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. 3.00am AEST Sunday.

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting.


STOP WHO’S THAT was rank early when attending the pace August 19th on a stretch out and was out of contention late against the front running winner; she drops in value for Mike Doyle.
HOCKEY HAIR has committed to sprint racing to this point but will now stretch out for Tony Gattellaro; she was one paced at this price on turf last time when on the edges.
SAYYESTOXCELENCE decided to get in a pace fight with the winner last time and was left reeling in the stretch about eighteen lengths behind; she tries a lower level here.
BABY GIRL BURT came off the shelf and went long August 16th for $20,000 in a race against the boys and she finished seventh in a race that can be a good tightener for her; she is in against the girls today.
ENCHANTED was squeezed back early last time then made a move inside but finally hung against a front running winner in an event where the late pace weakened; still, her performance was good enough to made her a contender here at such a reduced evaluation; there is the speed of Boldnpossible and Lady Nicky to run at here.
BOLDNPOSSIBLE will no doubt fuel the pace here; she is getting her first start since July 5th and dropping sharply in value; she has succeeded with the stretch out angle in the past when she scored here last November; Boulanger will be aboard.
LADY NICKY is quite likely to contribute speed here; she was in an event last time where Enchanted was better in second but she stayed within range until late; she runs at a considerably lower level here and has had an opportunity for interim workout activity.


RUN TO THE BEAT has had interrupted campaigning this season and came off the shelf August 12th in a race that was taken off turf and she finished fifth beaten six lengths; that should be a good bridge race to get to this event and she has had time to train up to this engagement.
WAY TO VERSAILLES was nicely prepared by Gail Cox to win August 5th, her second victory in just three career starts; she now moves to the stable of Kevin Attard and Boulanger will once again be aboard in this first ever turf try.
INTO THE MYSTIC a daughter of Galileo, is a four time winner in her career and has the distinction of being stakes placed at the Grade 3 level; this will be her first start since February at Santa Anita and her first try for Mark Casse; she has come from Florida for a couple of recent works here to get ready for the distance that is generally short by her standards.
GWENDOLINE H was coddled along with the lead through the stretch August 18th and persisted for her fifth career score and her first win on turf; Contreras moves in here for Martin Drexler.
STREET CASH had her seasonal bow July 16th and a difficult journey ruined the day for her and she finished only sixth; this will be her second start of the campaign.
SWEET CRIMSON had a good race on turf two starts ago to win a first allowance race with a deep closing style; she had a tougher test on turf last time where she was fifth beaten six lengths and she wasn’t able to gain late because the late fractions were solid.


ZDENKA managed to pick up some pieces in the stretch last time and finished second just in front of Sheztenthehardway and the winner also rallied in that event.
PATMOS got into a speed fight with Sheztenthehardway last time and both runners understandably faded in the stretch; Zdenka did come along to get second money.
TORNADO CAT added lasix and was able to beat a slower group than this August 26th; she provided a good rally for Shelley Fitzgerald and should had her confidence high; she was well handled by apprentice Wenc.
SHEZTENTHEHARDWAY was aggressive on the pace last time alongside Patmos and won the pace duel but lost out to a couple of ralliers including the runner up, Zdenka; there are other speed sources here.
SHEZ A TEN I KNOW dropped down to ensure a victory July 30th when coming off the shelf; however, she got going too fast on the front end and while she did win the pace duel, she lost the race to a closer; she attracted a claim and after one race where she was out of the money at an elevated level, she comes back with her own kind for John Cardella.
MY PAL KATHERINE is getting her first start since June 10th and she had a couple of good route finishes earlier in the year; her freshness should be an asset.
STRING BIKINI attracted a claim July 30th when plunged in for $10,000 but she was only third on that occasion when Shez A Ten I Know, was second; she will remain at the same price and distance for Ralph Biamonte.
NINETEEN SIXTEEN had a couple of races earlier this season but did not threaten in tough spots; she drops in this return to go for $10,000 at a route on Tapeta.
RYOAN has now been out of the money in three consecutive events including a race on turf last time where she was all done by mid stretch; she gets to run for only $10,000 here; the race is already top heavy with speed types but perhaps she could use a beneficial stalking style from the outside.


CHILL beat non winners of two in his previous event at six furlongs with a stalking trip; most recently at six and a half furlongs, he was in against much too good a group; he used up his energy chasing an unbeatable front runner and then he gave away two positions at the end; he drops down and stretches to a mile in search of his third career win on grass.
COMEDY GOLD had a big race here two starts ago on Tapeta then went to Fort Erie to ensure a win last time and galloped away from the 3-5 favourite in a dirt sprint; he has tried the turf three times without success but is now in peak form.
CONQUEST SWAGGER was in for only $8,000 on the dirt at Fort Erie last time when winning smartly; he has tried turf in the past and will get back to the lawn here at an elevated level.
CROWN PRINCE is a one time winner on the turf but his current focus has been competing effectively in Tapeta with consecutive in the money finishes; he was facing a key top pair last outing when gray horses took the top three prizes; he should welcome the move over to turf; the fourth place finisher from that last race has since won.
NO RISK NO REWARD had a poor race on turf last time and has been freshened; he is already a two time winner on the grass and is taking a big drop in value off the shelf; both the second and fourth place finishers from that last race have come back to win.
PARTY AT EIGHT had a good race on turf two starts ago that will qualify him here; he finished third and Rebel Music was about five lengths better in second and that one is here; he moved into a near impossible spot in a turf marathon last time and was finished by the top of the stretch and should still be fresh; he has a shorter distance and more reachable opponents here.
BIT’S LOVER BOY was sprinting on Tapeta at a low level last time with early speed only; he now goes to the turf.
CLEVER SOUL attracted a claim July 7th and a comeback race August 16th was a career best performance; he looked good galloping in front; he handled turf well enough in his previous event and that combined with his excellent current form, makes him a contender.
REBEL MUSIC was in a key race on turf two starts ago and missed by inches against a smart winner who has already come back with a significantly better win; he went to an impossible spot last time on Tapeta and now gets back to turf with a drop for $20,000.


CASTLE IN THE SKY debuted in a tough race August 13th at long odds and had no impact; lasix and blinkers are added for this second start and she goes for just $25,000; she must come from the difficult rail post.
VISION OF FUTURE couldn’t get going in time in her opener August 12th but was moving forward and she gets the same amount of ground here and is now in for a claiming evaluation.
ARRIUS was coming off the shelf August 23rd but had a problem at the gate and had to be scratched; she has had an interim work; lasix is added for this comeback.
INGE debuted July 9th in a tough race from which the winner came back to be second in the Clarendon and both the fourth and last place finishers came back to win; for her part, she had only early speed then faltered at five furlongs; with the drop down, she must travel six and a half furlongs for high percentage trainer, Lorne Richards.
SILENT RING was at Fort Erie last time where she was a non threatening fourth from the outside; she gets back to a claiming event here.
HOLYSNAPENEYEBALLS a debut runner, was an auction purchase and is by Artie Schiller and will debut here for Barbara Minshall; she has had a variety of works getting ready and will compete for just $25,000.
BENT CROWBAR was no match last time for the runner up, Noregretsfornow and reported in a distant fifth.
NOREGRETSFORNOW was getting his third consecutive start for $25,000 last time and he was unlucky enough to get into the same race as his debuting stable mate who made all the pace and left him second; he fits.
LIL OLD FORESTER was overwhelmed in his opener by a key winner August 27th and was fifth beaten thirteen lengths while the top two from the Gonzalez stable were much the best.
NO CRY BABY was significantly inconvenienced by the rail post when he debuted August 27th and didn’t get a chance to show what he can do; he now gets to plunge for $25,000 and he has had an interim work.
AIN’T MY FAULT took sharp early money last time for Nick Gonzalez when debuting for $40,000 but after his early display of speed, he faltered; he drops down and adds blinkers and has had interim prepping.
TREBEK had sharp early speed once again last time when in for $40,000 on a drop; he finally faltered; he goes down for $25,000 here.


NURMI a well bred individual, acted up at the gate in his opener and that had a negative impact on his performance; second time out, he opted to be part of a four way pace duel and he faded.
CROSS BORDER had his best effort yet at a mile and a quarter on turf last time; he was up on the pace in a fight with Mick The Conqueror and both were passed deep in the stretch
by a predictable winner; he shortens in distance.
COLEYVILLE used a more patient and practical approach last time when he rallied from ninth to be a useful fourth and Mick The Conqueror was second and that one has already come back to run well in second once again; Alderson takes over here.
JIMBO FIVE competed just recently in a six and a half furlong race on turf for only $15,000 when he had every chance to win deep in the stretch but it slipped away.
MICK THE CONQUEROR has had lots of chances and has produced several good races on turf; he was the runner up for the second time in a row August 23rd after a pace battle with
Cross Border; he once again gets Boulanger for Mike Wright.
HURRICANE BEAR had a big chance to win when he moved to the grass June 11th but he finished a tight third suggesting that turf is his best footing; most recently, he got pinched back at the top of the stretch then angled out and hung in the same race where Tidal Dancer was better in third.
ERADICATOR campaigned twice earlier this year for Todd Pletcher; his debut was promising; he finished a rousing third and the runner up, Hieroglyphics, was a stakes winner on turf at the recently concluded Saratoga meeting; he campaigned June 9th at Belmont in a marathon on turf where he didn’t stay the trip; he has been here with the Catherine Day-Phillips stable throughout the summer getting ready and the blinkers are on for this shorter test on grass.
TIDAL DANCER looks to be arriving at his best form now; he had a big effort on grass last October in the Cup & Saucer; in his second start of this year, he went much better with a rallying third place finish and the runner up has come back to win big; he should be a contender with Husbands up.
RINGO CLASSIC rallied well last time suggesting a move in against more reachable runners would help but he remains at a protected level in hopes of a breakthrough and now competes with blinkers.


LEIGHLIN ROAD was in a reachable spot last time but made a premature move without about three and a half furlongs to go and after advancing from fourth to the lead, she retreated to fifth; she remains at the same reduced evaluation but will shorten to seven furlongs and Wilson will take over.
I’LL TAKE THE CAKE was somewhat rank and wouldn’t settle when going from a sprint to a route on the lead last time and she gave up the advantage late in fourth with Thalias Fire in second; she shortens to seven furlongs.
IRIS WILL closed ground for $19,000 at this distance last time against a solid winner and she has used the off the pace technique previously at seven furlongs; she drops for $10,000.
GINGER CANDY took a drop for $20,000 two starts ago but got in against unbeatable rivals; the winner, Reverse, was recently close by in a stake and the runner up, Sassy Ombre, came back to win; she dropped all the way down to he $10,000 mark last time but her speed trip was ineffective on that surface and the second favourite stalked and put her away; she remains a factor.
SWEET RHAPSODY beat non winners of two on the front end two starts ago and was in complete control; she was moved over to turf at a higher level last time where she had the lead late but finally finished third; she gets back down in value on Tapeta and does meet up with other speed sources here.
MISS BAO TO U has had two explosive wins in her last three approaches and both wins came as the heavy favourite; she won at Fort Erie last time for just $3,000 with a significant late advance.
TRABACIOUS dropped down two starts ago and offered a speed style but stopped; with Hernandez aboard last time with a further drop, she went all the way to win easily for $6,250; with the move up in value, she encounters some other speed here belonging to Ginger Candy and Sweet Rhapsody; Hernandez is off to ride Lake Marion and Campbell takes over.
LAKE MARION had a booming off the pace win at seven furlongs two starts ago and did her best running when she removed herself from the rail; most recently for $19,000 on turf, she closed belatedly when Sweet Rhapsody was better in third.
THALIAS FIRE made a big run on the outside last time at a route for $9,500 to be second narrowly beaten; she ran the same type of race two starts ago; she now backs up to seven furlongs.


LISTENLINDALISTEN is the speed of the race; she competed on turf in early July in the Damsel and gave up the lead desperately late; is a better runner now; she subsequently won the Passing Mood under the lights August 2nd in a race that came off the grass and the troubled, Silver Sonet, was third; most recently, she had a much easier time of it at a route where she dominated the pace and a late running Kadley had energy in third; she competes for Conrad Farms and goes for Mark Casse and Husbands rides.
SILENT SONET a homebred for Ivan Dalos, looked good when winning on the turf July 8th even though she ducked in a little at the end; most recently, she went in as the 2-5 favourite in the Passing Mood Stakes, an event that came off turf and was run at seven furlongs on a Wednesday evening; she could not get ample space at the top of the stretch and when room did materialize, she was unable to gain to her full capacity; she is back on turf now which looks to be her best footing and she competes for Nick Gonzalez; she stretches to a mile.
CINDERVELLA was in the Eternal Search Stakes as perhaps a viable second choice to the winner, Listenlindalisten last time but she visibly hung with a furlong to go and finished fourth; she now goes to the grass for Annecchini & D’Alimonte for Mike De Paulo.
RED CABERNET competes for the Piano Bar and won on turf to take a maiden score in June and most recently was an ok fourth when closing belatedly on turf; she stretches to a mile for Ian Black.
HAILEY’S PRIZE was hoping to get Black Type last time in the Eternal Search Stakes but she let a couple of spaces slip away deep in the stretch and had to settle for fourth when Listenlindalisten was the winner; she raced well the only time she tried turf for Terra Racing Stable.
KADLEY competed in the Eternal Search Stakes and came up the rail at the end closing significant ground to take third money when Listenlindalisten was the winner; this will be her second
trip to turf and she handled it well two starts ago against some tough older rivals and the runner up from that race has done particularly well in the interim; she competes for Teresa Gierkink and Ron Gierkink.
DEESSE NIKE was a stakes winner at Fort Erie last time in the Molson, an event that came off the grass; she produced the best rally to make it two wins in a row on the dirt; she raced here on turf earlier when she was in a learning mode; she competes for Julie Belhumeur, Melissa Girard & James Perron.
LISA’S ESCARPMENT did well in the Lady Angela on Tapeta to be fourth and then was third last time in a route when she stalked in traffic; she now gets over to the turf, a footing she worked over September 6th in 49.1 for John K. Caulfield.


ESPIRITUGANADOR was traveling too quickly on the pace two starts ago and faltered late in fourth when Shanty Town was second; he used an off the pace technique last time but couldn’t close effectively; the runner up has come back to win.
POMMELIN has not been a factor to date but does get to drop significantly and add lasix in hopes of a wake up here going long on Tapeta.
CHIEF JOSEPH couldn’t find his way in a turf sprint for $20,000 in his opener and finished eighth beaten fifteen lengths; a more gradual approach will be rewarded here and that gives him more of a chance with a drop in value and switch to Tapeta around two turns; Campbell takes over and blinkers are added.
DETROIT STEEL started a run from fifth last time and while he was seventh at the end, he wasn’t beaten far; the extension around two turns is quite a reach for him.
HESASHREWDDUDE went from a seven furlong race where he hung to a route last time where he also hung; he had every chance to move in that race and ran adequately but was on the edges.
GRAND POOBAH had an awkward departure from the gate last time then was reserved in a tough spot and had little left for the stretch drive when Red Bo was much better in fourth.
RED BO had run so well off the claim August 6th that another big race was expected last time and he finished fourth in a difficult situation with a jump in value; he now comes down for $8,000 which makes him an obvious contender.
SHANTY TOWN rated inside last time and made his move but was simply fourth beaten four lengths when dropped for $10,000; he rates a look with these.
DOSTOYEVSKY was at a route at Fort Erie two starts ago at this price when giving up the lead late; he didn’t do as well there on turf last time.
THORNLEY was aggressive on the pace when dropped down last time and fought it out with the eventual second place finisher then slipped back; he had continued on more willingly in his previous event when facing better; he does have some minor appeal.
EMPTY THREATS showed some life from the furlong marker home in his previous event but last time, was done by the top of the stretch; Contreras is brought back after a one race absence and he was aboard for his positive effort of two starts ago.

RACE #10

HIPP SMITT is a very quick individual and at six furlongs last time, he was on the lead late and finally finished a tight fourth with Bold Hope second and Undercover Cat third; he comes off the shelf for Scott Fairlie and travels from the rail post and is one of several speed runners in the race.
SOUPER FLY OVER was brought here July 21st but was simply second best behind a preferred runner who was debuting and he reported in second; second time out, he was heavily backed and romped; he has established himself as a sharp sprinter here and handled this distance well last time when taking that sharp maiden score; he faces many here who are multiple winners.
ETHANOL is a handy type because of his ability to run from off the pace and this race features some stout speed rivals; he won with a late move for $32,000 last time and posted a quick clocking for this distance.
SINGANDCRYINDUBAI was sharp in his opening pair on Tapeta then went to turf and was second best; most recently, he romped with the edition of blinkers; he gets back to Tapeta here and he does encounter other speed types.
BOLD HOPE departs consecutive out of the money finishes on turf and comes back to Tapeta at six furlongs where he ran so strongly in a first allowance race July 8th when beaten a nose.
UNDERCOVER CAT was third at six furlongs two starts ago when Bold Hope was three lengths better in second; he was fanned outside in his latest in a key race from which the third and fourth place finishers have come back to win.
FIRST PREMIO campaigned twice in October of 2016 on the synthetic surface at Dundalk in Ireland finishing third in his opener and then winning second time out; he moves to the
stable of Team Valor and he has been here under the care of Mark Casse where he has posted some fast times at five furlongs getting ready for his North American bow which comes with lasix added; he faces many multiple winners.
THREE RING CIRCUS has dedicated himself to turf in recent events and had a second place finish at this level two starts ago when he had an excusable journey; most recently, he was responsible for a hot pace and then faltered; Boulanger rides.
AARONIC BLESSING ran at six furlongs two starts ago with front end speed and finished third against the very difficult, Majestic Slew; he went against Pink Lloyd in the Shepperton
last time and had the early lead only.
WHO’S GOT IT will shorten to six furlongs and ran well at this distance back in July when second best; he was awarded a win July 8th when interfered with in the stretch but his comeback race was below par; Wilson now rides.
KAILI’S BIG BOY has dedicated himself to turf racing and had a nice third two outings ago when Singandcryindubai was second; he now comes to Tapeta and worked quickly on this surface August 13th in 46.3.

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