09/02/2001 11:00PM

Cardellapair take step up


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sea Dog and Jarret's Odyssey, who ran first and second while coupled in a recent $32,000 event, will both step up in price in Wednesday's second race at Woodbine.

A field of 13, including main-track-only entrant Premier's Turn, has been assembled for the $40,000 claimer, which will be run at six furlongs on the grass.

Sea Dog was competitive throughout the spring, despite breaking poorly on several occasions. He got a whopping Beyer Speed Figure of 93 in winning a $25,000 dash for nonwinners of two May 18, and found the mark in his fourth try at the nonwinners-of-three condition when trainer John Cardella put him on the grass last time. Bold Hunter, the fourth-place finisher then, came back to win an open $32,000 claimer last Friday.

Jarret's Odyssey gave Cardella a sweep of first and second money when he closed to finish just 1 1/4 lengths back of Sea Dog in the May 18 race. He was claimed that day by trainer Mike Wright Jr., and will be coupled in an entry with Bo Naskra in this spot.

Jarret's Odyssey rallied wide from off a tepid pace to end up third against $40,000 foes going three-quarters in his penultimate outing. He is versatile in terms of running style, and could lay closer to the early fractions this time.

Rounding out the field for Wednesday's contentious second race will be Maple Run, Prideofthecoombe, Spring Barley, Tailor's Thread, Hawk in Sight, Spoticus, Rushiscomingup, Ells End and Transferred.

Tailor's Thread should be the controlling speed while dropping from a $62,500 optional claimer, in which he set slow fractions before weakening in the drive to end up third.

Tailor's Thread captured his next to last start at this price, when he ran six furlongs in a rapid 1:09.40. A versatile 8-year-old, Tailor's Thread has won 18 of 65 starts on dirt and turf while banking $458,659. Ross Armata trains.

Prideofthecoombe comes off a third-place finish going a mile in a tough $40,000 starter, and was previously second to Tailor's Thread at this level. He hasn't been worse than fourth in seven outings this year for trainer Larry Attard.

Rushiscomingup, victorious in the 1998 Nearctic Handicap on dirt, has notched one of his five career starts on the grass for trainer Paul Buttigieg. He dueled up front before giving way to a closing Solicitation when second in a $32,000 turf dash Aug. 1.