07/21/2002 11:00PM

Classic Manner regrouping in sprint


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Classic Manner, coming off a disappointing effort in his stakes debut, will try to get back on track in Wednesday's fifth race at Woodbine, a six-furlong entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

Because of his lineage, much was probably expected from Classic Manner before he ever ran. A 4-year-old Regal Classic gelding, he is out of Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes winner Moon Mist, the dam of added-money winners Barlee Mist and Bold Mist.

Classic Manner missed his juvenile season, and won his only 2001 outing by a neck, in a seven-furlong maiden special weight dash on Oct. 28. He resurfaced on April 26, finishing fourth after battling on the lead in a seven-furlong Ontario-sired allowance.

Classic Manner ran a hole in the wind on the front end in his third start, in a six-furlong Ontario-sired allowance. He triumphed by 3 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:09.40, which earned him a whopping Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

Off that effort, trainer Wray Lawrence tried Classic Manner in the Overskate, an Ontario-sire stakes. Sent off as the surprising second choice in the seven-furlong Overskate, Classic Manner pressed the pace along the rail before fading in the stretch to end up 4 1/2 lengths back in seventh.

Woodbine's leading rider, Patrick Husbands, inherits the mount on Classic Manner on Wednesday.

Also entered in Wednesday's fifth race were Deputy Ruler, Love at Sea, First One Out, Whos Twining Who, Thunder Bull, High Wire Glory, Wildisthewind, Calles d'Oro, Southern Chance and Kain's Nijinsky.

The Stronach Stable entry of Thunder Bull and High Wire Glory should be well backed.

Thunder Bull, trained by Malcolm Pierce, raced prominently before weakening in the stretch of a recent turf allowance. His two sprint efforts on the main track this year were both solid.

High Wire Glory, from the Roger Attfield barn, has been absent since he ran fourth over a sloppy strip at this level on May 12, when a slow pace and a speed-favoring track hindered his chances.

Deputy Ruler is also returning from a layoff. Trained by Ross Armata, he notched his second start of the meeting on April 5, in a five-furlong Ontario-sired allowance.

First One Out snapped out of a two-race slump with by running a close second after a five-wide journey in a July 1 allowance. Trained by Mort Hardy, First One Out graduated in a $30,000 claiming race in April.

Southern Chance is out of jail first time off the $40,000 claim by owner/ trainer Audre Cappuccitti, who is confidently boosting him up in value.

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