Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Thursday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Thursday morning AEST. Selections by Jim Bannon - the eight race Australian broadcast commences at 8.45am AEST on Sky Racing2 and from 9.14am AEST on Sky Racing1


TYPICALLY attracted a claim two starts ago for $25,000 when she was rushing along the inside at seven furlongs on the lawn ending fourth beaten less than a length; she went to seven furlongs on Tapeta last time where she kept her positive form when just in behind the runner up Cobra Sophia and she reported in fourth; she gets back to turf.
QUINN AND TONIC has tried much tougher in both of her races to date; her speed approach didn’t work in her debut; second time out, she was awkward out of the gate and was wide into the turn; she is hoping for a smoother journey with the sharp drop for $32,000 and a switch to Boulanger; she goes farther.
DIAMOND VISION was on Tapeta last time where she got in behind rivals and then moved up inside from the second flight and was finally third for $19,000; she tries tougher here and moves to turf.
TWENTYTWENTYCREST was going first time since being claimed by Don MacRae at ten furlongs on
grass last time; she was a solid second giving the impression that even more room would be helpful; she gets less room here at just a mile but does get to drop in for a tag.
CALAIS COVE showed little first time out at a short distance but is thoroughly bred for turf top and bottom and the extra distance and the drop in value should help.
TREASURE FINDER was in for only $15,000 when she debuted and broke behind; she is bred for turf and is up in value for a chance to get onto the turf.
LYLA D is getting her first start since July 30th when she was out of the money at Fort Erie; she had raced here on turf earlier.
CONQUEST RAPIDUNO was in at six furlongs on turf last time when she rallied from far back and overcame trouble in the stretch to be second; she is up in value and out in distance.
COBRA SOPHIE competed on Tapeta at seven furlongs last time with a bold second place finish when Typically was fourth; it is just a case of now moving over to turf and she does have some grass in her pedigree; the longer distance should help.


JIMMIES TRUCK stalled three furlongs from home last time for $9,500 and finished ninth in a disappointing development; she had been in the money in four consecutive events and a couple of those came with Contreras aboard and he is sticking with this one.
COURTISINSESSION was moved from the Minshall stable after his last race and now competes for Marilyn Johnston and will drop down for this event in search of his first win of the campaign; he returns from time off.
ONE FOR JACK took the drop to this level last time at seven furlongs and made his move but was unable to continue in contention over the last furlong; he shortens in distance for this event.
SCHLOSS SCHNEEBERG had the perfect trip and the best result two starts ago when defeating non winners of two; most recently against non winners of three, he did not get into the fight in a race where, One For Jack, was fourth.
BLUTARSKY was facing key opponents last time for $9,500 and was driving along the inside and finished fourth; Hernandez returns after a one race absence and had a good result with this one two starts ago.
NEVER WORN was an unlucky second here August 16th when arguably the best horse; he gambled on getting through along the inside and then was impeded in mid stretch and had to settle for second; a subsequent race at Fort Erie left him a distant fourth against a dominant winner.
SHOT FOR SHOT had a wide and ineffective trip last time when in for $6,000; he gets the outside post here.


YORK RANGER has had a variety of circumstances work against him in a series of races and has landed on the edges at higher levels; he gets a quick comeback for the drop for $10,000; he draws the difficult rail post after a useful run last time where he was beaten only two lengths; Boulanger takes over.
MILWAUKEE FLASH attracted a claim two starts ago and for new interests last time, was behind in double digits at a route at this price; he shortens to a sprint.
REIMAGINED was doing well at this level earlier then went to a protected race on turf and most recently, was in for $19,000 at this distance on Tapeta when beaten only two lengths; the second, third and tenth place finishers have all come back to win; getting in for $10,000, makes him a threat again.
NORRIS LAKE ran strongly in his previous event but not so well last time when ninth beaten five lengths at this distance for $19,000 when, Reimagined, was about three lengths better in fourth; he returns from a freshening and should enjoy the drop in value.
YOU KNOW JACK has committed to route races in recent events; in his last start for $19,000, he set the early pace but faltered; he uses the turn back angle here; the fourth place finisher from that race has since won.
ARIZONA BABY has developed nice form the past while with a good race here for $9,500 last time at six furlongs when closing from the outside; she must run farther here.
SPECIAL CONCOCTION came off the shelf for his second race following a claim August 26th and he ran a peak race for Norm McKnight with a win near the pace at six and a half furlongs for $9,500; he comes from the outside here now facing non winners of three races.


FLIRTIN FOR CERTIN came off the shelf July 30th to run short at Fort Erie and finished third beaten only two lengths while taking support; this will be just her third start of the year.
BIRDIE NUM NUMS was entered earlier but will go in this spot instead; she makes her way back to Woodbine after considerable time away at other tracks; she did win a short race earlier this season and goes five furlongs here.
LOUISE THE LASER was in against a key winner last time and offered speed but backed away; lasix is added for the drop today.
SPANISH TRICK has been dedicated to the Fort Erie meeting the past while on turf and had a couple of wins earlier but has been out of the money in her last pair.
SPLENDID GLORY is without a win in recent years; her sharp early speed against a key winner last time, was obvious but she didn’t stay the trip in contention.
X SQUARED was out of the money on turf two starts ago and then was dropped down last time where she attended the pace for $9,500 but that was a key race and she backed away and, Capture Your Heart, was better in sixth.
CAPTURE YOUR HEART had a win for $7,500 two starts ago and opted to go up in value last time where she got in a pace fight with a winner who was dropping down and she lost the early battle and finished just on the edges; she leaves that key race and drops for $6,000 and shortens by a furlong and a half to go just five furlongs.
SPLASHY GIRL had a win within her grasp at Fort Erie last time but it slipped away and she finished second best; she looks for her second win of this campaign.
STARSHIP SABRINA was claimed for not much more than this last November and she had a couple of nice wins at elevated levels this summer; she had a tentative approach last time on turf; after that out of the money finish, she plunges for successful connections to go for $6,250 with Husbands still aboard; the eighth place finisher from that last race, Pulled The Goalie, has come back to win.
LADY OF MORAY has been a factor on the pace at Fort Erie lately and took a win there two starts ago; she is seeking her eleventh lifetime win; she ejoys short distances.
BEEZIE is without a win in recent years; she dropped in for $6,000 last time but once again, was unable to match the speed of the best ones.


IMAGE OF LUCY had a clever win second time out when going from a sprint to a route at a low
level for Ron Sadler; she now jumps in value and Husbands gives her a vote of confidence at this vastly tougher level.
BILKY BLUZ last competed July 26th when she opted for pace making duties when the fractions were slow but she faltered then stopped in the same race where New Sensation was second; she comes off the shelf here.
NEW SENSATION is a logical closer to consider given the speed of Princess Royal and Dawnmino;
she had two wins in a row then got into a tougher contest and finished second and was third last time when the winner was very strong on the front end in an allowance race for non winners of two other than maiden or claiming; she now takes a class drop against Ontario sire/claiming types.
DAWNMINO executed the sprint to route angle perfectly for high percentage trainer Lorne Richards
last time when she was the only authentic speed in the race and she persisted when the late pace weakened; she has Princess Royal beside her in the gate to fuel the pace today.
PRINCESS ROYAL has fought many big pace fights this season and did win a race early in the season going long on Tapeta; she has been on turf for a series of races and may well appreciate coming back to this footing.
LOVIN SPOON PHIL competed against some of these last time and while she was only fifth, she continued to try through the stretch in a good effort while Miss Mandate was in third.
VIVA FOREVER took a big edge to win for just $10,000 on Tapeta two starts ago then went to turf last time where she was gaining late in the race; she is hoping to use that type of late power here .
BRIGHTER IDEAS had a troubled journey two starts ago when claimed; she moved to the $40,000 mark
last time for a maiden contest where she had an eye catching run in the last three and a half furlongs to dominate that group; with Boulanger riding, New Sensation today, Mosqueira takes over in this tougher spot.
MARCHERDOWNTHEALLY had a great chance to win two starts ago sprinting on turf but missed narrowly; she was third when the winner had a key performance while sprinting on turf last time; she goes long on Tapeta here.
MISS MANDATE competed against some of these last time on turf and ran strongly from a three wide position at the top of the stretch; she did win on Tapeta back in June and remains a factor.


ATHELSTANE comes in from Presque Isle where he was a competitive fourth last time at six and a half furlongs on the synthetic surface there with a late move; the winner has come back to score and the third place finisher, Copperplate, was a former Woodbine runner who was stakes placed here earlier this year.
ULTRAFLAME won off the claim for Robert Tiller on turf August 2nd with a late run to catch the speed; most recently, he had an aggressive move to catch up with the speed of the eventual fifth place finisher but then he couldn’t guard the lead at the last moment and was second; he stretches to seven furlongs and likes the distance.
DASH OF DAZZLE had a rare win two starts ago and kept Ultraflame behind him; most recently, he was last into the stretch in a letdown performance.
CUMMINGS ROAD was out of the money on turf two outings ago but gave indications that he was ready to run a big race with the switch is surfaces to Tapeta last time; he finished fourth beaten only three lengths when Ultraflame was second; he stretches to seven furlongs.
SUPER COLEROSA was in the Kenora Stakes when coming off the shelf August 30th and he ran willingly on the turn in contention but was finally fifth; he was in a tie for second the time before when the difficult Constantino won.
MARTEN LAKE has dropped down for recent events and has been a fringe player both on Tapeta and on turf; he was in a pace duel with the eventual seventh place finisher last time and slipped back to fifth; he seeks a breakthrough win with the move to Tapeta.
SLIP KID is certainly one to consider; his initial experience at the meeting was a poor one but his second start at this current session was much better; he finished second for $25,000; he ran thoroughly all the way; he needed a qualifying work recently in 37 to be eligible to run here for Kevin Attard.


TAKE BACK YA POILS has five lifetime wins and each victory has come at a route; she won three starts ago on the dirt at Fort Erie and earlier victories came here; she now goes from a sprint at Fort Erie when out of the money to a route for just $8,000 looking for a wake up.
AUNT SUE was strong here in the spring time and early in the summer when she took a starter event only to be disqualified for interference on the first turn; following some time off, she returned in an unlikely spot where she raced well until the final furlong and then she retreated and Chedington was about four and a half lengths better in that event; that should be the ideal primer for today’s drop for $8,000; improvement is expected.
GABRIELS JOY was out of the money in a route race on dirt in the Molson Stakes last time and the top two finishers were exiting victories; she has won here in the past and can handle the distance.
SIERRA ANGEL is just a two time winner against multiple winners here; she encountered a slow pace last time at a route and finished on the edges.
TEATOE will be going from a sprint to a route in search of her first win of the year; she was competitive for $10,000 at a route just two starts ago and most recently chased home the heavy favourite when sharpening her speed; she rates a look.
PERFECT ELLA took a win here in June for $9,500 when claimed; most recently, she was third in the Molson Stakes at Fort Erie and the top two were coming off victories; she takes a sharp decline here for $8,000 in search of her fourth Woodbine win on the synthetic surface.
ARTICULATE was a winner here for $6,000 back in July when she won a speed contest around two turns; she has been at Fort Erie for her last couple and has been on the edges in positive fashion.
WOLVERINA’S WILLA takes the big drop and goes long on Tapeta here; she has been out of the money in three consecutive races on the Woodbine turf against better than she encounters here.
CHEDINGTON is a logical one and maintains most of her appeal; she was second two starts ago in a starter event on turf; most recently at a route for $19,000, she finished fourth with an inside trip and had Aunt Sue behind her; Boulanger had a win with her earlier and takes over.


AWSOME MOI is a lifetime sprinter, now stretching out; he closed sharply in a recent sprint at six and a half furlongs; Boulanger takes over at the longer distance.
JOIN THE RUSH came off the shelf and went long with a big drop in value August 2nd; he set a very slow pace and the late fractions were strong and he was second best; the winner has come back to be third and the third place finisher has come back to win.
AWESOME FIVE dedicates himself to sprint races but has been overwhelmed by opposition that has been too good for him and now he uses the sprint to route angle with a big drop in value; he has some appeal.
MYSTERION contributed to the pace then disappeared at the quarter pole last time in a six and a half furlong race; he now extends in distance.
WIARTON is a top contender here; his style works well as he can stay on; he scored two starts ago for maiden $16,000 and he was fourth against an overwhelming speed winner last time; he now plunges for $10,000.
BUBBA BOY had an excuse last time as the pace was slow and he was mired inside; Alderson gets the call here and he should be running late; he rates a chance.
BIG DADDY BEAR had a good enough race on turf two starts ago to suggest that he could be a factor last time but the speed nature of that race eliminated him; he gets down at a reduced evaluation and has won going long on Tapeta in the past.
DYNAMITE KID has been freshened since August 2nd when he had a poor race; he was doing well in routes against non winners of two earlier in the year.
R BOOTS HALL didn’t get a chance to run with the cancelation Friday and so enters here on a stretch out after a wide loss; he drops down.
CARELESS WORLD went from a sprint here to a route at Fort Erie last time and that was the formula to win as the heavy favourite.
GORDIE MAC takes the big plunge; he dropped for his latest and got into a hectic pace battle with the winner who was also taking a big drop; he can contribute to the pace here with Hernandez at this low level.
VINTAGE TIME stays on relatively well and had a second place finish last time against a big rallying winner; that race makes him a main contender along with Wiarton.
SHOWING SIN was out of the money here on turf but was in the winner’s circle on the turf at Fort Erie last time when he took sharp support and marched away from his field.
MARCH TO MY TUNE is as good as most of these and it is just a case of moving forward second time out at the meeting with the big drop; the slow pace structure hurt his chances last time and he is a wake up candidate here from the outside.

Racing at Woodbine on Wednesday evening, Thursday morning AEST, picture Grant Courtney -