11/09/2004 12:00AM

Casse packs one-two punch


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The uncoupled Mark Casse-trained duo of Goldini and New Topper are both logical contenders in Thursday's Woodbine headliner, a mile-and-70-yard allowance for 2-year-olds.

Goldini made his first three starts in Florida under the guidance of trainer Bill White. He overcame a troubled break to finish second when he made his debut in a three-furlong maiden dash April 1 at Gulfstream.

Goldini subsequently won his maiden by five lengths against $20,000 maidens, then finished second for $32,000 at Calder in July. He was turned over to Casse before a one-mile grass allowance here Oct. 23, when he finished third after being blocked in midstretch.

Jim McAleney inherits the mount on Goldini from Patrick Husbands, who is sticking with New Topper.

New Topper, by freshman sire Old Topper, made a splash in his lone start Oct. 11, winning that $62,500 event by eight lengths. His six-furlong time of 1:12.60 translated into a Beyer Figure of 71, the highest in this field.

Old Topper himself was a come-from-behind sprinter, but New Topper is a half-brother to Wild Senorita, a three-time route winner from six starts.

March With Me is the only two-turn winner in the seven-horse field. He showed little in three sprint attempts before a key mile-and-70-yard maiden special Sept. 19, when he finished fourth behind future Cup and Saucer Stakes winner Slew's Saga and the talented Criminal Mind.

March With Me is coming off an authoritative victory in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special, in which he received a Beyer of 65. Audre Cappuccitti owns and trains him.

Trainer Greg de Gannes sends out the entry of Dr. Socrates and Westmoorings. Leading rider Todd Kabel was named on both runners.

Dr. Socrates was most recently second by a neck in a one-mile allowance race Oct. 23 at Woodbine. He won his maiden first time out going five furlongs on the main track, before winding up third in the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes.

Westmoorings has been on hiatus since beating $50,000 maidens July 1. A son of Smart Strike and a Cox's Ridge mare, Westmoorings has ample stamina in his pedigree for the task at hand.

Radical Right has had a break since his narrow win over $62,500 maidens Sept. 18. He is stretching out from five furlongs, and his dam has thrown one route winner from three starters.