05/13/2008 11:00PM

Dancingall Theway looks best


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dancingall Theway is clearly the one to knock off Friday in Woodbine's featured second race, and it may just be a case of whether he is running back too soon in the seven-furlong first-level allowance for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Dancingall Theway finished a close fourth in his debut last Nov. 1, after which he was sold by Mark Casse to K. K. Sangara and trainer Lorne Richards. Five weeks later, he led the way in a

1 1/16-mile maiden special, but got weary late and was beaten a half-length while ending up third.

Dancingall Theway resurfaced May 4 in a six-furlong maiden special, in which he dueled heavily favored Grazette's Landing into submission on the front end. He won by daylight, and was awarded a solid 89 Beyer Speed Figure.

Richards said he wasn't surprised to see Dancingall Theway win his season opener.

"I thought he'd run good," Richards said. "I was worried about [Grazette's Landing], because he's a pretty decent horse. I was happy with him."

Richards said the quick return to action isn't what he had in mind for Dancingall Theway.

"I'm not real keen on it, but there aren't going to be straight 3-year-old [allowance] races for much longer," said Richards. "Timing-wise, I would have liked to have had another week. That being said, I wouldn't be in there if I didn't think that he was going to run good. He was a little flat for a day or two after the race, but he's bounced back pretty nicely now."

Jim McAleney retains the mount on Dancingall Theway, a half-brother to stakes-placed Christies Treasure.

Money Spitter could be the main threat in his second start off the sidelines. Trained by Laurie Silvera, Money Spitter scored second time out at 2 in a six-furlong maiden special, while registering a 70 Beyer.

Money Spitter faced older Ontario-sired opponents at five furlongs in his season debut, and wasn't badly beaten when fifth while negotiating a distance seemingly shorter than he prefers. Seven-eighths could be right up his alley.

Sand Cove possesses a poor seven-furlong record, but he could be sitting on a peak effort in the third start of his form cycle. He had traffic problems when finishing fourth in his season opener, and was recently fifth against older nonwinners-of-two rivals.

Bold Suspect, exiting open allowance company, is another possibility in Friday's second race.