Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday

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

The 11 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT.


EXECUTIVE SIGHT had a major excuse at the break last time when he ducked to the outside and lost all chance; he finally finished eighth on turf; he now comes up tagged and Contreras moves in for the initial time; he goes short on Tapeta.
FORESTER’S FORUM is a runner of some size who was behind early and on the outside last outing in a change of styles; he sat quietly off the pace but then couldn’t quicken; in his debut, he had moved in an overly eager fashion and had nothing left for the stretch drive; he shortens in distance.
ENGLISH RAIN is getting his first start of the year; his only career run came in a key race where he attended the pace then faltered; he runs for the claiming portion here after a series of works for Nick Gonzalez.
SALIERI was in a key race July 21st and opted to be a part of the pace which was too much for him and he understandably weakened; the runner up has already come back to win.
HUNTS BAY came out at the break last time and had to be straightened; he got going in that six furlong attempt but hung on the edges; the third and seventh place finishers came back to win; he was working regularly through late July getting ready.
BEN LOMOND was planted in traffic last time with hopes of concentrating his stretch ability in a six and a half furlong event and he got loose late and closed belatedly; he now goes just five furlongs.
ROBUSTIOUS is a speed contributor most times; at six and a half furlongs last time, he hung at the most crucial time and gave away some positions; he cuts back to five furlongs.
EXECUTIVE CHROME a debut runner, is a homebred for Don and Carol Pennycook by Old Forester; Wilson has been his morning rider; he worked August 6th in 48.4bg getting ready.


CRY BAO had a poor departure from the gate when he debuted July 9th and was far back and non threatening; he has since worked from the gate and had a blowout coming to this and Ramsammy takes over.
HELL N WILD a debut runner for Mike Doyle, has stamina on top of her pedigree and some speed on the bottom; after a series of half mile works, he prepped from the gate recently getting ready.
COURT BATTLE a debut runner for Tucci Stables, is by Court Vision and from a dam who was an eight time winner; Da Silva gets the call here after consecutive gate works getting ready; blinkers and lasix are used.
LOYALTY BOY a debut runner for Julie Belhumeur, is by, Laura’s Lucky Boy, a multiple stakes winner on turf; he improved his gate time in a recent half mile trial getting ready to travel six furlongs in this opener for $40,000 with Alderson.
AIN’T MY FAULT a debut runner for Nick Gonzalez, will travel six furlongs here in this launch; he is a son of Trappe Shot, a speed influence; he has alternated between gate works and preps at five furlongs from the pole getting ready.
TREBEK has sharp early speed which he has been using against opponents that have been beyond him but now he runs for a claiming portion for the first time and the blinkers are off; he departs turf and gets over to Tapeta which should be a help.
HEY HOWIE broke behind in his debut July 19th against a well regarded winner and finished a distant fourth; the winner has come back to win the Clarendon; he now goes for $40,000 and has an interim prep.
PERFETTO debuted at Fort Erie with speed; second time out, he went to Presque Isle where he closed a good gap with a new style and finished third and that race gives him some standing here.


PRINCE IN DISGUISE was inconvenienced when a rival broke into him last time; he was wide on the turn in that unproductive turf introduction; he plunges in value and moves to Tapeta at just five furlongs.
BEL AYR BAY was driving on the turn last time when dropped in for $7,500 and was done by mid stretch giving up several positions at the end; the runner up has since won.
LIKE IT LOUD had a May 27th seasonal bow and attended the pace before faltering; he has had a chance to build up for this return and Sunny Singh takes over.
CANADA WISE DON opted to try and steal a race last time and opened up five lengths on the turn but finished out of the money; Sammy From Miami and Awesome At Last, also use an aggressive style.
MYSTIC MEMORY debuted last November and had some early speed; second time out, she was eliminated in an incident three furlongs from home; she now goes for Saul McHugh for just $7,500 and has had an opportunity to string together some works.
SAMMY FROM MIAMI is getting his first start since the spring time when he was fast on the front end at five and a half furlongs and he weakened only late; he has taken more time off and looks to use his speed here at just five furlongs but Awesome At Last, uses the same approach.
ALERT GREEN competed on turf most recently and was used for speed along the inside against opposition that was too difficult; a more settled manner in the gate would also be an improvement; he drops down and goes to Tapeta and shortens to five furlongs.
EVELYN G has run only once and that came July 1st for $20,000 where she was beaten ten lengths; she made a bid on the outside at the quarter pole then fell back; both the second and third place finishers have since won; a better departure from the gate will be useful here at this significantly reduced evaluation.
DETROIT STEEL gets his first run since June 23rd when he was closer than ever before but he hung at a crucial time and gave up positions late.
AWESOME AT LAST came off the shelf July 14th and was committed to the front end; he seemingly put away the winner to open up but that first place finisher came back and beat him at the end; this will be his second race off the shelf for Norm McKnight and he has the speed of Sammy From Miami to note.


DATING SOPHIE competed last Monday on turf and was unplaced; she lost momentum in her previous event when Malibu Bliss was second.
SLOVENIA was out of the money on turf in consecutive events then dropped down and went to Tapeta and had a useful third place finish last time against a key winner; that race gives her some standing here.
REDSTRIPECONQUEROR was at the back early in a race against a key winner last time; she passed rivals without threatening when Slovenia was better in third.
THAT’S CLAIRE took the big drop June 24th and gave herself up on the pace in a losing fight and finished fourth; most recently, she had much the same type of early commitment to the pace only to weaken.
SHEEGWEEHA was getting just her second start ever and her first try on Tapeta July 21st and she offered some speed and was finally fifth when Malibu Bliss was second; she now gets to drop for $10,000 and follows a runner up, Malibu Bliss to this lower level.
MALIBU BLISS was out of the money on turf two starts ago but was second best on Tapeta for $20,000 last time and she halves in value here for Mark Casse.
CHEETAHRA a four year old by Marchfield, is debuting here at seven furlongs on Tapeta and has generally worked over short distances lately getting ready.
SINGING BROOKE was reserved early in a July 21st race then was finished on the far turn and did not complete the course.
D’S BENEFACTION moved three wide from the second flight last time but hung in the stretch in sixth; she departs an out of the money finish on turf and drops and goes to Tapeta.
HALO EXPRESS was ridden up close last time but didn’t stay in the stretch when Slovenia was better in third.
BLUE PEARLS is worth considering; she finished fifth beaten five lengths for $20,000 last time and now runs for half the price.
SATURDAY DANCER took the big drop for $10,000 last time and moved outside but couldn’t improve her position late.
BID’S KID was tentative down along the inside last time for $7,500 and finished fifth of eleven.
UPUP’NTHERESHEGOES a debut runner for Maggie LeBlanc, is a four year old by, Perfect Soul, and
from a dam who was a five time winner; she prepped recently at five furlongs getting ready and has drawn an outside post.
PASTURE CURFEW was driving between runners three furlongs from home last time when dropped down and finished fifth beaten only four and a half lengths.


BILOXI BAY was out of the money on turf and went to Tapeta to win last time and provided a deep outside rally to win at nine furlongs; he now moves back to turf looking to transfer that
newly found enthusiasm.
STORM HAWK benefitted from a speed approach on the turf July 5th and had a runaway win for maiden $19,000; he faces a tougher challenge here.
NEIL’S DIAMOND was moving late along the inside for $20,000 at six furlongs on turf last time to be second; he is up in value and out in distance.
UNBRIDLED PIPER can’t seem to get it perfect in the stretch but has made some nice moves; he was premature with his advance two starts ago and then too late when he had an isolated trip on turf last time against some of these.
GORDIE MAC found the right spot with a devaluation and a cutback in distance July 12th to win on the grass with an aggressive style; he is back up in value here.
CONFIDENTIALITY has done well since getting onto the turf in consecutive events and had a good run at nine furlongs last time where he was coming back between rivals to challenge and was second with Cenar a closing third.
GOLDEN JIGGS had a nice runaway win on the lead under Chernetz July 23rd; he has been aggressive to come back and work a couple of times in hopes of a repeat here on turf.
MOZART MELODY has dedicated himself to turf this year without positive returns; he dropped down for his latest and now must come up in value for this.
ARTISTICO rallied very well last time and despite lacking room, he was finally fourth beaten less than a length with Confidentiality second and Cenar in third.
FRITZIE’S BOY had a troubled trip two starts ago and that promoted some hope for an upset last time but he lost considerable ground by being widest throughout on the turn and finished on the edges.
MR HAVERCAMP was preferred when he debuted July 21st at long odds on Tapeta and he caught the favourite near the end with a rail dash; the runner up has since scored; he has since worked forwardly with Da Silva on Tapeta; he is by, Court Vision, and now goes to turf with a stretch out for Catherine Day-Phillips.
CENAR discovered grass July 14th in a race at nine furlongs against some of these and moved up the rail late to miss narrowly with a good bid and Confidentiality was just in front of him in second.
CLEVER SOUL attracted a claim when enjoying a strong front running effort on turf last time to be second; he now goes to the McClachrie stable and he has been active in works since then.
GILDED WARRIOR is getting his first race since June 25th and has been active in morning preps lately; he was a big disappointment in his latest on turf.
SLAM goes up in value here for a chance to get onto the turf for the second time in a row; he was outrun in his latest.
ROCKET PLAN had a mild offering in third for $20,000 last time and is up in value here and has the widest post.


WAM BAM a significant auction purchase in September of 2016, is by, Uncle Mo, and from the same dam who produced the local stakes winner, Spadina Road, who won an added money race as a juvenile; he picked up his training program in his second five furlong work July 29th in 1.00.2 getting ready for Roger Attfield; he competes for Scott Dilworth.
AGENT EIGHTY SIX debuted July 22nd at six furlongs on turf and took support and was hustled along in contention then faded late; for this second start, the blinkers are on and he shortens up and moves to Tapeta; he has had an interim work in 1.01.3 for Robert Tiller.
CASTLE IN THE SKY a debut runner for Robert Tiller, was an auction purchase and is by, Sky Mesa, whose runners handle the synthetic surface quite well and this one is from a dam who won on turf and also a synthetic surface; Ryan was aboard for a work August 3rd in 1.02.4 and gets the call.
PEPPERED an auction purchase, debuts for Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch; he is by, Tapizar, a winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile; he worked a half mile August 1st in 47.2 and followed up with a gate work Wednesday morning in 35.2bg with Moran aboard.
PIVEN a debut runner for Derek A. Chin, is going for Kevin Attard here; he has been traded at auction and was purchased earlier this year; he worked from the gate with Husbands aboard August 6th in 47.3bg getting ready.
MIDRAY is one of two in the race for Reade Baker along with Peppered; this one is a homebred for Calmar Stables & Ranch and is from a noted dam who has produced some local winners including Remebel; he has had consecutive gate works getting ready and Campbell will have the mount.
SEXY BUSINESS is a well related individual who will debut for Jennifer Johnson and he is a homebred for Laura Estey who worked August 4th in 1.00.2 and beat company.
BEL AIR SKY is beautifully bred by, Malibu Moon, and from a Grade 2 winning dam who produced the champion, Stacked Deck; he was scheduled to debut July 30th but scratched; he then came back to work August 6th with Contreras aboard with a rally in 47.4; he goes for Barbara Minshall and is a homebred for Bruce Lunsford.
PAPA D an auction purchase, will debut for Santino DiPaola and has seen a variety of surfaces in the morning with preps on the training track, Tapeta and also turf.
GREELEY’S ARCH a debut runner for Nick Gonzalez, is a homebred for Ivan Dalos and is bred to be a stayer top and bottom; he had a quick work July 31st in 1.00.3 getting ready.
TAKE YOUR PLACE a homebred, is from a dam who could both sprint and route and he will travel a short distance here from a wide post in this opener for Sam Di Pasquale; he has prepped regularly.


SILENT JIMMIE was second yet again July 23rd; he continued in pursuit of the winner through the stretch in a six and a half furlong race on Tapeta; he will get a new challenge here moving to turf at a mile.
MONASTRELL had a nibbling of support when he debuted July 21st against a key winner, Mr Havercamp, who was entered in race five today; he ran fourth without threatening; blinkers are added and he now goes to turf with Lermyte aboard for Julia Carey; he has had an interim work at five furlongs in 1.02.4 out in 1.15.
ATHENA’S LEGACY improved a bit last time on turf to be fifth of twelve; more room is available here.
CONQUEST ELIMINATR was on turf July 16th against a key winner and in second was Zap Cat; his efforts landed him fourth and it was a complicated journey where he followed in traffic and then had a runner laying in on him and yet, he was only five lengths back in an ok effort.
ZAP CAT figured to be one of the major players last time and finished second behind a well regarded winner who rushed by in the stretch; he did manage to guard second money and that race gives him some standing here for Gunpowder Farms.
FULLTHROTTLE KID has been aggressive on the pace in two Tapeta races to begin this year but will now switch over to turf and has tried that angle in the past without producing.
TIDAL DANCER came off the shelf July 16th for his seasonal bow and he was wrangled back off the pace; he had every chance when moving in contention through the stretch but he hung; perhaps he will be better second time off the shelf; he rates some attention.
HURRICANE BEAR competed against some of these last time when he stretched from a sprint to a route; he took sharp support and had an excusable journey while using a drafting trip behind rivals.
CAPTAIN SIDNEY competed July 30th at six and a half furlongs on turf when coming off the shelf; he attempted a late run from the third flight and netted fourth spot against a dominant longshot winner; he rates a look.
AMI’S EXCHANGE competed against some of these July 16th and got in behind runners then made an outside move finishing sixth beaten five lengths with Zap Cat second; he can share.


GIGANTIC BREEZE had a career best performance in the Dominion Day Stakes when setting the pace and finishing second against Melmich while guarding the place award over Are You Kidding Me; he has had a series of good works since then for Sandy McPherson and Boulanger has been aboard in the morning; he is a homebred for Hopefield Farm.
SECRET PASSAGE a homebred for Pin Oak Stable by, Curlin, was introduced here April 29th on Tapeta but did not threaten Are You Kidding Me; he has since had a fringe try on turf; he has worked forwardly heading to this event.
MELMICH has won both of his starts this season and in the Dominion Day July 1st, he ran by the pair of Gigantic Breeze and Are You Kidding Me in the stretch while laying in but he kept clear; he is shortening to just a mile and a sixteenth here which calls for more velocity on the final turn; he did have a rally in his work August 6th in 59.4 for Kevin Attard.
BEAR’SWAY a former stakes winner, started this season June 10th in an allowance event and raced on the pace but was no match for Gigantic Breeze and landed sixth beaten five lengths; he has committed to the training track for a series of works; he now gets his second run of the campaign.
KEEN GIZMO a homebred for Ivan Dalos, won the Steady Growth Stakes against Ontario sire company in
May and he provided a perfect rally on the second turn; he has continued to work forwardly; Contreras leaves this one to handle Unbridled Juan and Moran will take over.
UNBRIDLED JUAN is without a stakes victory and will be trying blinkers today; he has tried a variety of tactics so far but has continued to land on the edges; he departs turf for this event and he has prepped forwardly for Josie Carroll; he is a homebred for Stronach Stables.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME a homebred for Riordan, Kirk and Bates, goes for Roger Attfield; he is a seven year old with seven lifetime stakes wins and was the 2016 champion in this division; he lost out late in the Eclipse Stakes and was beaten in the Dominion Day by Melmich and Gigantic Breeze; Hernandez will now take over and was aboard for his big work August 6th in 59.3 out in 1.12.3 getting ready to shorten up.


UNCLE B is a three year old against some tough older rivals here and some are multiple winners on the grass; he was on turf at Gulfstream this winter with a good result and he exits a good result on Tapeta July 14th when second best to the favourite; he now moves to grass at six furlongs from the rail post.
CALL ME WALLY put the blinkers on last time and had an amazing late run to come outside with the last move to catch the leader and that one has already come back with a significant win; he remains at six furlongs on turf but is up one level.
HOLLYWOOD CRITIC started the season June 16th at Churchill Downs on the turf without threatening through the stretch; he has been here for interim preps for Barbara Minshall.
SWEET LITTLE MAN ran up into a pocket in his seasonal bow and got delayed and when he got loose, he rallied but was second best for $32,000 on turf; he tries a tougher group here.
OCCASIONAL VIEW knows how to win races and loves the turf; he salvaged a win on turf in this classification last time by darting to the inside at the last moment and beating Bet On Mike who closed late; he remains a contender.
SEFFEARA lost by a wide margin last time when facing Occasional View and Bet On Mike; he has been busy with works in the interim trying to promote improved form.
BLACK HORNET has been over at Presque Isle for a couple of runs on Tapeta and was out of the money there last time; he seeks his first win on turf.
TOO MANY EGBERT’S won smartly with good turn speed two starts ago on Tapeta then took a starter event on turf last time and was favoured while Contreras aboard for Preston Ferris;
Slade Callaghan will ride and Contreras is aboard Hollywood Critic.
BET ON MIKE saw his two race winning streak end July 15th when he made a bold rush on the outside but Occasional View found room on the rail and beat him a half length at seven furlong on turf; he must shorten to six furlongs.
DON CAMILLO competed at a mile on turf two starts ago with run off speed then faltered; he ran on the pace in the recent Highlander and again faltered; he dips into a second allowance event here.

RACE #10

LOW IN THE FOREST is without a win this year and has not been carrying his speed thoroughly enough; he departs an out of the money finish on turf to cut back in distance and go to Tapeta.
REIMAGINED had a confidence building win for $10,000 then was put up in value to go for $25,000 on turf and had an expected letdown; he finds an intermediate level and moves back to Tapeta; he loves the seven furlong distance.
GRAY PHANTOM attracted a claim July 12th but he had a letdown performance at a route; he will shorten to seven furlongs and moves to the stable of Martin Drexler.
PANTHER KEY beat non winners of two in his previous event on turf; Alderson took over last time and he showed some life in the stretch; he now goes seven furlongs on Tapeta.
NORRIS LAKE went six and a half furlongs on Tapeta last time and seemed to stall mid stretch but got going again deep in the lane to be second; that race gives him some standing here; Husbands rides again for Ron Sadler.
CORRYVRECHAN won off the claim for Norm McKnight and showed significant improvement in a five furlong race where he sat off the pace and then moved strongly; the challenge here is the addition of an extra quarter mile.
YORK RANGER drew the inside post last time and seemed doomed from the outset; he opted for some speed but rarely uses that style; he has drawn more in the middle here which gives him an opportunity to run from off the pace.
GIANT STORM had an awkward departure from the gate last time; two starts ago, he showed a reluctance to rally inside when second; he will need to work out his best possible trip here.
THAT’S A STRETCH has been at higher levels and has been out of the money in three consecutive races on turf; he drops sharply and Hernandez moves in for this Tapeta race with blinkers off; the runner up from that last race, has since won big.
OUR VICTOR had a surprisingly good turnaround performance July 19th in his second race off the shelf; he departed an out of the money finish on turf to win on Tapeta for just $10,000; the runner up has similarly been beaten when folding in the stretch; this one goes up in value.

RACE #11

MARTINI KID had the slow pace against him last time at this distance but stayed on to be fourth beaten a length while laying in; Court Savvy was second and Lapochka was third
and they are both here.
SEATTLE AFFAIR had a relaxed trip under Husbands to win when taking a maiden score last time and he closed perfectly on the outside; he looks to take the next step here for Chiefswood Stable; he has since worked on turf in 1.01.
STORM RULER moved out of traffic late in his opener and closed belatedly; second time out, he was locked in but after the winner was disqualified, he was gifted with first prize by the stewards; he came back to work August 6th in 1.00.4 on Tapeta.
BIG GILLETTE has found the key since moving to the turf for Denyse McClachrie to win two in a row; Contreras was aboard previously and Boulanger was up for his big win last time but Contreras will ride today; the runner up from the last race has since won.
REMEMBERMIS quite likes the turf and is a newcomer to Woodbine after a series of positive races in New Orleans; he comes off the shelf and competes for Kevin Attard for the first
time and Hernandez rides.
COURT SAVVY quite likes the turf and narrowly missed extending his winning streak to three in a row last time in a first allowance race when he was taken down at the last moment and Lapochka was third; once again, Garcia rides for Ralph Biamonte.
MR O’PRADO was drafting in traffic last time with hopes of a concentrated stretch bid but he finished fifth beaten two lengths and now goes farther.
LIONS BAY is looking to break through for a victory; he was fourth beaten a length on Tapeta last time; he seeks his initial win on the grass.
LAPOCHKA came home from Maryland to compete on turf June 25th and closed too late; most recently, he lacked room at a crucial stage then had difficulty quickening off slow fractions and had to settle for third beaten a length with Court Savvy second; Wilson now rides and Husbands is on Seattle Affair.
MALIBU SECRET was a promising three year old this spring when third in the Marine but he went to the Queen’s Plate and performed poorly; he now moves to turf which is projected to be his best footing and Da Silva takes over for Malcolm Pierce.
REMEMBERING MICKEY made a strong move at the top of the stretch on turf last time in this category but weakened late against a key winner; he has since had fast prepping for Roger Attfield.
THE ACCUSER has run a couple of good recent races on the grass and was third to a key winner just two starts ago; he faced
a key winner in a marathon last time when third and now shortens in distance with Bahen now aboard.
LONG JOHNS had a good run in his seasonal bow on turf as he made his way forward to be just on the edges leaving the door open for improvement with the stretch out.
GALILEO’S SPEAR was hustling along from the back last time but couldn’t improve his position; he shortens in distance here.