05/20/2008 11:00PM

Cool Selection in good spot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The outside seemed like the place to be on Woodbine's Polytrack last weekend. If the trend continues, Cool Selection should be a formidable opponent in Friday's headliner, an $80,000 optional claimer.

Cool Selection was rejuvenated last year at age 8, when he won 4 of 11 starts and banked $194,162 while scaling the value ladder. He earned back-to-back 96 Beyer Speed Figures while scoring twice in June.

Cool Selection ran fourth in the open Bold Venture Stakes in July and was a narrowly beaten second against Ontario-sired stock in the Aug. 5 Shepperton Stakes. He placed in each of his next four races and capped his campaign with a front-running victory in a seven-furlong optional claimer.

In his season opener in the restricted New Providence Stakes, Cool Selection stalked on the outside and made a bid early in the stretch, before fading to finish fourth behind his stablemate and younger half-brother, Main Executive.

Cool Selection's tactical speed should come in handy Friday, after he breaks from the outside post. His regular rider, Chantal Sutherland, will get a leg up from trainer Radlie Loney.

Other possibilities in the seven-furlong sprint include Gotaghostofachance, Prince Atlantis, Ballado Dancer, and Mulmer.

Gotaghostofachance captured the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap at Belmont in fall 2005. He missed most of 2006 and scored just once in seven starts last year while competing predominantly in Southern California.

After shipping in from Santa Anita, Gotaghostofachance made his first start for trainer Terry Jordan here May 10. He rallied wide from off a lively pace to cross the wire on top in that six-furlong optional claimer, but was disqualified and placed fourth for interfering with a rival in the stretch.

Prince Atlantis was a six-time winner in 2007. He finished third in the allowance prep for the Jacques Cartier in his first start back, but could only manage seventh in the Jacques Cartier itself.

Ballado Dancer figures to lead the way, while negotiating a distance that is probably farther than he wants to go.

Mulmer weakened to second after leading in the stretch in an identical optional claimer on April 27.

Friday's first race, a second-level allowance for 3-year-olds, contains three obvious contenders among its five entrants - Rumbling Cloud, Fatal Bullet, and Hey Now.

Rumbling Cloud is coming off an upset win in the Woodstock Stakes, in which he beat Matt's Broken Vow, who returned to take the Grade 3 Marine Stakes.