Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Friday

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

The eight race programme commences at 4.00pm Canadian EDT.


PHIL’S GLORY was handcuffed by the slow nature of the pace in a recent sprint; she was cutting back in distance after a circling rally at a route when winning; she gets back to a route and now goes to turf seeking her initial share on the lawn.
MISS MANDATE was a two length winner on Tapeta June 25th when coming off the shelf after a Florida campaign and that was her third lifetime win and she competed for the claiming portion; she once again competes for $40,000 here and will travel nine furlongs on turf seeking her initial share on the grass.
ALICE’S WAR is a newcomer into this race which was originally scheduled for last Friday without her; she rates some consideration because she was beaten only four lengths in the Victoriana Stakes last time when she used waiting tactics behind runners then ducked to the inside for the stretch run on turf.
MAGIC SKYS came off the shelf July 14th in a race that should help move her forward and she was
sixth beaten only two and a half lengths when Princess Royal was second; she can move forward
in this race.
IRIS WILL is a newcomer to this field and will be stepping up considerably for an opportunity to go long on the turf.
PRINCESS ROYAL likes to compete with the lead and would seem to have a pace edge in this race; in her latest at a half furlong shorter than today’s event, she was in front until very late when displaced in the final strides; Contreras rides once again.
LOVIN SPOON PHIL almost won it last time at a half furlong shorter than this; she advanced four wide deep in the stretch reaching up but Princess Royal was a
bit better in second; she had to settle for fourth beaten a half length; the extra distance should work for her.
LITTLE CHRISTMAS was in the same most recent race with Princess Royal and pursued that one throughout and then laid in through the stretch and hung; she has a half furlong farther with which to work here.
NEW SENSATION was not with this field when it was originally presented last Friday but has joined as a Tapeta track only entrant and if this event happens to come off the turf, she can be a strong late contender.


CAT ZAPPER typically stays in sprint races but will stretch to a route on turf here; he was at six and a half furlongs on turf last time where he came from next to last with an outside rally to finish fourth when First Brother was third; he goes an extra quarter mile.
MONEY TALKS was at Fort Erie last time when third as the favourite in a race that came off turf; he did have a good race on grass here back in May when second and he handled the lawn well.
DIVINE DANCE has tried the turf infrequently and without success but has now won three in a row on Tapeta tracing back to last October; his seasonal bow on Tapeta, came in a starter event where he overcame a slow pace and he rallied precisely under good handling from Garcia who was aboard for his comeback work August 4th in 48.4.
BEAR’S PROFIT has been sprinting on turf in recent events with out of the money finishes but there were positive elements to his last race against a key winner when he was fourth beaten five lengths; he will now stretch out and Moran retains the mount.
FOREST BROTHER typically goes both in sprints and routes on turf; he shortened to go just six and a half furlongs on the grass last time when he closed too late and now he extends in distance.
PEYTON encountered a strong late pace when trying to rally July 22nd and he finished just on the edges in a low claiming evaluation and the winner has come back to score.
ATYPICAL had a better performance two starts ago in a starter race on turf when he rallied belatedly at seven furlongs than he did in a high claimer last time when he was much too late with his move; he now extends to a route on turf.
BEYOND SMART was forced to scratch July 5th; he got back in the game July 28th for $25,000 with blinkers added traveling a mile on the grass and he finished an ok fourth against a front running winner.
WAR FAN closed a gap at a mile on turf for just $15,000 two starts ago; most recently, he was on Tapeta when he hung on the edges.


CLOSE IMAGE fully committed to a speed style first time out and at five furlongs, hogged the early advantage then weakened and finished fourth beaten three lengths with Misguided Passion taking away the third prize from her; she now stretches to six and a half furlongs.
GIZMO’S DESTINY was last in the early going in her debut and that was fully expected as she has generally been without speed but she did finish a distant third behind Summer Sunday who came back to win the Nandi; she can go forward at the longer distance.
MISGUIDED PASSION has stayed on in both races at abbreviated distances and should appreciate today’s longer event; Contreras once again stays aboard.
SLIGO ONE a debut runner, is a homebred for, C. Scott Abbott Racing Stable going for Mike Doyle; she is by a sire that brings stamina and she should be able to stay on at six and a half furlongs.
LINE OF VISION a debut runner for, Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, goes for Andrew Smith; she is by
Court Vision and from the same dam who produced the two times stakes winner, Pyrite Mountain; she has had a series of works at five furlongs getting ready and has attracted Hernandez.
POST TO POST an auction purchase for Don MacRae, is by, Court Vision, and from a very useful producer; she has trained both on Tapeta and the training track getting ready; she did come to the main track July 30th for a gate work 1.00.3bg.
NO EXTENSIONS a debut runner, is a homebred for Charles Fipke, by his Queen’s Plate winner,
Not Bourbon and from a dam who was a three time stakes winner and two of those big scores came locally; she debuts here for Julia Carey and worked five furlongs recently in 1.02.1 getting ready.
FAIRY HILL a debut runner for Empress Stable, is a second representative here of Sligo Bay and this one is from a dam who was a stakes winning juvenile; Ramsammy has been aboard for a litany of morning works including a gate trial July 30th in 49.1bg getting ready to come from the outside.


RINGO CLASSIC was not with the original field last Friday but will enter here for his second consecutive try at a route; he was in against a vastly better group last time and a key winner took top prize and he was beaten only eight lengths; he takes a class drop.
LILLZ NOT CRYING got shuffled last time and then was at the back and finally finished seventh beaten about seven lengths; he is seeking his initial share.
COLEYVILLE had a wasted speed journey last time; he has indicated plenty of off the pace potential to date and has potential on the grass and it is just a case of putting both together here; he is capable of a wake up.
MOOSEY BABY was down along the inside from the second flight last time then faltered out of the money; he now competes for Clint Abraham.
GIANT PULPIT debuted on Tapeta and showed little; second time out on turf, he had speed but could not corner properly and bore out and was at the back; for this third start, he gives turf another chance and now competes for the claiming portion.
BUTTERMILK PIKE was fully expected to wake up second time out and the difference was the added distance; at one mile, he was on the lead but he jumped over to his incorrect lead deep in the stretch and gave it away; he deserves another chance with the extension in distance.
MICK THE CONQUEROR ran an unusually poor race off the shelf July 16th when on Tapeta and he finished ninth as the favourite; in a tougher category on turf the time before at ten furlongs, he was a rousing second in a race that gives him standing here; he rates a look.
FLY DIRECT was not with this field when it was originally carded last Friday but he jumps in here after a positive run in a claiming race on turf when he closed a big gap to be just behind D’s Dark Knight.
D’S DARK KNIGHT was not with this group when it was originally presented last Friday but moves in here following a good race for $30,000 on turf when third and the runner up has come back to win easily.
GREENFIELD is usually within range on turf; he had somewhat of a poor journey last time when waiting behind rivals and was finally fourth beaten four lengths when Buttermilk Pike was second; he rates a look.


NO SOUP FOR YOU ran her best race of the season in her first start of the year and it has been diminishing returns since that time; she disappointed in her latest against the same key winner and now gets relief running for just $8,000.
SWEET ESCAPE came five wide with a late move to win when going second time off the claim and dropping below her acquired price last time; she shortens from a route to a sprint and is up in value.
ARTICULATE attracted a claim here two starts ago and then was fourth at Fort Erie last time and has since prepped there; she has had extensive campaigning already this season including a Florida stint where she won in Tampa.
PRIDDY FAIR attracted a claim June 17th and after one race at a protected evaluation, she now comes underneath her claimed price with Hernandez sticking with her.
YARMORKA had a good run in her seasonal bow when third at seven furlongs; the runner up,
Sweet Escape is here; she went into a key race on turf last time where she finished only four lengths behind My Cantata who had a big win here on Monday; she now uses the drop down angle for just $8,000.
QUEENSTOWN was a distant fourth but coming on last time against a winner who took sharp support; she remains at seven furlongs but is up in value to face a tougher group.
GEOCENTRIC reportedly had an equipment problem last time when she ran to a long early lead then couldn’t corner; she is seeking her initial share of the campaign.
CATCH SOME Z’S had fine form going into her latest but was ninth in that event when a key winner took top prize; that one poor race moves her down in value here for just $8,000 for Paul Buttigieg.
CAPTURE YOUR HEART goes for the hottest owner/trainer combo, Bruno Schickedanz and
Norm McKnight; she is hoping for a change in fortune with this significant drop in value and Contreras is sticking with her.
LIGHT MY PATH stumbled early two starts ago but had a clean run last time for just $6,000 when second; she is up in value.
SWEET BREW was reclaimed June 30th and for these interests last time, got in a key race on turf against a tough winner who repeated Monday; she drops below her claimed price; she has stretch potential.


RACHEL WALL has had just two starts this season and was fourth at Churchill Downs in an added money race last time against the even money winning favourite who dominated; she had good pace instincts at a mile and a half but weakened late; she did win big at a mile and a half in September of 2016 at Saratoga; she has trained regularly at Fair Hill.
GIOVANNA BLUES makes a return visit to Woodbine; she was in the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth last time at just nine furlongs against a loaded field which included the third place finisher, Miss Temple City, a multiple Grade 1 winner; she opts for room here for Michael Dickinson and Contreras gets the call.
BELLE DE NUIT can be the pace maker here; she went a mile and a quarter in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly and was on the lead until late and finished sixth beaten five lengths when Involuntary was better in third; she had an August 6th work in 49 getting ready.
HAPPYNESS is one of two in the race for Graham Motion along with Rachel Wall; she has made only a single start this season and that came at eleven furlongs at Delaware in the same race where Giovanna Blues was better in fifth while she reported home a late seventh; she will look
to build on that performance; she did win big last year at a mile and a quarter on the grass; she is hopeful of a better trip.
MOONLIGHT SKY was brought here by Roger Attfield to compete June 4th on turf and she produced a significant rally to win going away at 3-5; she gets a different type of test here and comes off the shelf after some good preps; she is a half sister to Kentucky Oaks winner, Abel Tasman.
SARDINIA competed at a mile at Indiana Grand last time and was able to take her second lifetime win and she handled the grass well and drew off; the runner up has reportedly come back to win; Bridgmohan will ride for trainer, Michael Maker.
INVOLUNTARY competed in the Grade 1 Nassau Stakes and was a solid runner up against a good rallier from Florida; most recently in the Dance Smartly at ten furlongs, she landed third and was coming on late when the late pace was quite strong; she did have Belle de Nuit behind her; she goes out to a mile and a half here for Josie Carroll and has trained forwardly coming to this event.


PHILNGOOD debuted July 23rd at just six and a half furlongs and was somewhat tentative inside but made a middle move then hung; the longer distance of this event, should be helpful.
TENEBRAE showed himself to be a runner with potential around two turns for Douglas Leblanc and will now step up in value; his opener July 23rd featured a late run as he advanced from eleventh to be third beaten only two lengths and he was doing his best running late.
CANMORE went from a disappointing sprint to a more encouraging route last time where he stalked in traffic then moved prematurely only to lay in through the stretch and finished third when Leonard’s Bay was a length better in second; he can continue to improve.
LEONARD’S BAY had every chance to win last time
when up on the pace and he was clear late when Canmore was chasing him but a rushing winner beat
him at the last moment and he finished second a length better than Canmore.
JUAN STORMY NIGHT went long on turf for $16,000 last time and advanced late to get third and the runner up has already come back to win a route race; he is up in value.
THESPIS was out of the money on turf in his second start; he will go long on Tapeta here for Nick Nosowenko.
THORNLEY had a mild late move last time after falling out of contention early and his lack of early speed was costly; he gets to stretch out here.
BANGOR RIDGE has had his difficulties coming out of the gate and that plagued him again last time; he has since been to the gate for some practice and the blinkers are on here; this will be his first trip around two turns on Tapeta; he rates a chance to improve.


ARAZI’S GIFT was moving ok late in his previous event at seven furlongs on turf and stretched to this distance and finished third last time when Cry In The Wild was second; he has been freshened since late June.
SHOWING SIN had a poor run in a race that came off turf last time for $23,500 at seven furlongs; he will now drop down and extend in distance and go to the turf.
ARCHER TRIUMPH’S had a good enough race going long on turf last time when third to suggest that he could be a factor once again; Moran once again has the mount.
SOUL N’ SPIRIT finished third at a mile on turf two starts ago in an ok effort but couldn’t follow up with a good race last time when he stayed inside; he will now extend in distance and drop in value.
RED ROMEO was in a key race last time from which the second, fourth, seventh and ninth place finishers have all come back to win; that was for $32,000 when he finished fifth of fourteen; with the big drop for $16,000, he no doubt will attract attention; Hernandez had a recent winner for this stable, Best Bard.
SHANTY TOWN improved when he was sent back to a route July 23rd for just $10,000 and an outside rally left him with second prize; he now goes to turf for the initial time.
WIEN debuted at six furlongs on turf and didn’t do much running at long odds but he is bred to be a stayer and there is more room available here and lasix is now added and improvement is likely.
CATAMOUNT dropped into an acceptable spot July 16th but after running into contention at the top of the stretch, he hung and finished fourth; the runner up has come back to win; he remains at the same range but will now switch over to turf for Gunpowder Farms; Contreras rides.
LASER FOCUS has been dedicated to turf and in his second start of this year, he was perfectly positioned but gradually weakened and finished one spot behind Archer Triumph’s; lasix is now added and he is devalued; he has a chance to rebound.
THE OTHER BREEZE takes a significant drop after getting in against key runners last time and finishing twelfth; this class drop is significant and he remains on turf with Boulanger aboard and he was up for his best effort on turf back in June.
TOXICOLOGIST showed potential on turf June 14th when he debuted and he ran well through the stretch; he was finally fourth and the fifth place finisher came back to win; he adds lasix.
B J’S SOUL was on turf two outings ago but didn’t have much impact; when he dropped down last time, he went better on the edges.
CRY IN THE WILD was on turf two starts ago and finished second against an import winner from the Casse stable; most recently, he was in for $20,000 at seven furlongs where he stayed on; he now stretches out and goes to turf with Husbands.