05/12/2002 11:00PM

All signs point to Exclusive Run


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Going by the result of Saturday's Grade 3 Eclipse Handicap, Exclusive Run should be dangerous in Wednesday's eighth at Woodbine, an $80,900 allowance for non-winners of $45,180 other than maiden or claiming in 2002.

An accomplished group of six older runners was drawn for the seven-furlong dash, which was originally carded for the portion of last Friday's card cancelled because of high winds.

Exclusive Run was third as the odds-on favorite in the 1 1/16-mile allowance prep for the Eclipse. Lil Personalitee, who edged Exclusive Run for second in that April 27 race, came back to win the Eclipse at 10-1, beating 2001 Canadian champions A Fleets Dancer and Win City.

Exclusive Run was claimed for a hefty $80,000 in October by trainer Mike Wright Jr. on behalf of Fleethouse Stable. He hit the board in both of his November outings here in allowance company, and then spent the winter in Maryland.

Exclusive Run was a distant fourth in his first Laurel appearance Jan. 21 in the Native Dancer Handicap. He benefited from a slow pace and won a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer by a neck 11 days later, earning a whopping 110 Beyer Speed Figure.

Exclusive Run has hit the board in all three of his starts at seven furlongs, and shouldn't mind shortening up in distance on Wednesday. Steven Bahen retains the mount.

Completing the eighth-race lineup are Grand End Sweep, with Mickey Walls aboard; Ice Water, Gerry Olguin; Dawson's Legacy, Dino Luciani; Geraint, Jake Barton; and Runaway Love, Emile Ramsammy.

Geraint, who went on an early-season tear in 2001, comes off a surprising third-place finish behind favored Wake at Noon and Grade 1 winner Exciting Story in his season debut in the Grade 3 Vigil Handicap. Catherine Day-Phillips trains the late-blooming Geraint, who earned a career high Beyer of 100 second time out last year.

Runaway Love beat Exclusive Run while taking a seven-furlong allowance last November. A son of Regal Classic, Runaway Love usually does his optimum running in the fall, but could be a speed threat here with blinkers off.

Dawson's Legacy, second in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has not won in 17 starts, since 1999, and is returning from a 5 1/2-month layoff.

Ice Water had a long overdue win in his first start of the meet, in an $80,000 optional claimer on April 20.

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