10/26/2009 11:00PM

Casse doubles up in allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Mark Casse will take two shots at Thursday's third race at Woodbine, when he runs Ruhtro and Canadian Wish in the 1 1/16-mile allowance for 2-year-olds.

Ruhtro graduated nicely second-time out in a turf sprint in August, in which he rallied stoutly from off slow fractions to prevail by a length over Benestar. Ruhtro went on to finish second in the allowance prep for the Grade 3 Summer Stakes, but was only an early factor in the one-mile Summer. He competes around two turns for the first time on Thursday, and possesses the pedigree of a sprinter.

Corey Fraser will ride Ruhtro, who is named after the canine cartoon character Scooby Doo's unique pronunciation of the phrase "uh oh," according to Casse.

Canadian Wish could be favored off a third-place finish in a mile and 70-yard allowance that was won by the unbeaten Hollinger, who returned to win the Cup and Saucer Stakes.

Canadian Wish beat $32,000 maidens going long in his fourth start two races ago, which was his first try with blinkers. Eurico Rosa da Silva will ride him for the first time.

Thunder Ball should be well-backed off his daylight victory Sept. 20 in a mile and 70-yard maiden special, in which he rallied three-wide after getting hung out four-wide on the first turn. He has worked five-eighths three times leading up to this engagement.

Jim McAleney retains the mount on the Reade Baker-trained Thunder Ball.

The Kentucky shipper Beenie has started four times at four different tracks.

Beenie got away slowly before closing belatedly when he debuted over soft turf at Ellis Park in July. He subsequently ran third in a one-mile maiden special on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs, and was also third in a six-furlong maiden special over Turfway's Polytrack.

Beenie is coming off an authoritative maiden score going a mile on the dirt at Mountaineer, but got just a 56 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.

Trainer Mark Hubley has enlisted Patrick Husbands for the mount on Beenie, who is a half-brother to Grade 3 Pennsylvania Derby winner Grand Hombre.

D's Wando had a terrible trip when he finished a distant seventh in Hollinger's Oct. 2 allowance triumph. His lone victory came over seven furlongs on the Polytrack.