11/24/2010 11:52AM

The Boy's Ring sharp for Woodbine allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Boy’s Ring will take a two-race win streak into Friday’s feature at Woodbine Racetrack, a second-level allowance with a $62,500 claiming option which has also lured three stakes winners. The Boy’s Ring, a homebred owned and trained by Paul Buttigieg, has won 3 of 6 starts at the meet, which includes a pair of Ontario-sired allowance victories. His Oct. 6 tally, which followed a summer layoff, came against nonwinners-of-three Ontario-sired stock, and he was awarded a modest 74 Beyer Speed Figure.

The Boy’s Ring took his game to another level most recently, in an open first-level allowance. He tracked the leaders on the outside in that six-furlong sprint, and then took control at the eighth pole before edging away to prevail in 1:09.62. He earned an 85 Beyer, which was just shy of his career high of 86.

The Boy’s Ring has drawn well, post 6, from which he figures to have an outside stalking trip under second-leading rider Patrick Husbands.

Drunken Love’s biggest win came in the $126,200 Shepperton Stakes in 2009. His lone score this year took place at Fort Erie in July, when he captured the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial Stakes for the second year in a row.

Drunken Love showed less speed than usual last time in a 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer, and he was along for second behind Forgetthestorm, who returned to finish fourth in the Grade 3 Kennedy Road Stakes. He was claimed then by trainer Mike Pino, who has enlisted a hot Luis Contreras for the mount on Friday.

If Contreras rates Drunken Love, then D’oro Diablo could inherit a clear early lead. D’oro Diablo was in good form prior to his last outing, during which he stopped abruptly in the stretch after setting a slow pace.

Don’s Folly won the second yearling sales stakes in his career Sept. 6 in the six-furlong Kenora. A stretch-runner, Don’s Folly had a lively pace to run at that was set by Drunken Love. He hasn’t been an impact player in the interim, and is changing riders to Emma Wilson.

Stakes winner Bogue Chitto is competing with a claiming price for the first time since the spring of 2009. He has been on the decline since running two decent races on the grass in the summer.

Rounding out the field are Bear’s Prospector and Sangore.