08/16/2004 11:00PM

Bold Arctic Ice goes longer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bold Arctic Ice, unbeaten in two starts this year, will try to stretch her speed from five to seven furlongs in Thursday's Woodbine feature, a second-level allowance for fillies and mares on the grass.

Bold Arctic Ice, trained by Robert Martin for owner-breeder Linda Mason, won her maiden against Ontario-sired opponents in her 10th career outing June 23.

She shortened up from six to five furlongs July 25, in the Rainbow Connection Stakes at Fort Erie, and was a comfortable winner over a good field of Ontario-sired runners. Her final time of 58.40 seconds translated into a Beyer Figure of 81.

Bold Arctic Ice hit the board in all three of her seven-furlong attempts last year, which included a third-place finish in the restricted Passing Mood Stakes. Gerry Olguin retains the mount.

Cruising Executive, who won the 2003 Passing Mood in an upset, is one of two other stakes winners in Thursday's feature, along with Ariel's Melody.

Trained by Phil England, Cruising Executive had a third and a fourth in easier allowance company earlier in the meeting, but she has struggled in her last two starts, both at this level. A wide stalking trip going a mile led to her downfall most recently, as she trailed in a 10-horse field.

Ariel's Melody captured the Victoriana Stakes two years ago, but hasn't found the mark in 12 starts since that Ontario-sired event.

Ariel's Melody was second to future stakes winner My Lordship in her season opener, and she failed to hit the board in her last two appearances. Trainer Steve Attard, who is in the midst of a productive meeting, is taking the blinkers off her.

Winner Takes All, a New York invader trained by John Kimmel, is in mediocre dirt form. Her lone grass attempt, early in the year at Gulfstream, resulted in a third-place finish in a five-furlong allowance.

Winner Takes All is by the sire Hennessy and out of stakes winner Song of Africa, who finished third over this course in the 1998 Royal North Handicap.

Moment of Peace won her turf debut going a mile in a June 2 first-level allowance. She subsequently ran third in the 6 1/2-furlong Ontario Damsel Stakes, leaving the two favorites in her wake.

Moment of Peace failed to stay 1 1/4 miles in the Wonder Where Stakes last out, finishing well back after pressing the pace.

Neblina competed out of her conditions three weeks ago, when fifth in her first grass start in an $80,000 optional claimer.