06/15/2009 11:00PM

Casse maiden ideally spotted


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Judging by the company she's been keeping, Wiggle and a Wink seems poised to earn her diploma in Thursday's first race, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden event for fillies and mares.

Wiggle and a Wink wintered with trainer Mark Casse at Santa Anita, where she was a minor player in three starts on turf and Pro-Ride. She ran a winning race in her first Woodbine appearance this year, in which she surrendered a clear lead in the stretch to Woodsmoke, who has since won the Fury and Alywow stakes.

Most recently in a six-furlong maiden special worth $65,000, Wiggle and a Wink wound up fourth behind the sharp favorite Careless Jewel. The runner-up, Tapenade, came right back to graduate, and the third-place finisher, Indian Apple Is, returned to take a maiden special with an 80 Beyer Figure.

Wiggle and a Wink has worked five-eighths twice since her last race, and is taking a subtle drop in class to a B-level maiden special with a $38,300 purse on Thursday. Patrick Husbands, Woodbine's leading rider, has the mount.

Danciger was claimed from Casse for $50,000 on May 17, when she ran second as the favorite in a seven-furlong sprint. In her debut for trainer Stuart Simon, a six-furlong maiden special June 3, Danciger rallied with the aid of an outside bias to finish a close third.

Jim McAleney picks up the mount on the Kentucky-bred Danciger.

Amazing Miss figures to lead the way along the inside under Justin Stein, who was aboard for her game runner-up placing May 20. She battled up front with two rivals while four wide in that 5 1/2-furlong dash, and only weakened in the final 70 yards.

Amazing Miss was also second two starts back in a five-furlong maiden special on the dirt at Fort Erie. She worked a half-mile over the turf training course in 47.60 seconds on June 7 for trainer Richard Morden.

Silencium was fifth behind Amazing Miss after a four-wide stalking trip when she came off a six-month layoff May 20. She's donning blinkers for the first time, a successful angle for trainer Brian Lynch.

Snow Patches has been posting above-average works for trainer Malcolm Pierce, who has impressive numbers with first-time starters.

Clear Lake and Spend Now and Save are the protagonists in the only other non-claiming race on the card, a maiden special route for Ontario-sired females.