11/19/2008 12:00AM

Attard looking double tough


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Sid Attard will be holding a strong hand in Friday's Woodbine feature when he runs Gantu and You're Funny in the second-level optional claimer at six furlongs.

Gantu, who won 4 of 8 outings in 2007, is surprisingly winless in seven starts this year. He ran a corker in his second start of the meeting, on the grass, in the allowance prep for the Grade 3 Highlander Stakes, finishing second with a Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

Gantu came up empty in the June 22 Highlander itself, but he rebounded with a third-place finish in a tough optional claimer July 5. He missed the board in his next two appearances, and is coming off a runner-up placing in a $100,000 allowance-optional claimer that was won by a sharp Field Commission.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva inherits the mount from the suspended Emma Wilson on Gantu, who is owned by Bob Harvey. Gantu will compete with a $62,500 claiming price.

You're Funny graduated third time out in a relatively weak maiden special in September, and he cleared the first allowance condition in his first attempt Oct. 4, covering six furlongs in a snappy 1:09.80.

You're Funny experimented on the grass most recently at the second allowance category. He set a slow pace in that seven-furlong event before giving way grudgingly to the classy Morada Key, earning his third straight 80-plus Beyer Figure in the process.

Norseman Racing Stable owns You're Funny, who will be ridden by Patrick Husbands.

Bold Nurse is one of the fastest horses on the grounds, and he could take this field a long way on front end.

Both of Bold Nurse's scores this year came early in the meeting in allowance company, and he recently ran the race of his life in the allowance prep for the Kennedy Road Stakes. He set sizzling fractions in that six-furlong dash before ending up a half-length back of victorious Legal Move in fourth, and was awarded a 90 Beyer.

Jono Jones will get a leg up from trainer Mike Doyle on Bold Nurse.

Probation Ready was molded into a useful turf sprinter in the spring at Churchill Downs and was subsequently shipped here to trainer Josie Carroll. He was a nonthreatening fifth in his local debut on the grass, and was recently fourth behind Field Commission and Gantu in his first start on a synthetic surface.

Swinton won a seven-furlong allowance at 27-1 in his last appearance under Gerry Olguin.