Updated on 09/15/2011 2:05PM

A CLOSER LOOK at Woodbine races on 9/26

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1st Woodbine

Warm Expectations

Little gal should take most of the support at the betting windows because she has run well in all 3 of her starts and her rivals have not done much (except for the beginner); she had a stumbling start to her latest and then rushed up to duel 3 wide before tiring; will be very tough to catch.

Surely Shirley

Reportedly gets Lasix and she flashed a bit of speed in her latest but was sent hard from the gate to do so and she soon backed away; it's a weak field so anything is possible but others are more appealing.

Hawk Lake Kitty

Added Lasix and blinkers according to past performance information provided last time but she could not keep up at the short distance and she did not have much late run; the 3rd place finisher is in this field; that most recent race also came on a Wednesday night.

Mist in the Night

First-timer is by a top sprinter who is above average as a debut sire and the mare has produced 6 winners from 7 foals to race (2 for 5 with 2yo winners); this is a 1/2 sister to a multiple SW; she doesn't need to be a world beater to threaten.

Layed Back Charlie

Has begun to pick up a couple of checks and her latest start at Woodbine was not only already her 8th start of the year but that was her 6th different track she has visited; she reportedly gets Lasix and that could lead to some improvement.

Mystery Express

Stretched out 2 furlongs in distance for her 2nd start but after flashing a bit of wide speed, she dropped back; her opener at this distance was so much better and she drops in class; her trainer won with a 2yo at Fort Erie last weekend; for the exactor.

-Jennifer Morrison

2nd Woodbine

Rubian Ridge

If he brings his FE form along with him he could be tough in this one though he will be stepping up both in price and a condition; you will also have to confront a refreshed track surface and who knows what form format; he could get a good positional trip if the inside is okay to good; by no means out of the question.

Jig O' Scotch

The second FE shipper will be stretching out to what may be his best distance (at least that is where he has done his winning) and he will beg the question of whether or not he still remembers what he is supposed to do after two long and winless campaigns; stepping up, it may be best to find another.

Dahl's My High

Has raced only sparingly this season so far and has not done well in his first pair of spaced out races; comes back from another layoff and while he has been working if he does not turn his game around significantly he will not get anything though his finishing position will improve in this compact set.

Echo Landing

Ran a winning race in his comeback race in his second cycle of the year and after two seconds in this condition after that has been freshened again; if he comes back in top form he is likely to be in the hunt for the win; contender.

Judith's Jester

Might have to do some improving if he is to be competitive; he stopped when setting the pace at FE last time and while that recent race could set him up he will need to be at his best or better to stay with these; he does have positional speed and as goes the pace of the race so goes he; others preferred up top.

Banagher

Will be asked to run long for the first time and will need an improved race to be successful; he could or should have a chance at a clear lead if sent and his best races have come when he was on the lead though with the blinkers off the intent may be different; while he may be off form at the moment he could run well if he ever is able to establish the clear lead early; the sophomore is in with conditioned company again and is a threat if the new surface leads produces front-speed winners.

-Steve Zacks

3rd Woodbine

Desert Eyes

Ran the improved race last time with the blinkers on and if that proves to be a stepping stone to better he will have a chance to be in the lead and a threat to take it all the way; nobody knows what the track will be like until a few races have been run; contender and he could prove to be the one to catch and beat.

Rambunctious One

His second race prior to the layoff would be a very contentious one were it repeated today; he has a couple of recent works and it is a tough call to say how he will run fresh this time; he seems to be flexible in running style and his last two races were better; form carries forward from layoffs sometimes; contender if this is one of those occasions.

Its Foxy

Dam won at 2; the sire is below average in the debut category; works are on the slow side; would be inclined to watch him race at least this once.

Carrickfergus Boy

Had a good last race which came prior to a layoff and if he can pick it up from there he should be there when they turn for home; he has run well with a month between layoffs; he is a possibility if he runs his race.

Sonhouse

Has had 21 starts and many with easier; he is a tough call with that record and while he might be played for second in the exact/a/or, he would seem a poor play up top stepping up.

Split The Aces

Hard to read off his last; that was a pretty dull race on the heels of a pair of good ones; why? if you can read a reversal on the horizon he should be capable with one of his better efforts; figuring that out is not an easy call.

Howdoulikemesofar

Drops for his second start and he will have to show that he can stay around longer; if he wants to be close early a better start would also be useful; he has a couple of interim works and with the drop an improved race would be expected; he is a possibility as so many improveso unpredictably much in their second career starts.

-Steve Zacks

4th Woodbine

Fadder Ted

Looks as if he has had his day in the sun and the dark of winner has appeared on his form in his last couple; hard to know if he can/will reverse form but he will sure need that if he hopes to win in here; he would be eligible if he can run to one of those better races.

Daytime Robbery

Has not won in the last two seasons and returns from a lengthy absence; he will need one of those good races and if the single work has him ready to roll along with the drop he could well surprise; would want something like 15-1 to take that proposition!

Brilliant Idea

Kind of wonder if it might not be a brilliant idea to play this one to run well after he set and forced the pace in his recent route race; check that third race back; can he do it again? if so he can be a contender back down this low; very interesting above 5-1.

Kemp Road Cavalier

Has yet to get untracked this year and has been unable to find the range, though he did once and was demoted; he could well get the kind of trip he needs in here and with a good race he should be in the hunt throughout the running; he goes turf to dirt and would anticipate that he will run well.

Classic Partner

Did well in a couple of races after the turf race in June and those two winning races would stand him in good stead in here if he can reproduce one off the short layoff; his race against open company was not bad; interesting.

Key To Success

Was a winner with easier last time in just his second start of the year and off a layoff; he may have to run better than that if a couple of the others run well, but he does look to be capable of at least posing a threat at the top of the stretch.

King Of Nasty

Has not fared well since the claim last year going winless in that timeframe; his latest was a little better and it came at this level off 23 days with one 5F work; leaning to others but he is not out of the question in what shapes up as an open contest.

-Steve Zacks

5th Woodbine

Mee Too

Speedy filly finally broke through for her first win in her 13th outing last time at the Fort and that was the 4th consecutive race for which she was favoured; she moves out in distance and tries winners in a tougher situation.

Equatorial

Gets to drop down to a new low level after a pair of drab outings but her July 25 effort was okay when she raced evenly behind a fast front running winner; should be able to fare better with the drop but there are quite a few front runners in the field and she might want to employ a stalking style; for the tri.

Kashagawigamog

Fleet filly dropped to this level for her latest but she could not get to the front from the start and she raced on the rail all the way and slipped back on the turn; getting the lead early probably means a lot to her chances but some of the others in this field (Krayola) also like to battle on the lead; interesting puzzle.

Robyn's Sweetie

Liked this gal's chances to win her latest when she dropped to a new low level and seemed to have found a small, weak field; she had a measured lead on the field into the turn but could not hold on to that advantage in the stretch; she cuts back in distance and perhaps a stalking trip followed by a last minute move in the stretch will be her tactics; she gets blinkers and that sort of conflicts with that last theory; contender.

Promising West

Was doing so much better in the spring and early summer and now she drops down to a new low level after some drab outings; she was squeezed back badly at the start of her latest and that didn't help her chances; skeptical.

Stevenson's Rocket

First-timer picks a curious event for her debut, facing winners for low claiming; her sire is below average as a debut sire but the mare is a stakes winner and she has produced 8 winners from her first 9 foals to race (3 for 4 with 2yo winners) including the wonderful winning machine Love Jazz; she shows very sporadic workouts but has the breeding to be a factor.

Deputy's Lass

Has early speed like others in the field but she has only raced once this year and that was against better, restricted winners; s he comes off another layoff and at time of writing, showed no recent preps; still, this is a wide open race and she can't be completely dismissed.

Krayola

Might be the favourite in the field because she is dropping in claiming price off the win, even if she has not raced in more than a month; she shows a recent workout and that is appealing and trainer Wright Jr. doesn't miss many times with new claims; strong factor.

-Jennifer Morrison

6th Woodbine

Kagan's Corner

Has been settling for fringe shares for quite some time while employing various styles of running like showing speed or stalking the pace; he ventured to the Fort for his latest in search of easier foes but he was edged late by some rivals and wound up on the edges again; he moves up in class; outsider.

Velcro

Has raced only twice this year and both starts were in the spring and he was not a factor; he has a new trainer for the return and after a 4 month layoff, has been working steadily in recent weeks; still, would like to watch him this time to see if he has any improvement in him; adds blinkers.

Penny Wager

He's in a tough spot these days because he has to race against winners even though he has never crossed the finish line in first place (he was placed first in the Aug. 2 race and that 'unoffical' winner has since won); 'Wager trailed in his latest and drops one class level, turns back in distance; minor share.

Big Sid's Party

Makes his 3rd start after a short layoff and this could be a peak effort for him; he was quite sweaty before his latest and appears to be a jumpy sort, and after dueling on the lead from the inside, he got tired in the stretch; the shorter distance and class drop help but Wildisthewind is a formidable pace foe.

Kain's Nijinsky

He has been laying off the pace in recent starts and that is a good idea but he got into a whole lot of trouble last time; appearing to full of run, he was waiting on the turn on the rail for room to run but he was trapped until late stretch; if he can avoid the urge to go for the early lead, he should be a major player.

Wildisthewind

Fast gelding won big for $50,000 not long ago so this drop is substantial; he has not been seen for more than 2 months and he was stopping badly in his last couple of starts, but he drops for this return and catches a small field; will be tough to catch.

-Jennifer Morrison

7th Woodbine

And I

Need a confidence boost in August and got it when he was dropped to the $11,500 level; he appeared to be a shoo-in for another win last time although he was very rank in the early stages and was basically uncontrollable for most of the race; he meets similar with a new rider; contender.

Gray Limousine

Came off a 3 month layoff last time and added Lasix but he was unable to keep up early and he dropped back; he shortens up in distance for a trainer who won a stakes race last weekend; one of a couple of speed runners in the field.

Passage

Has been off for 4 weeks and has another trainer change; he looked good winning his maiden over modest foes but he has not been a factor since then; will wait for signs of improvement.

Precision Hunter

Nicely bred gelding was spotted perfectly for his career debut and he rallied 3 wide on the turn and 4 wide off the turn to win over modest rivals; he deserves a chance to climb up the claiming ladder and he has speed to chase; exotics factor.

Wild Barb

Has a trio of 4th place finishes since his upset maiden score and it's encouraging that he is showing an ability to stalk the pace; he raced against a mild speed bias in his latest when he chased the leaders while wide; threat.

Fantastic Hi

Took an unusual amount of betting support for his Aug. 29 outing when he led throughout to win his maiden and that was certainly a dramatic form reversal; he was aggressive on the pace again last time when trying winners and he raced against an outside bias that day; might be just improving at this time so keep him in mind when playing tri's.

Cool Batonic

Loved the way this guy changed his running style last time - okay, so maybe it wasn't planned as he broke last from the gate; still, he angled 4 wide off the turn and closed fast with good energy and he was catching up to And I; there is lots of speed to chase in this race; ready to break through?

-Jennifer Morrison

8th Woodbine

Riddell's Creek

Champion 2-year of a few years back is simply trying to get a win, any win, right now; he was not far off the very good Steady Ruckus in his last dirt race but his recent Fort Erie trips have been blah; this is a rough field but there is speed to chase; minor award at best.

Runaway Love

Has struggled in 2001 but his last 2 outings suggest he could be coming up to a better race; he stalked the fast pace set by 'Dixie in his latest and finished evenly and any one of the top 3 from that race would win this dash.

Golden Returns

Might have an edge on some of these in Beyer Figures but the Beyers were not available at time of writing; grey guy won a minor stakes race 2 starts ago but has to rebound from a drab outing most recently; he should be a pace factor and a top three factor at the finish.

Wild Current

Had to love his chances last time as he was exiting a big key race from Aug. 4 and had been freshened for a month; he took aim on the speed in that last outing and made a 2 wide move off the turn to run down Opus Won; he meets that same rival in this tougher category; contender.

Bridgeport

Exits a very fast race at the Fort and he attempted to keep pace with that group but that's not his style; he likes to rally from off the pace and he is back at Woodbine with a new rider and he'll be making his move in the stretch; for a minor share.

Ben the Man

Million-dollar yearling has had a start-and-stop career but it's obvious he has ability; he came off a long layoff in August and was outrun by the fast pace in a sprint; he has had more time off and was out for a gate workout last weekend and that was just an easy move; he gets a bit more distance and the Stronach Stable has been hot recently.

Opus Won

Has tried hard to break through for a win this year but he hasn't been lucky; he dropped to an easier class last time and set a strong pace in a duel but he could not hold off a rallying Wild Current; he will have Golden Returns and perhaps Ice Water in hot pursuit this time; still a factor.

Ice Water

Steady gelding has a similar profile to Opus Won, a lot of good efforts but no wins to show for those efforts; he dueled inside of rivals last time and was still in the battle in the stretch but he was finally outfinished; he gets a rider change off the claim.

-Jennifer Morrison

9th Woodbine

Fortunebringsfame

Came off a long layoff for his season debut last time and was outrun and he seems to be in need of more experience; can't recommend yet.

Alhorsesgotoheaven

Searching for his first top three placing of the year and he has had a month off since a good, yet trouble-filled effort behind a longshot winner; he shows a recent workout and haws to be considered a contender.

Wild Mouse

Has been using a speed style in longer races recently and he has come out of those events with minor shares but speed in longer races can set up a horse well for a shorter race; he drops to a new low level as well; major player.

Northern Olympian

He was a minor player in his debut and has had 7 weeks off for more training; could improve enough to hit the tri.

Guyonthego

4-year-old had some late run in his debut behind a well regarded winner but he was essentially pulled up last time and he is listed with 1st time Lasix; longshot chance for a place in the superfecta.

Time On The Run

Had a brief spurt of good form in July but has been away for 6 weeks after he was well beaten for $30,000; he drops in class and shortens up in distance; could wake up.

Sweeping Way

Ran a big race when beaten a long head at a 2 turn distance in July but he slipped off form after that tough race; he shortens up to a sprint distance and a 4 week break and like others in the field, he drops in class.

Casino Jack

Late running gelding has been racing at long distances but he lacked speed and hasn't closed much ground; he will have to hurry at this shorter distance.

Feet of Fire

Was a lukewarm favourite for his latest when he dropped one class level but he was one-paced in a disappointing outing; he has a new rider and more distance; still nibbling.

-Jennifer Morrison