05/29/2005 11:00PM

Bold Clover giving turf another try


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Bold Clover will experiment again on the grass in the hunt for her third straight victory in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a one-mile allowance for 3-year-old fillies.

All three of Bold Clover's wins have come in claiming races on the main track. She captured her second 2-year-old start in slow time against $40,000 maidens July 29, and subsequently finished a nonthreatening fifth in the allowance prep for the Natalma Stakes. After a layoff, Bold Clover trailed the field in the restricted Victorian Queen Stakes in October.

Bold Clover resurfaced against $40,000 claimers April 24, and she overcame traffic problems in the stretch to prevail by a half-length. Most recently, on May 11, she defeated $50,000 foes while getting her second straight Beyer Speed Figure of 58.

Bold Clover's lone turf attempt came against some quality opposition in the Natalma prep, and she deserves another chance on grass. Apprentice Emma Wilson retains the mount for owner/trainer Laurie Silvera.

Completing the field are Good as Gold, Warm Rain, Ca Ching the Green, How'dyougetsofly, and Athenia's Rose. Among them, only Athenia's Rose has competed on turf.

Good as Gold wasn't a factor in either of her allowance outings

in May. She is a half-sister to Branksome Hall, who placed in several turf stakes, including the Wonder Where and La Prevoyante.

Jono Jones, a very capable grass rider, will get a leg up from trainer Bev Buck on Good as Gold.

Warm Rain graduated in a six-furlong maiden special two weeks ago in her second appearance. A daughter of Lil's Lad, she has little turf breeding but could be a speed threat under apprentice Corey Fraser. Trainer Bob Tiller possesses good stats with his first-time turf and sprint-to-route runners.

Ca Ching the Green wound up fourth in a two-turn allowance when she returned from a winter break May 7. She breezed a half-mile around the dogs in 49.40 seconds over the turf training course last Friday, and is out of a Green Dancer mare who banked $114,698 on turf.

How'dyougetsofly won her maiden by three lengths going seven furlongs May 12, and has drilled five-eighths in 1:02.40 over the grass in the interim. Her sire, Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic, has produced five turf debut winners from 37 starters, and has a respectable overall turf record of 15 wins from 105 starts.

Athenia's Rose stalked the pace before fading to end up sixth against older allowance opposition on the grass May 18.

* The pick seven carryover is $2,634.