09/28/2001 12:00AM

A CLOSER LOOK at Woodbine races on 9/29



1st Woodbine


Changed his running style 2nd time out, probably in part to the longer distance, as he pressed the pace from the inside of rivals and he was on the rail on the turn but dropped back; he drops in class and finds an intermediate distance; it's a wide open race so he can't be eliminated from exotics.


Colt is by a sire who is getting better with his debut runners and this is a full brother to recent 3yo debut winner Precision Hunter (Minshall also purchased the yearling out of this mare at this week's local sale); he shows average workout times.

Goodoya Darby

Was well bet in his debut race but that event was hogged by a fast front runner who had a lot of previous experience; Kabel sticks with this colt and Lasix is reportedly added; another chance?

Ring Fast

Has taken a lot of betting support in 2 starts and he showed better speed last time but could not keep up to the other front runner in the field who went gate to wire on the lead; a better start from the gate would help his chances and perhaps he can get the lead to himself at this slightly longer distance; threat.

Cobra Tongue

Trained better than he has run heading into his debut race and he drops in class after breaking sluggishly in his latest; has some work to do yet.

St. Remo

Exits the same race as several of these and he was outrun from the start in that event and would be hard to recommend for more than a minor share.

Shadow T

Broke a bit slowly from the gate in his debut race and he was off the rail early in threat outing and then closed mildly on the rail in the stretch; he gets more distance and a rider change to Husbands; can improve so make him a contender.

-Jennifer Morrison

2nd Woodbine


Is back in for no tag and his best races to date have come when he has been eligible to be claimed; he has not made the board at the distance and some of the speed might get away from him again.

Big Sky

Will be the first foal to race from an unraced dam and the sire while not at his best with debut sprinters can still get a runner; he has some decent enough works and if he can get going in time might be competitive in this match up, where those who have raced do not look to be unbeatable.

Believe The Chief

Has not run for a while and has had his share of chances so far; his latest was his first of the year where he showed some speed before slowing and while he should be able to build on that and run better he will have to be at his best to be competitive; an iffy proposition with the pace likely to be fast and in spite of the interim activity.

Rebel King

Has run two solid efforts in two starts and has been trying to close from behind honest paces; he almost upset as a longshot in his debut and then disappointed when his late run fell just short; he has worked back and looks to be fairly logical in here, though the way the new surface will play may influence how easy or difficult it is to catch the speed and it could be loose speed in this one.

Max The Great

Has a very serious chance to be very loose on the lead in this one and that could be all that is needed for him to get that first win; the big question is whether the tough beat will set him up or cause him to tail off; the one to catch and if the track has been fair to speed the one to beat.

Northern Pole

Goes turf to dirt as he returns from a layoff and has been working well and regularly of late; he could be a changed runner since he last appeared at the races and with indications that he will be tractable and sitting on the outside he could be the first to move at the speed; it will take a big race but he is one of the possibilities in this one; contender.

-Steve Zacks

3rd Woodbine

Canajun Cajun

Has done okay since moving to the grass and was a recent winner traveling a little farther than he is asked to go today; he has a couple of works in the interim and while he might have to deal with the faster pace and prove that he can he gets a good post and could certainly better his latest; a possibility in an open race.

Loan Shark

Won the first allowance condition for his second win on the grass and while the race came at the distance he is likely to have to run a better race as he is stepping up and facing tougher and faster; the pace and the race could be faster on a relative basis and he has mixed performances on giving turf courses; edge to others but he might surprise.

Free Agent On Ice

Older runner has come about as close as one can without winning and he will be a late threat in this match up if he runs one of his good races again; he did run decently over non-firm courses and it may depend on how well some of the others run; he could be competitive with a repeat of his latest.

Supreme Judge

Has won his last two starts and from the way he was doing it should have little difficulty with the extra furlong; sophomore is in a more difficult spot than his latest but if he has improved at all he can make a race of it.

Fire Work

Veteran runner has tried the turf but once and that race came two starts ago here where he was up close early and then stopped in the stretch going farther; the blinkers are removed after he has been freshened but this looks to be a tough spot for him to notch his first turf win; prefer others.

Miller's Mark

Came close in this condition last time and he is one of the more experienced and successful turf runners in the mix; he has a couple of nice works and he should be ready to run another good race; based on his latest he can handle the course with some good in it and looks to be one of the serious threats in the open but contentious race; no way he should be at odds on in this spot.

Bold Striker

Ran pretty well in his first try in this condition and when close in a blanket finish and that finish could be repeated again in this race; he came very close in his lone start at the distance and with the interim work and a good trip could be close once again; he might need a little more room and a softer pace scenario to perform at his best.

Dawn Watcher

Sire has had some success on grass as the locals should know and the dam is a stakes winner with a turf win though none of her four previous turf racers have won on the lawn; has worked on the grass and in improved form might be considered as a possibility; if he comes close to being a turf move up he will be competitive; if he is one, he might be very tough to beat.

Blades Hill

Has raced on grass twice and has won both; he is 3 and improving and is the best fit to the allowance condition though a sophomore can have his hands full with the older claimers sometimes; what is the big unknown is how he will handle a less-than-firm course; contender and the one to eliminate before making a play on another.


Turf win did come at the distance when was winning his first allowance; he has faced easier as he had come from humbler beginnings and while he has come close on the grass with older claimers he might not quite measure up to this level; he is giving weight to many and will be facing a stiff test today; like others more but he has been quite consistent this year and has a good recent work since his latest.

Karra Kul

Is one of the older and more accomplished turf runners in the field who likes the distance and comes in off a decent effort in stakes company; if he can run close to one of his better races he will be the one to target and his penultimate race is one of the best this year; high-priced claim deserves real respect with the condition of the course the main concern to a good race.


Been struggling for the last while and has been unable to regain the winning touch while facing tougher in his recent races; like many of the others he is a threat as he is dropping and this is a race which could feature a very close finish; how he handles the giving course will have a lot to say about his finish.

Dusky Devil

Came close on the turf two starts ago and used that as a stepping stone to his first allowance victory; his game is speed and there is a good chance that he will make the front if he handles the footing and from there he could be tough if he were ever to clear and like the ground with a cut in it; find him very interesting under any circumstances and can see him leading throughout; at a dozen to one he might get some of our speculative cash.

Mr. Sulu

Has run well without winning on the grass but does look as if he is in a difficult spot based on what he has run to date; he is not out of the question but would see others as having a big edge.

-Steve Zacks

4th Woodbine


Improving filly was a clear 2nd at one level lower 2 starts ago and was well bet to break through last time but she was unlucky in that journey; she moved up the rail into the far turn while seemingly full of run but was steadied in traffic and then she lacked room until early stretch; the winner of that race has come back to score again; clean trip makes her dangerous.

Classic Grata

Drops to maiden claiming for the first time and that is a significant move down in class; she set a good pace en route to a runner-up placing 2 starts ago in a 2 turn event but flopped as the favourite in her latest and now she shortens up with the drop; she had a fast interim workout and looks the part of a major player.


Flashed big speed on a windy day in her debut on turf as a longshot but she ran out of gas by the turn for home; she cuts back in distance and switches to the dirt and her pedigree suggests she will like the move to the main track; expecting improvement but this is a competitive field of maidens, several whom are dropping in class.

Russel's Halo

4-year-old has been away for more than a year but she showed some ability last year especially since she just missed winning her debut at a 2 turn distance; the layoff is a concern but she has been prepping regularly and her latest workout was speedy; tri possibility.

Virginia Lee

By a promising, young sire who is well above average as a debut sire and he has 2 local stakes winners this year; the mare has produced 2 winners and she is bred for speed; her workout times have been average but a look at the tote board for betting support is recommended.

Aunty Bock

Beginner is by a sire who was speedy and this is a full sister to a runner who has some early lick; this one picks a tough distance to make her debut at but she has shown some ability in workouts.

It's Sienna

Wore blinkers again for her latest and she scampered to a clear lead for half the race before faltering; she cuts back in distance and gets that all-important drop to maiden claiming; can't ignore.


Came off a one-year layoff for her 2nd career start and she took some betting support but had only brief speed; she has had another month off after more prepping; need to see more.

One For The Angels

Part of the entry had stalking speed in her latest and she made a good bid to the lead when the late pace was weakening but another one surprised her on the outside; she shouldn't be held off much longer.


Fast filly was virtually everyone's pick last time as she seemed to have that field at her mercy, 'on paper' but instead she was challenged early and then weakened; she stretches out in distance and drops in class; contender but back her up in exotics.

-Jennifer Morrison

5th Woodbine

Irish Fury

If the inside is okay he is more than eligible to get another good trip and with his pace-pressing style he could be in the ideal spot; looks to be a contender with two good races when in this class from his last three starts.

Smart Ascot

Does not have a winning record and will be hard pressed to win in this group; he did mange a win in his first start of the year in this class and this will be the first time since then that he is in this low; could it happen again? fffy but possible.

Dancing Dickie

Is back on relatively short rest and comes in off a game effort with easier but from the looks of the match up there will be a faster pace and which might even be beneficial based in his win off the layoff in May; worth a good look here and stepping up he could be a favorable price.


Will drop for his second start since the claim and his first start locally and for a new conditioner; he has one work since his Belmont race where he faded quickly over a track not unkind to early speed; depends whether Mr. P can get him to run close to his best and how he likes the easier company and the racing surface; prefer others but he is not out of the question with a good race.


Was off to a less-than -perfect start to his latest and his best will be required for him to even be competitive; considering what the others have done of late he looks to be in a difficult spot; cannot see him winning in here.

Call Him Up

Managed to hold Dancing Dickie at bay with a front-running win last time; he was favored and the fact that he got away with a slowish pace and without a lot of pressure was in his favor; not too sure that he will get so easy a trip today and while he is fit returning in eight days he might have to better his latest to win in here.

Blue Prospect

Veteran would seem to be sitting on his best and he will be tough on the front end in here; as long as the track is not against the early speed he is one of the more probable winners in here with there being a good chance that he will improve.

Linden Hill

Takes a drop after a display of brief speed last time when he returned from a layoff with better; he has run some decent races here but will likely need his best if he is to gain the lion's share; want to see a better race from him after the layoff.

-Steve Zacks

6th Woodbine

My Hearts Desire

Homebred grey is a B.C.-bred by a sire who was a multiple stakes winner as a 2yo and he is above average as a debut sire; the mare has produced 5 winners including this year's debut winner Robthevet, a speedy runner; he gets a tough post for his debut.

Dancer's Pallisade

Another grey in the field and he's by a sire who has a big mark with debut winners; this is the first foal of an unraced mare; colt has a lot of fast workout times and that is appealing; an apprentice rider is named.


Hot barn sends out a colt by a sire who gets fast runners and he's above average with debut winners; the mare has produced a couple of winners; he races with Lasix for this debut.


Tejabo is not known for his debut winners and this is the first foal of a mare whose siblings include stakes placed Geraint; he might prefer more distance but note that his Sept. 13 workout was speedy.

Size Matters

From the first crop of an unplaced sire who is a 1/2 brother to Sultry Song and others; the mare's first foal is a 2yo debut winner; obscurely bred colt has had some fast workout times at Fort Erie and speed will be the name of this 5 furlong game.


He's by a promising young sire and from a winning mare who is bred for speed; this one has been working well in recent weeks and he bested an older mate in a very strong move Sept. 15 when the track was yielding slow times.

Honour's Intention

Should take a lot of betting support because he is by a high profile American sire who is above average with debut winners and is the 2nd foal of a stakes winning mare; oh yeah, the mare's first foal is current stakes winning sprinter Krz Ruckus; his workout times appear to be solid.


From the first crop of champion Langfuhr, who won his career debut and this is the first foal of a winning mare; he has had some good workouts including an impressive bullet move on Sept. 15 when the track was slow and that prep was visually appealing.

-Jennifer Morrison

7th Woodbine

Noble Strike

Promising filly had a short layoff before breaking through for her maiden score in just her 2nd turf start and she easily handled that group; this is a much tougher test not only because she moves up to stakes company, but because she stretches out in distance; the good news comes from a sharp recent workout time and her rider is one of the best pilots on this course; for the tri.


Part of the entry was in action only 6 days ago and she was tackling maidens that day and had some early speed; she had stakes experience in Auguts but was not a threat on squishy turf behind Soundtrack and she meets that same foe and other tough ones; outsider.

Sweetest Thing

Should be heavily favoured for this 3rd leg of the Triple Tiara (the winners of the first legs are not in this field) based on her easy Breeders' Stakes score over the boys last month; she has been pointed to this race and note that the only time she lost, she bled as a result of the July 4 race; only question would be the turf, which could be a bit on the squishy side; still, she's the one to beat.

Night Edition

Tough filly rebounded into better form last time when she fought a good battle and wasn't beaten as far by Golden Corona as she was in a previous race; she meets strictly Canadian-breds but steps up into a tough stakes event for the first time and her early speed might be tested by Sweetest Thing, Inish Glora and others; minor placing predicted.

Rare Vision

Certainly has the breeding to be a top notch filly on the grass because her mum was a champion on turf; she finally ran to her turf breeding 2 starts ago when she rallied strongly in deep stretch to win over a tough speed filly in Dreams Go Bye; she seemed to regress off that race last time with a flat effort so perhaps she can rebound with the longer distance; this will be her first stakes test of the year; price play for exotics.


Looks for her 4th consecutive win on grass and this is an exciting filly to watch because she likes to come from far off the pace and make one big run; the turf was a bit 'giving' last time after a sudden, heavy rainstorm but that didn't slow her down as she got in gear off the turn and was up in time; will her late rally be as pronounced in this longer race that will probably feature a slower early pace? That's a question that needs to be answered.

Regal Snicker

Stretch running filly switched back to the dirt last time (the race came off the grass) and she handled an easier field with a strong move on the turn; she has some grass breeding but didn't fare too well in her first grass outing; puzzler.

Inish Glora

Solid filly from the west coast tries grass for the first time and she is by an average turf sire but from a mare who won once on turf and has several turf winning siblings; 'Glora comes off one of the best races of her career when 2nd in the Oaks to California shipper Collect Call, the heavy favourite; new surface, new distance and new surroundings are not easy hurdles.


Sleek grey gal is back in only 8 days after shortening up for an allowance race but she flattened out in the stretch and the winner was very tough on the pace; she stretches out to a distance that might prove to be a bit too far for her best effort.

-Jennifer Morrison

8th Woodbine

Bright Knight

Picked up a nice piece of a $100,00 stakes event last time in her 2nd race of her career and she ended a short layoff that day; she didn't have a great start from the gate as she bore out but she rallied 3 wide and had some energy in the stretch; she meets maidens now and has to be considered a contender.

Irish Line

Experienced maiden ran well in all of her races until her latest when she raced 4 wide on the turn and faded in a stakes race and Bright Knight was a better 4th that day; she came back with a fast workout but that last performance is troubling.


Added Lasix for her 3rd start and got away better from the gate than she did in a previous start but she faded on the rail and was well beaten; the good news is, the winner came back to win the rich Mazarine Stakes last weekend, the bad news? The runner-up from her latest is in this field.

Western Resolve

Okay, time for this gal to step up and get it done after filling the exactor in all 3 of her starts; she stretched out in distance last time and moved up 3 wide on the turn, looking like she was going to win, but another filly darted up the rail and beat her to the wire; that winner won the graded Mazarine Stakes last weekend; big shot.


Nicely bred filly took a bit of betting support in her debut a month ago and she raced evenly behind a stablemate who ran away with the race; she worked well in company with 'Resolve last weekend and that mate will be tough in this dash; top three chance.

Executive Pass

Had a rival veer in front of her at the start of her debut race and that, along with the company, was probably intimidating and she trailed; she drops into a maiden race but let's watch her again.

Maud Gonne

Beginner was a $105,000 yearling buy and she's by a sire who was a fast runner and he is above average as a debut sire; the mare has produced 3 winners including Grade 1 placed Awful Smart; at time of writing, the information provided showed only light prepping.

Full Spectrum

Tries dirt for the first time and might just like that surface better than the grass based on her breeding; she recently added Lasix and blinkers and picked up a minor check in the Natalma Stakes; her workout last weekend from the gate was sizzling considering the slow nature of the surface; dangerous.

Far and Near

High striding filly ran better in her return to dirt and that suggests she is improving with each start; she gets a bit more distance and this is not an easy field but she can certainly be considered for tri bets.

Star Flicker

Nicely bred filly debuted on the grass last month and had brief speed to chase the leaders; she had a couple of strong 6 furlong workouts on the training track dirt this month getting ready for a surface switch.

-Jennifer Morrison

9th Woodbine

Praise From Dixie

Was a winner last time in his first off the claim but that race was short of his best and is probably short of what will be needed here; if the inside and speed are okay he might have a chance to get a good trip and steal this one, though we would not recommend betting a lot of money on that proposition.

Hunter Todd

Was a winner of his first four starts since which time he has been finding things a little tougher; he is a possibility in here if he can run to his best efforts; he has an interim work and while he should run well this is still a difficult spot.


Has been enjoying a good season and will try the locals for the first time; he has run well in a variety of class situations and at different tracks; the closer to his best the better his chances; contender.

Brite Adam

Is seeking to regain his form after taking 2000 off and he did do a little better last time when he forced the pace throughout to finish second going long; he has run well at the distance in the past and if the latest is a forerunner to what he can produce today he is to be respected as a likely contender from just off the pace.

Grand End Sweep

Has not been as productive or fast this year as last and while he is relevant in today's match up he will need to be at his best; he is cutting back to one of his favored distances and he did come close to running by Brite Adam last time; if you like that one, then he figures to with the chance that he will be able to get up in time.

Lah Konoc

Made his first start in the restricted Kenora and was up close throughout; he has switched barns since the latest effort and has worked a couple of times since his belated season opener; he rates as a strong contender with the proviso that he could well bounce in his second start off the extended layoff.

-Steve Zacks

10th Woodbine

Westerly Flow

Is back in with her own age group and has been running well enough of late to make a race of this from the inside though she might have to improve some if she is to win the race; she should be in contention throughout and is playable in the neighborhood of 5-1.

Worthy You

Is one of the multiple winners and they have all come at today's distance which gives her an edge; she also comes in off one of the best last races and has the early positional speed to get the trip and continue on; they will have to beat her to get the top prize; win contender.


Moves over from FE as she is now in with her own age group and for a tag; she has tailed off since the switch to the turf and she will have to run at least as well as her winning race three starts ago; she has a slow wet-track breeze and is a possibility if she somehow reverses form and runs her best -but that is something that sophomores can do.

Miss Verona

Ran in a similar spot last time to get her first on-the-board placing in a route; she will have to run better than that to get that spot today though she might do that in her third start off the layoff as she has done before; would consider her for underneath in the exotics with others more likely for the top positions unless she does improve with the interim breeze to sharpen.


Looks to be in a difficult spot for her based in her recent races; she does go turf to dirt as she comes over from FE but unless that move were to produce a much improved race she will be overmatched in this contest.


She will be asked to run long for the first time and she should be in hot pursuit of the early speed, unless she attempts to steal off on her own; should get a nice trip with her tactical sprint speed and allowed to relax could have something left late; while not exactly a contender she is of considerable interest in here.

Estelle Astaire

Has been favored in four of her last five starts and she has been on the upswing; she tackles slightly tougher today after running too fast early to sustain her bid over a dull surface; her recent races are relevant and if she can take control and slow it down she might be able to last though she is off a tough beat with easier and will likely come under pace pressure; one to try to beat if the odds are short again.


Was able to take early command and outrun an easier conditioned field at FE for her second career victory; it is unlikely for that scenario to unfold in this pace match up and it is thus unlikely that she will run fast enough to win.

Dear Tobie

Is one of several routing for the first time today and she will need to be back at her best to be a factor in here; her form and loss of early speed suggests that she may be over the top and would tend to look more at others until it is a known what she will do going two turns.

Swamp Spirit

Has been unable to win in ten starts this year and while she has run some fast sprints and an even route race recently she is going to have a tough trip breaking from out here; looking more at others though she could grab a minor share if things go right after the solid interim work.

Miss Icicle

Strethes out for the first time on dirt and this is not an advantageous post or pace match up for her to try same; she has failed to run well with winners since breaking her maiden; wonder if the addition of blinkers will make a difference; is very questionable today though she is in with her own age group again.

-Steve Zacks