09/03/2007 11:00PM

Beenthruthedesert placed in softer spot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Beenthruthedesert was scratched out of two stakes last Monday in favor of Thursday's first race at Woodbine, an Ontario-sired allowance for horses who have not won three races.

Beenthruthedesert, a late-blooming Bold Executive gelding trained by Red Johnson, has made three starts. Debuting in a seven-furlong maiden special July 15, he rallied wide from mid-pack to prevail in 1:23.20, which translated into a respectable Beyer Speed Figure of 76.

Beenthruthedesert met Ontario-sired opposition on the grass Aug. 6, and wound up fourth, before being disqualified and placed 14th for interference at the break. Most recently, in a six-furlong Ontario-sired allowance on the Polytrack, he closed strongly along the rail to prevail by a neck, and received a Beyer Figure of 72.

Beenthruthedesert was entered in two $125,000 stakes for graduates of local yearling sales on Monday, the Elgin and Halton, and would have been a longshot in either spot. He fits nicely at Thursday's condition, and his main obstacle might be 1 1/16-mile distance. Constant Montpellier will break him from post 1.

Also entered in Thursday's feature are Dashing Monty, Rye on the Rocks, No Dilettante, Armed and Hammered, and Beau Run.

Dashing Monty ran second to the talented Red Raffles in his next-to-last outing, which came at Thursday's level and distance. He was recently eighth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in Beenthruthedesert's Aug. 16 triumph.

Rye on the Rocks hit the board in each of his two most recent Polytrack tries, both going 1o1/16 miles. He finished second and fourth the last two times he ran a middle distance on the grass.

No Dilettante is winless in nine appearances at the meeting, but managed to end up second with an 85 Beyer in both of his August starts at Thursday's level. He has a poor route record on the Polytrack. Todd Kabel, replaces the suspended Emile Ramsammy in the irons.

Armed and Hammered is going long for the first time following a third-place finish over six furlongs. He dueled for the lead through fast fractions before weakening. He figures to be the pacemaker under Jono Jones.

Beau Run will probably be lagging behind the field in the early stages before mounting a rally. He has had about five weeks off since a lackluster performance in a slow-paced event that was won by Red Raffles, who subsequently ran second in the Vice Regent Stakes.

* Eight 2-year-old fillies, including Authenicat, will line up in Thursday's supporting feature, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance.