Updated on 09/15/2011 1:04PM

A CLOSER LOOK at Woodbine races on 9/22


Has run some good races recently and with another he should be competitive in this spot; he has non-winning tendencies with so many seconds and they often come when he is in contention for the win; would want to include in the exotics and he will probably give you fair value for the chances.


Has come alive since the turn of summer and is one of the promising runners for today if the reclaim is ready with no recent activity; he does not seem to care for it wet, but he can be tough under better conditions; contender.


Has started to come around and was a timely claim for the other Armata producing a win in his first start for them in an improved performance; he could well make it a threepeat so long as another good race is forthcoming; contender though playing now if you have missed him the last couple of times ... but he matches up favorably.

Like A Rocket

Newcomer from the west starts for the first time here; he was an easy winner against probably easier last time; could be well situated and the barn does well with repeaters and new runners; wonder what the price might be?

Matter Of Love

Equipment changes can be catalysts to big changes in performance and sometimes it takes a "mulligan" or two; he has freshened with a sharp work, already has a win in this condition, is probably fast enough and should be taken seriously; reportedly gets Lasix and if it is the first time he wins, but for him it could be second time; has to be seriously regarded!

-Steve Zacks

Has found a second lease on life with the switch of barns and to FE where he has been sharpening up in his recent races with a turf win, his first, last time; he should be contentious in this one and is a real threat from on or off the pace.

Rajab's Dancer

Has won three races this year from lower claimer to entry-level allowance; he could not handle either the competition or the slop last time and maybe that race is best discounted; would have preferred a work or something since his latest but he looks as if he could run well enough the way the race sets up if he can run his best race.

Bold n' Fancy

Was in the right place at the right time in the Elgin and took advantage of the WO habit of a bunch of supposedly logical runners not showing up all at the same time; he was primed and ready and he got the money, honey! that was a slow race and if one or two of the others do run today, he might not be so lucky, and then again one must also decide if he will or will not show up; hoping he is bet to play against.


Thought we noticed something last time and would get really interested at 4- or 5-1 if he was sporting a "figure-eight" today; he was returning from a long layoff and he is back in at the same class -based on the purse basis of evaluating class- and looks to be the most logical though he may need a pace in front of him to run his race unless his last has him really sharp; contender.

-Steve Zacks


Went from a win in a similar race to an okay race in a much tougher spot against more accomplished runners and certainly did not disgrace himself considering though he never did threaten; he is in a better spot here and if he can repeat his penultimate effort he will be a lot closer than he was last time; a player though he might need an improved race to win.

Canajun Cajun

AE will get to run farther than before and he will need to run better than in the past; hard to explain his latest and he will need to show more if he is to duplicate his upset.

Closer Tothe Heart

AE is one who would probably be happy to see the race come off as he does his running on dirt and is at his best over wet surfaces; will keep in the mix and if the race comes up will look at him seriously.


AE is another who might be better off if the race came off the grass as he has been more effective to date on the dirt; his better turf races have come against easier and he is likely to have a tough time of it ... though the grass win did come at this distance.

Kendall Point

MTO and second runner from the England entry would be going turf to dirt if he gets to run; how the track is playing and who stays in will be a major factor in determining his chances; he may find the pace and the outside trip a bit of a problem; contender with some reservations until more is known.

-Steve Zacks

Was in action a couple of weeks ago but her form continued to slide as she was outrun under Jones in an easier event; she was 4th to Cafe Dancer in this race last year but is an outsider in this year's renewal.

Signs of Glory

Red-hot mare racked up three consecutive wins in July and August including an exciting score at this track in which she had some tough traffic trouble until very late but was well handled by her rider to get the win; she just missed keeping the streak alive in her latest on the grass at the Fort and she loves the turf-to-dirt move; in a competitive field, she cannot be ignored.

To Dy Fore

Stretch runner might not have a lot of pace to chase but she comes into this race in top form as she won her latest with a devastating stretch rally; she moves up several class levels to try this restricted stakes race; in tough.

-Jennifer Morrison

Fort Erie based filly switched back to the dirt for a maiden race at that track and she won handily over a field of colts; this is a much, much tougher task as she tries a new distance (her dam was a better sprinter) and jumps up to a Grade 1 race; can't recommend.

Happy to Be Home

Looked good in her debut win and has picked up minor shares in stakes events since then; she should love the longer distance as her dam's only win came at a route distance and this gal has indicated some closing power; a recent 6 furlong workout was sizzling; consider.


Awesome maiden winner had a month off after that race before the Muskoka Stakes but she was a bit flat in that race as a heavy favourite and the running time was on the slow side; her dam was 2nd in the prestigious Princess Elizabeth Stakes as a 2yo at this distance and that is encouraging as she seeks a bounce-back; Kabel takes over from the apprentice; threat.

Chase Gap

$1.8 million yearling purchase looks like a promising filly and the fact that her trainer has sent her north (with all the concern about transportation delays etc.) after just one race, is very encouraging; her dam excelled at long distances and was a stakes winner in route races; her lone start earned her about a 75 Beyer Figure; there is a lot of speed in the race so she will have to be relaxed early; major player.


Undefeated miss gets a big test as she stretches out but she handled her first big test - the Debutante - very well thank you, as she shrugged off the well-hyped Jealous Forum in the stretch and the 3rd place finisher has come back to romp in one of the Natalma Stakes divisions; she's bred to perhaps prefer sprinting and the pace will be hot in this race, b ut so far, she hasn't done anything wrong.

Fle'che Rouge

Adds Lasix for her 2nd start and this gal had a good debut race when she darted to a clear lead on the turn and led until deep stretch but she was finally caught by a long-striding Divine Rockette; she has a sprinter's pedigree and other speed to worry about.

Divine Rockette

One of 2 gals in the field by the sire, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at this distance; this miss was a huge overlay in her debut race (she had worked very quickly at a 2yo sale this spring) and she was well ridden that day as she rated inside of the leaders, angled out in the stretch and rallied in time; her trainer has been red-hot recently and this gal should enjoy the longer distance; major player.

Honest Deceiver

$400,000 yearling is a full sister to millionaire Yes It's True, a top-notch sprinter who was 0 for 4 at route distances; this gal won her first 2 starts but then lost as the favourite last time and the top 2 finishers were reportedly claiming types; her speed will be tested from this wide post at the longer distance.

-Jennifer Morrison

Has not run a bad race on the main track and he looked like a strong one last time as he glided up to rivals while 4 wide on the turn and he had his head in front in late stretch but was outfinished; he shortens up and has the speed of Endeavor to chase; threat.

B. Nile

Loves this distance and didn't mind the slop last time either as he zoomed to the lead and widened over non-winners of 3; with that long awaited win out of the way, he jumps up to the allowance class and will be looking to out-gun Endeavor for the lead.

-Jennifer Morrison