turf two outings ago and was runner up on the grass last time.
BEEZIE was fanned wide on the turn on grass last time and didn’t threaten.
MISS MEW was able to win big at Fort Erie taking over on the turn last time; she will be discovering grass here.
9 SWEET RHAPSODY
8 MY ROSEBUD
4 DANCE ON STAGE
5 GET SAUCY
BEAUTY PHIL attended the pace from just off the lead June 24th but then weakened in the home lane; once again, Bridgmohan has the mount; she must come from the difficult rail post.
LUCKY EMERALD moved up to this level June 24th and was fussy pre break and once underway, did not have her usual position of prominence and couldn’t get into the fight.
CRY HAVOC has not been a factor in her three races this season and takes the blinkers off after two failed races with them on.
DANCE ON STAGE moved late on the outside last time to be a close second in her first start since last summer; when the winner was judged guilty of interference, she was handed top prize through no merit of her own.
GET SAUCY attracted a claim May 12th for just $8,000 and showed stark improvement first time off the claim for Scott Fairlie with lasix added; she was mired early inside but was given a perfect ride by Rainford to get to the outside and win it with a rally; she is up in value.
BREWS TOONIE TOSS had more focus last time and a better result when one position behind the runner up, Sweet Rhapsody; she started over along the inside and was able to garner third money.
LAKE MARION came off the shelf July 7th and had a good race; she fell back inside then made a move outside and was trying thoroughly through the lane.
MY ROSEBUD was beaten a long way on turf last time but two outings ago on Tapeta for twice this price, she was only four lengths behind and she rates attention today with the drop and
the switch in surfaces; she now goes for Bill Tharrenos.
SWEET RHAPSODY looks to be a short priced favourite in this race; she was in against a winner who was much the best last time but that one only managed to salvage the win desperately late when this one gave up the advantage at the end.
MISS BAO TO U had a change in fortune June 18th when she changed her running style with a drop in value and she romped; Moreno takes over here from the outside.
8 BILOXI BAY
7 THE DOCTOR
1 MICK THE CONQUEROR
MICK THE CONQUEROR is a solid stayer whether he competes on turf or Tapeta; this will be his third race of the campaign and he has been the runner up in both of his races this season; he now departs a longer race on turf to get back to Tapeta.
CANMORE was showing some potential last autumn; the speed approach he used in a sprint to begin this campaign, was unproductive; he has had almost six weeks leading up to this second start of the year which comes at a route.
CROSS BORDER could not corner well enough coming into the stretch on turf June 14th and then slipped back late; most recently, he couldn’t get his bearings at the top of the stretch and lost some momentum there; he should welcome the drop for $40,000 and Boulanger moves in.
LEONARD’S BAY has been out of the money on turf in his last two races but at times, he has posted good Tapeta preps and now he gets his first chance ever to run long on Tapeta.
FULLTHROTTLE KID trained quickly heading into his seasonal bow and understandably was spent on the pace and had little left for the stretch drive; he does have two turn potential.
LILLZ NOT CRYING was tentative early last time and was shuffled back out of contention; he tried to supply late power in a work July 10th in 1.02.3.
THE DOCTOR has had many chances and comes off consecutive good runner up finishes where he had stretch power and he should be a contender once again.
BILOXI BAY is a possible wake up runner; he departs consecutive out of the money finishes on turf including his local introduction here June 11th where he was overmatched in a maiden special event; he now goes long for $40,000 for Mark Casse and switches to Tapeta.
HE’S A BREEZE had such a prominent run in his seasonal bow when second best and staying on; most recently, hedid not have as good a result when favoured and The Doctor was better in second; Simon Husbands takes over for Hopefield Farm.
12 CHIC THRILL
10 STREET CASH
4 GLIDING BY
11 GENEROUS TOUCH
CONQUEST CITY GIRL is seeking her initial win on turf; she had middle speed in this category last time but gave up positions late on Tapeta and Gliding By was better in second; she now switches footings.
CHIRINGUITA seemed to love the turf course at Gulfstream this winter but had a drop off in production on the grass at Keeneland in the spring and did not produce a good race here on Tapeta recently in a race taken off the turf; she gets Campbell for this move to the grass.
REIMBURSE had every chance to win last time when dispersed for $32,000 but she hung; she now competes for Bruno Schickedanz and now goes for Martin Drexler.
GLIDING BY has lacked a good closing grip the past while and has let victories slip out of her grasp; she had every chance last time and was reaching up for the lead when the winner went by; she is a two time winner on turf and this will be her first time on the grass at this current meeting.
SPARKLE’S GIRL handled the turf relatively well last summer in stakes company; she had a good recent race when she stayed thoroughly to be second on Tapeta.
SILENT TREAT has been unable to carry her speed effectively on turf like she did earlier when she was a stakes star; she was in for $32,000 to begin this campaign when
she slipped back in the stretch.
INDUSTRIAL POLICY quite likes the turf but generally at longer distances; she is just now getting going in this first run since last September; she did previously run in some big events here with good fringe tries for Mark Casse.
D’ORO PARADISE will be trying to benefit from a fast work on turf recently for Roger Attfield; this will be her first start since the spring and Bahen has been enlisted; she seeks her initial win on the grass although she has been competitive on turf.
RESERVED was hoping for turf last time but the event went on Tapeta and she finished on the edges in fourth when Sparkles’ Girl was second; she is a two time winner on turf in her career and one of those victories came here.
STREET CASH looked dominant on the turf here last November for Stronach Stables and Dan Vella and she drew off; she made just a single subsequent start and that came at Gulfstream where she was not a factor as the favourite; she now comes off the shelf and has had a series of positive preps since the beginning of June.
GENEROUS TOUCH had her seasonal bow May 14th and was below her best in the Ballade; most recently in the Zadracarta, she chased the favourite, Southern Ring, and both retreated out
of the money; she has competed in seven consecutive stakes events winning three of those but now she comes up tagged.
CHIC THRILL has unknown status currently; her seasonal bow which came after forty nine weeks away, was a faltering disappointment at long odds on Tapeta; she is undefeated on this turf course in three tries and perhaps the freshening and the relocation to turf will be the answer.
SILVER SIDNEY had every chance to win on turf for the second time in a row June 21st at even money but she hung on the edges; she had scored a colossal upset in her previous event in a first allowance race on turf at seven furlongs under perfect handling by Slade Callaghan for Warren Wilcox.
3 PINK LLOYD
2 WE DEER YOU
6 TALE OF THE NILE
RIKER was in full flight to win here April 29th after a brief winter campaign; when he tried to double up in the Eclipse Stakes at a route May 20th, he was reeled in late by some of the best older horses on the circuit; he has been freshened and cuts back to a sprint here at seven furlongs; he worked in late June in 1.00 out in 1.12 getting ready for Team Valor International and Tucci Stables.
WE DEER YOU a big robust individual, came here to compete May 27th in a first allowance event on Tapeta and was discovering that footing under race terms and got brave in the lane when room was available to score late; he went to New York to try turf last time where he again had a significant rally to make it three wins in five career starts; Boulanger gets the call here for Michael Trombetta.
PINK LLOYD has been perfect this season for Entourage Stable and trainer Robert Tiller; he had an adventuresome outing in the restricted Achievement; he reacted to another in the gate and broke through his stall and ran off; once reloaded, he ran up on the pace and prevailed in that event; with so many stout closersin this event, he has a chance to be relatively close to the pace.
GREAT WIDE OPEN was originally in Ireland and in his second North American start April 29th at Belmont in an added money race, he ran well on the edges at 36-1 against Disco Partner who most recently captured the Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont; he was here for the Connaught where he provided good middle speed before fading; he had exposure to synthetic surfaces prior to relocating;
he now adds lasix; he competes for M and J Thoroughbreds and Riverside Bloodstock.
WESTERN ELEGANCE provided a good late rally in an allowance event at Arlington to open his season June 17th and that event was loaded with deep closing types; he was here for the Bold Venture Stakes last year where he finished fourth at long odds; he comes in for trainer Liane Davis for Double D Stables
TALE OF THE NILE comes in for Live Oak Plantation and trainer Michael Trombetta and they also have We Deer You in the race; he was a four lengths winner on the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle to begin this campaign and he did it with great off the style splitting rivals in the stretch; Willie Martinez who has a positive local history, has the mount.
5 FINE GRIT
MC DREAMY debuted July 5th and broke behind then showed a touch of interest in the stretch but didn’t threaten; he goes from a sprint to a route here.
STARINTHEMAKING had a route at Keeneland in April that had some merit; he was right up on the pace before fading in the stretch; he has sprinted at this meeting twice and used blinkers when dropped for $25,000 last time and he was in contention until late; the winner has come back with
a booming victory and the sixth place finisher has since dropped to win; he drops two levels and stretches out.
CATAMOUNT had a good enough sprint race to begin this meeting then was competitive at a route in his next start; he didn’t do as well last time when sixth beaten nine lengths by a dominant winner and the runner up, The Doctor, was in race six today and could provide a reference; he is dropping for $16,000.
MILWAUKEE SAINT checked early in his previous event then went to turf last time where he backed away against a dominant winner who was taking an edge.
FINE GRIT is worth considering; he was getting his third
start of the meeting June 30th and he ran well at a price lower than this; he made a premature move at a front runner who was stopping and he was left with the advantage which he couldn’t protect very late and he finished second.
WIARTON had one race last season without threatening; he failed on turf in his only start this year; for this second start of the meet, he drops sharply and adds lasix and goes to Tapeta.
ABOVE ALL ODDS pressed the pace on turf two starts ago but did not stay in contention and has since lost by a wide margin at Fort Erie.
TINKER RING had an ok opener; he was campaigning at just six furlongs but he stayed on ok against a top pair that was well removed; he now gets to stretch out.
JUAN STORMY NIGHT was in a difficult race on turf last time and after opening up a three and a half length lead, he faltered; both the sixth and seventh place finishers came back to run well here on Wednesday.
12 HURRICANE BEAR
2 TIDAL DANCER
11 MAJOR ECLIPSE
6 ZAP CAT
THE OTHER BREEZE was given a good chance to do well on turf in his debut and rallied to be second in that event; he was heavily bet next time out where he ran on belatedly when switched over to Tapeta; he is on turf here.
TIDAL DANCER was good enough to run second in the Cup & Saucer last October behind eventual Queen’s Plate runner up, Tiz A Slam; in that event, he was delayed behind runners on the turn and then advanced from seventh to be second; this will be his first start since a fourth place finish in the Coronation last November; he worked on turf July 5th in 1.02.1 for Sam-Son Farm; Husbands takes over for Malcolm Pierce.
STOP THE PARADE had a late running effort on Tapeta two starts ago but wasn’t as good against a key winner last time; his dam has produced a couple of turf winners and he now goes to the lawn; he now competes as a gelding.
AMI’S EXCHANGE is a well related individual with potential; he made mistakes in his June 4th seasonal bow; he broke behind and then was wide off the turf and laid in through the stretch; Boulanger will take over here in this second start of the year which comes going long on turf.
CONQUEST ELIMINATR has had a couple of Tapeta sprints and has finished a non threatening third both times; he does have one turf winning sibling and will now go long on the grass with Lermyte aboard.
ZAP CAT has been on the turf a number of times and when he went to the grass here June 18th on a yielding course, he stayed closer to the pace against a faltering leader and then was passed by a rallying winner and responded to that one in second; he rates some attention.
WILLY’S CASTLE had a tough time of it in a June 21st race when dropped for $40,000 as he got behind traffic and then had to start over and finished third and in the runner up spot was, The Doctor, who was entered in race six; he now goes to turf for new interests.
RINGO CLASSIC had an inside approach on the backstretch last time against difficult company and faded late; he is familiar with the turf.
COLEYVILLE is a late runner with potential who has been plagued by gate problems; he did work from the gate July 1st in 48.2bg going out well in 1.01.2; he is bred for the turf and he has worked on the grass in the interim.
MATTHEW’S RIDGE a debut runner for Beclawat Stable, is by a Grade 1 winner on turf and from a dam who did produce, River Rush, who did win the Plate Trial; he has been to the turf
for works including a move July 9th in 1.13 for Mike De Paulo; he debuts here with Moran.
MAJOR ECLIPSE has been on turf in all three races but his latest was better as he got into a galloping cadence against slow fractions and was finally third beaten a length and a half; he will be cutting back in distance with a chance to be more thorough and has had a quick interim work on the turf for Roger Attfield.
HURRICANE BEAR woke up as expected when moved to the turf June 11th and was third at long odds beaten less than a length; his big adjustment here is going from a sprint to a route in this third career start.
NURMI a beautifully bred son of Awesome Again, found six furlongs too short for his liking July 1st; there was some difficulty at the start and he closed belatedly and now goes farther.
GRAND POOBAH attracted a claim for just $16,000 last time when a disappointing fourth and will now go to turf.