06/11/2007 11:00PM

Black Watch soft choice in a do-over


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A fierce rainstorm hit Woodbine late last Friday afternoon, which led to the cancellation of the ninth and final race on the card. That grass race, a $62,500 allowance and optional claimer, has been rescheduled for Thursday and is the feature on the nine-race program.

Black Watch was the lukewarm 7-2 favorite when Friday's race was called off. A deep closer, he was claimed for a bargain $20,000 in April at Gulfstream by trainer Chantal Paquette from trainer Todd Pletcher. Black Watch won that one-mile grass race by three lengths, with a Beyer Speed Figure of 80.

Last time out, in a first-level allowance at Woodbine on the Polytrack, Black Watch mounted a powerful wide rally from 20 lengths back to win going away.

Dino Luciani retains the mount on Black Watch, who breezed a half-mile in a bullet 47.40 seconds on the turf training course Sunday.

Wherethewestbegins was the 9-2 second choice Friday before the cancellation. Owned by Pin Oak Stable, he joined trainer Malcolm Pierce's string earlier this year, and won a six-furlong allowance on the Polytrack May 6.

Other possibilities in the one-mile headliner are Estevan, Another Ascot, His Smoothness, My Imperial Dancer, and Mr. Zulu.

Estevan won the Labeeb Stakes when it was run on the dirt in 2005. Last fall, he finished second to Just Rushing in that same listed race, when it was on the Polytrack.

Estevan, who never fired in a pair of dirt races earlier this spring in Florida, is a two-time winner in nine starts over Woodbine's turf course.

Another Ascot won an Ontario-sired allowance and the restricted Vice Regent Stakes on the local lawn last summer. He has worked regularly over the turf in the interim.

His Smoothness is making his first start of the year and has a history of firing when fresh. Following an extended layoff here last September, he won a seven-furlong turf allowance race at 49-1.

My Imperial Dancer has won twice on the grass from three starts, which includes a front-running allowance score last June.

Mr. Zulu got good last September, when he won a conditioned claimer and a mile allowance on the grass. After a winter break, he finished far back in a tough optional claimer May 25.