Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Saturday

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

The 11 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT.


AZIMUT is a noted speedster who has been failing at higher levels and now he drops significantly to go for $25,000; he was out of the money on turf last time and the runner up has come back to win.
DASH OF DAZZLE had so much to do from off the pace last time but accomplished his first victory in an extended time by catching the speed very late for $20,000 at six and a half furlongs; he has speed to run at here and is up one level going shorter.
SPANISH RIVER had a tangled start on turf last time and lost all chance; the time before at seven furlongs at this price range, he was a willing third; he travels only six furlongs here.
VILLAGEOFVIBANK is speedy but Azimut uses the same aggressive approach; he has won twice this year and both victories have come at five furlongs; he faltered in his most recent start when stretched to six and a half furlongs.
VIRGA received a perfect winning ride from Bahen to come up the rail and take his third lifetime win July 16th; he now faces multiple winners and has some speed to run at.
SLIP KID was here for a start last October and had a booming win when he was in good form and that was his third consecutive score; he made his way back here June 2nd at this current meeting and was frustrated in his attempt to find ample room and slipped back to ninth; he is looking for a wake up run off the shelf with today’s drop.
DAN THE TIN MAN is dropping down after an out of the money finish on turf last time; for $32,000 last November, he was a sharp second on Tapeta; Husbands rides.


JOSIE’S RIDDLE debuted July 14th on turf and offered speed but gave up positions late and finished fourth; he had a subsequent work on turf but will now go to Tapeta.
HAZY DAVY fell back after a bid on the turn last time against a key winner who came back to win the Clarendon Stakes; he has had an interim work in 49.3 with Lermyte.
BENT CROWBAR lost in double digits last time in a maiden claiming event and is counting on the extra room of this race as being a positive development.
MARTINKELLY showed a touch of interest deep in the stretch in his debut; the winner has already come back to run well in an added money event and the fourth place finisher has come back to win; he has worked from the gate in the interim trying to sharpen up for this second start.
HANDSOME LIKE ME was fanned wide and then hung in a July 9th debut at just five furlongs but did gain relative to the pace and the winner has since been stakes placed and the fourth place finisher has since won; the longer distance suits his pedigree; Campbell will ride.
DOT’S VISION debuted July 14th on turf and was last in the early going then gained some ground without threatening; he now travels six and a half furlongs on Tapeta with lasix added.
VISION OF FUTURE a debut runner for Larry Cappuccitti, is by, Court Vision; he worked from the gate in company July 22nd in 36.4bg getting ready and will use lasix and blinkers here.
SILENT JET a homebred for Stronach Stables by the popular Silent Name and from a versed dam, will debut here from the widest post for Mike De Paulo with Hernandez aboard and he was up for a work July 23rd in 48.4bg; he had a subsequent work August 5th in 1.00.4 getting ready.


PRETTY TWO FACED lacked room in the stretch July 26th at a mile on turf and checked and then found enough room to get going again to win when dropped for $25,000; she attracted a claim and now goes to the Mike Wright Stable with Garcia aboard.
ACIANO is a developing three year old who woke up when moved to the turf second time out and in her third lifetime start July 12th, she caught the speed at this distance on the grass at 33-1; she looks to move forward now; with Wilson away, Hernandez takes over for Gunpowder Farm.
CRACK THAT WHIP will start this season for Bruce Smither; she has had many good performances in the past and her lone start on turf about this time last year was a solid rallying third place finish; she is late getting her campaign under way but has had regular preps.
MALIBU BONNIE is a developing three year old by Malibu Moon who was able to win when she was introduced here July 19th at seven furlongs on Tapeta for Stonestreet Stables; she supplied a speed style for her maiden score for Mark Casse; she now moves to turf.
TURBO DRIVEN DIVA was given a good rating ride two starts ago and moved out from behind traffic to win late in the stretch on turf; most recently, she stretched to a route where she made a patient run close to the pace and had the lead late but a deep closer beat her at the last moment; Contreras returns after a one race absence for Barbara Minshall.
MOZAMBIQUE GOLD broke well then settled in behind traffic through the stretch last time and moved out with a furlong remaining trying to concentrate her ability but she was beaten three lengths with Turbo Driven Diva second; she looks to improve in her second run of the year.
PECHE MOBILEE will compete only if this event comes off the turf and she is getting her third run of the campaign and looking for her initial share of the season.


PALEFACE was looking for a spot recently but will go here instead with a drop in value and he will compete as a first time lasix user; he broke off stride in a recent turf race and never did recover from that awkward beginning.
LUCKY B. N. a debut runner, is a homebred for Centennial Farms by Laura’s Lucky Boy, a three time stakes winner on turf and this one is from a dam who did well as a two year old; he has been on the training track for recent moves getting ready for Pat Parente.
ALLIED SUGAR RAY has moved to the direction of Blair Miller and gets just his second start in this current comeback attempt; his last start in June of 2016 was promising; he has had time for a series of works leading up to this and has attracted Hernandez with the blinkers off.
HESASHREWDDUDE moved well on the outside for just $8,000 last time and landed third when Holtz was better in second; he travels farther and Contreras stays aboard; he has had interim prepping.
KINDA CHAOTIC stayed inside in his previous event and landed third against a winner taking an edge; most recently, he had a mild outside move against some of these but didn’t threaten when Holtz was second.
NORTHERN TRACK is making changes here coming off the shelf as a gelding and joining the lasix program in hopes of improved form for William Tharrenos; he has yet to share but meets easier.
COTTON SAILS could go better in his second local start after finishing fifth for $16,000 on turf last time; he broke off stride and inwards contributing to some commotion at the break and didn’t recover when fifth; Boulanger takes over in this easier spot.
MOHAWK STYLE was scheduled to compete recently but was a late scratch; he will go here instead for Alec Fehr; he is by, War Cry, and from an unraced dam and has Ryan aboard for this launch.
KOR ECHSTASY a five year old, is a homebred for Rhona White and Susan Jenkins; he is from a dam who
has produced a couple of useful earners; he has been on Tapeta for his recent works for Daniel Birtch and Fanny Crausaz will ride.
TINKER RING was going too quickly in a route up on the pace last time and understandably folded; the runner up has come back to win; the turn back in distance should be quite useful here.
HOLTZ was out of the money on turf two starts ago then dropped and went to Tapeta last time and had a solid offering; he rallied in consort with the winner and reported home second in a race with blinkers back on.


YOU CANT CATCH HER a homebred for Murray Stroud, is by the Grade 1 winner, Majestic Warrior and from the same dam who produced the three time stakes winner, Youcan’tcatchme; Moreno was aboard for a July 8th work in 49.1 getting ready for Sam Di Pasquale.
BOLD N’ FOXY an inexpensive auction purchase by, Bold N’ Flashy, will debut for Franz Crean; she worked from the gate July 26th when a loose horse was providing some distraction and she went in 49.4bg.
Y’ALL a debut runner for Roger Attfield, is by Distorted Humor and from a stakes winning dam; he worked five furlongs on Tapeta July 23rd in 1.02.1 and worked from the gate more recently in 49bg; Hernandez has the mount.
PERFECTION CAT a homebred for Charles E. Fipke, will debut here for Julia Carey; he is by, Tale Of The Cat, and is a full sister to Stormy Perfection, a stakes placed runner; he worked five furlongs August 2nd in 1.01.2 getting ready.
ARDOR is the only runner in the field with a start and that came June 30th for Eoin Harty and she stalled on the turn but got going in the stretch to be second beaten a length and the sixth place finisher, Ladies Night, has come back to win; she has had subsequent prepping at Arlington getting ready for this return.
YANGTZE DELTA a homebred for Ted Burnett, is by Stormy Atlantic and from an aged dam who has produced some nice types; she had a fast work August 5th in 1.00.4 getting ready and Lermyte has the mount for Mike Mattine.
HELL N WILD a debut runner for Mike Doyle, is bred to be a stayer by, Bellamy Road, but will debut here at just five furlongs in hopes of a late rally; Moran has been aboard in the morning.
TOMATO BISQUE a debut runner for Martin Drexler, was an auction purchase and is by, Macho Uno, and from a dam who won going long; in her gate work August 5th in 36.3bg, she encountered traffic on the first turn.
LOOPETY LOO a debut runner for Conrad Farms, is by the Grade 1 juvenile winner, Afleet Alex; he goes for Mark Casse and worked five furlongs August 2nd in 1.00.3 getting ready; blinkers and lasix are used and Boulanger rides.
CLOSER STILL a debut runner, is a homebred for Calumet Farm and going for Mark Casse and has drawn the toughest outside post; she has a good pedigree being a daughter of So You Think, who was a Grade 1 winner in Australia and a Group 1 winner in Ireland and England; she goes only five furlongs here and Husbands is aboard with blinkers; she had a gate work August 5th in 50.3bg.


ZACKEROO had early speed on turf when he debuted but had no resistance in the stretch; he drops significantly for this second start.
SCARLET FORESTER hung after a middle stretch threat July 14th and was finally third; the fourth place finisher, Silken Thomas, has come back to win at a lower level.
RING OF HEAT a debut runner for Bruno Schickedanz, is a homebred by, Speed Ring, from a good family and he was able to win sprinting and routing and on the synthetic surface; he goes for Norm McKnight and has had a variety of works over shorter distances; apprentice Fukumoto has the mount in this six furlong opener.
WIEN debuted July 21st on turf and moved awkwardly in the early going then was far on the outside when sixth beaten ten lengths in his opener; for this second start, he drops down, adds lasix and goes to Tapeta.
PROFESSOR HARTWICK was forced to scratch here June 21st but made a subsequent start in a difficult spot where he faded and then he was close by at Fort Erie last time on turf.
ARMED ESCORT is getting his first race since the middle of June when he was beaten a wide margin by a key winner who then doubled up; he goes the other way in this return and is down for only $11,500.
REDEPLOY came off the shelf July 14th for just $8,000 and was reserved back with hopes of a concentrated stretch bid and he moved well late to be fifth of thirteen and attracted a claim; he now goes for Kelly Callaghan with blinkers on.
GIZMOTHEMOGWAIJEDI went from a promising sprint to a failed route second time out when he opted to run on the lead and that was against the bias; he had no resistance at even money; he attracted a claim and now cuts back in distance for Bill Tharrenos.
JIMBO FIVE hung at a most crucial time last outing and finished fifth beaten two and a half lengths; he returns from a freshening.
CHEROKEE KNIGHT was one paced last time and was asked to go in the stretch and finished only three lengths back in his belated seasonal bow; he competes for Blair Miller and has attracted Hernandez once again.
JOVIAL JESS had a positive run June 21st for $12,500 when on the lead finishing second; most recently, he went to a much tougher spot on turf where his speed was again obvious but he finished fourth.


LIDDYUP tossed the rider out of the back of the gate pre race July 14th; once underway against the boys, she was more settled and finished fifth beaten three lengths in a marathon behind Seeking Albert, a quickly developing local prospect; she now gets in with her own gender at a shorter distance and can be a factor; Da Silva has been recruited.
RYOAN ran a good race two starts ago in an event that came off turf and she stayed to be third against a tough winner; most recently, she was on the grass and was reserved close
to the pace but faltered at the most inopportune time and Niigon’s Bay was better in second and is here.
TANCOOK usually gets Husbands and he has been aboard for a couple of recent good finishes but he will be handling Niigon’s Bay here; she was fourth in a first allowance race last time and the second place finisher, Turbo Driven Diva, was in race three; Boulanger takes over and knows this one.
NIIGON’S BAY won the slower split of an event two starts ago to take her maiden with a desperate late run; most recently, she came off the shelf July 12th and ran second in a paceless event with lasix added and the winner had the advantage of being closer to the front end throughout.
LADY MARCHFIELD came off the shelf July 19th to offer more pace prominence but faltered; she worked recently in 47.1.
COREY’S BEST a runner of considerable size, got back in the game recently against a key winner and the runner up has since come back to win; she finished fourth and will now look to go forward.
SAM’S CROSS had an aggressive work July 21st heading into a race nine days later where she ran willingly on the edges but she gave up positions late; she now makes changes here going long and going to the turf.
PRINCESS BULLET finished fourth last time with an outside trip where she didn’t have much enthusiasm late in the race; she will now move over to turf.


AARONIC BLESSING added a little more substance in the stretch last time when staying on to be third against a key top pair; he also finished better in a recent speed work August 30th in 46.2 with a final quarter in 23.4.
SAN NICOLA THUNDER has been given a steady diet of turf racing with positive results including a second place finish against a key winner last time; he is cutting back in distance and moving to Tapeta, a footing he handled adequately back in April when second against Field Of Courage; he had a quickening work August 6th in 47 for Martin Drexler.
FIELD OF COURAGE was looking for room to the inside of Aaronic Blessing last time but couldn’t find any and that ruined his chances and he finished fifth; he had won smartly the time before; Husbands will ride here; he worked recently in 59.4 for Mark Casse.
JACKS ESCARPMENT acted up in the gate pre race June 10th and that resulted in another poor performance; he now competes for Josie Carroll and has worked steadily towards this return and it comes with Boulanger aboard.
PINK LLOYD the leader of the sprint division, captured the Vigil Stakes at seven furlongs last time despite a heavy impost and the requirements of a quickening late pace; he goes a half furlong shorter here and had a work August 3rd with Da Silva in 48 for trainer Robert Tiller;
he competes for Entourage Stable and now must carry 126 lbs with this drop to face Ontario sire competition.
THOR’S ROCKET was edgy in the gate last time especially after Jacks Escarpment acted up and he did
not run his best race but finished fourth against Pink Lloyd; he comes off the shelf here.
GOODOLDHOCKEYGAME went off to Fort Erie last time in hopes of a breakthrough victory but he was out zipped through the stretch by a worthy winner and settled for second; he is one of two in here for Robert Tiller.
BOREAL SPIRIT chased Pink Lloyd in consecutive events then embarked on a turf path last time at a mile where he couldn’t carry his speed against a key winner; he gets back to sprinting on Tapeta here at six and a half furlongs; Campbell now rides.


BEARSATLANTICMIST was in the Zadracarta Stakes at seven furlongs two starts ago where she was moving ok late in the race to finish sixth beaten three lengths and the runner up, Jennifer Lynnette, has come back to win the Royal North at the expense of Kasuga; she went to Tapeta last time where she looked every bit a winner through the stretch but she was passed at the last instant by a winner
who had a better rally; she is here seeking her third career win.
DIADURA is a welcomed visitor from Fair Hill for Michael Stidham; she discovered a fondness for sprinting from off the pace at Laurel on turf last time; it took her a while to get through and opening but she came running late to be second and more room is available here.
KASUGA has brilliant speed on the turf and for Joey Gee Thoroughbreds two starts ago, she won for straight claiming $50,000; most recently in the Royal North, she looked like a winner in the stretch racing boldly with a four length lead with high velocity but she was taken down late and finished second with a big gap back to the third place finisher; she comes in here to face non winners of two races other than maiden or claiming at six furlongs on turf.
RUN TO THE BEAT a beautifully bred Sam-Son Farm homebred, didn’t develop as expected this spring and has been given more time; she has posted several works on the training track getting ready for Malcolm Pierce and resurfaces here to get onto the turf.
STREET CASH had a frustrating trip last time and reported in sixth beaten five lengths when lacking adequate space; she had won big here last November on the turf; Hernandez now rides for Stronach Stables; she worked recently in 46.4.
CHIRINGUITA is without a share after two trips at the current meeting and was on turf last time at seven furlongs where she closed belatedly; she goes shorter here.
COPPER FOX has strong speed; she will make a rare visit to the turf here; she worked well on Tapeta recently in 1.00 with the opening three furlongs in 34.1 and she had good turn speed; she looks to move that energy over to the grass; she was third on Tapeta last time when Bearsatlanticmist was a length better.
SUGAR JONES has now won two in a row in a confidence building campaign and Contreras has been aboard both times for Michael Mattine for owner Ted Burnett; she now moves over to turf, a footing she handled well initially last year in the Passing Mood when second.
CASABLANCA KISS will compete only if this event comes off the turf and there are some in here who are equally as good on Tapeta as on turf; she comes from the widest post.

RACE #10

LADY VIOLET M was on turf last time when dropped to a new low for $16,000 and she had a solid second place finish behind a front running winner; she comes down one more level and switches to Tapeta; Hernandez rides.
SEEWILL came off the shelf July 21st for $19,000 and followed traffic but faltered out of contention even when the late pace was weakening.
NORTHERN COLORS was given a chance to be in the money when she debuted July 12th and at 17-1, she rallied in second; for this second start, she is up in value.
TIMELESS STYLE is getting her first run since January at Tampa when she was behind in double digits; she has been here with regular preps getting ready.
MISSY CHOOSEY debuted June 30th and had a positive opening few furlongs with some speed then faltered out of the money at a much higher level than she competes at here; the sixth place finisher has come back to win; she has been freshened coming to this event.
OFFICE IN THE SKY backed away last time for $20,000 and finished thirteenth beaten twenty three and a half lengths; both the second and third place finishers have come back to win; she has been freshened and now drops sharply for $12,500.
SI MUCHACHA was a fringe player October 23rd on Tapeta at a sprint; her only subsequent start was a failed route and she was shelved; she resurfaces at a low level here for this return.
MAGDALENE a debut runner for Kelly Callaghan, is from a dam who won a couple of times and is by a sire who won the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby; she will travel six furlongs here and Slade Callaghan rides with lasix.
THAT’S ONE COOL CAT was involved in some early commotion last time for $25,000 on turf and was finally out of the money; both the fifth and ninth place finishers have since won; after consecutive out of the money finishes on the grass, she now plunges for $12,500; the last time she sprinted on Tapeta, she was beaten only three lengths against vastly better than she encounters here; she rates attention.

RACE #11

YOU’RE MINE should be a contender once again; most recently, she advanced on the leaders but couldn’t get by when Ritzy Rose was second; the winner, Aciano, proved best and that one was in race three today; she draws the rail post; she has had interim prepping.
MAGICAL HOLIDAY a debut runner for John C. Oxley, is by Speightstown and will try a mile on turf; she has had a series of local works since the spring for Mark Casse including a move from the gate July 28th in 1.01.2bg; all recent works have been on Tapeta but she will try a mile on grass here at first asking and Husbands who has been aboard at times in the morning, has the mount.
CANADIAN EH was behind early and on the outside last time in a turf race at just six furlongs and didn’t threaten but more room is available here.
MISS BETTY TO U debuted on Tapeta back in the spring time and had a poor departure from the gate and lacked speed; she gets more room and moves to turf.
MATCHING VOWS has committed to a series of turf sprints where she has been a contender each time; she was part of an overly aggressive pace last time and slipped back very late; she now extends to a mile.
RITZY ROSE is seen as a contender; she came off the shelf for a good race on turf July 12th where she was displaced by the winner, Aciano, quite late and that one was entered in race three; just behind her was You’re Mine; Contreras retains the mount for Stronach Stables.
KIM KIM was at Fort Erie last time for a minor sum on turf and had her closest finish; she faces much tougher here.
LOST POINT is a runner of considerable size who ran adequately in a turf route June 17th; a subsequent fringe try on Tapeta should be a good bridge race to get her to this event where she can contend.
MARITIMECONNECTION was inconvenienced by the slow nature of the early pace last time and didn’t threaten when Ritzy Rose was second.
SNIPPY a debut runner for Roger Attfield, is a homebred for Robert S. Evans from the same dam who produced the recent debut runner, Delamar, and also the local winner, Hantaloop; she will try a mile on the grass at first asking and worked on turf July 30th in 1.00.2 with Garcia aboard.
LEISURE came off the shelf recently for a seven furlong event and had some early speed but did not stay the trip in contention; she revisits turf, a footing over which she debuted in the summer of 2016 when on the edges.
SOUPER SALARY will compete only if this event comes off the turf and she was a solid third behind her winning stable mate June 24th in a race that will qualify her; she stretches out.