10/14/2009 12:00AM

Attfield 3-year-old on improve


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tutti Buona Gente is one of several viable contenders in Friday's featured fourth race at Woodbine, a second-level allowance with a $62,500 claiming option.

Tutti Buona Gente, a 3-year-old trained by Roger Attfield, seemingly has the most upside in the seven-horse field. He graduated third time out in June, and won his second attempt at the first allowance condition July 25.

Tutti Buona Gente was dismissed at 7-1 in the allowance prep for the Ontario Derby on Sept. 6, and he ran the race of his life to finish second. He had a four-wide closing trip over an inside-biased track, and was beaten just 1 1/2 lengths while getting a Beyer Speed Figure of 85.

Tutti Buona Gente didn't appear to be as sharp in the Ontario Derby itself, but he managed to salvage third while leaving several talented rivals in his wake.

Robert Landry will ride Tutti Buona Gente, a homebred owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras.

Salty Langfuhn hasn't been worse than second in six starts this year. Trainer Steve Asmussen claimed him for owner Maggi Moss for $32,000 in the spring of 2008.

Salty Langfuhn won his first two outings this spring, both going short, and was second to the talented 3-year-old Monty's Best in a 1 1/16-mile optional-claiming route July 5. He was a close second in each of his last two races, both at Friday's classification.

Barreling Home edged out Salty Langfuhn for the top spot when he returned from a 14-month absence in a seven-furlong sprint Sept. 20. He has since worked twice on the Polytrack, and is a bounce candidate on Friday.

Red Raffles got a late start to his campaign, and he defeated $32,000 opposition in his second start off the sidelines. Most recently in the restricted Elgin Stakes, he helped to set an honest pace before tiring to fourth behind favored Sand Cove.

The 3-year-olds Parabola and Costalivin have both won a stakes for Ontario-sired runners.

Parabola captured the Kingarvie Stakes in November. His lone win in six starts since then came in an Ontario-sired allowance on the grass.

Costalivin overcame a troubled trip to take the Deputy Minister Stakes in July. Parabola finished fourth in his last race, the Vice Regent Stakes.