08/30/2010 2:25PM

Daniel B. Good's speed gets a boost


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The temporary rail on the turf course was in the outermost lane 5 last week at Woodbine, a position that aided front-runners racing along the inside. Speed should still be effective this week, with that rail in lane 4, and that may give Daniel Be Good an edge in the opener, a second-level allowance with a $62,500-60,000-claiming option.

Daniel Be Good placed in his first two races of the spring, both at the first allowance category, and was a fading fifth after setting the pace in the June 9 New Providence Stakes.

Everything fell into place for Daniel Be Good in his last outing on July 4. He set slow fractions over a speed-conducive Polytrack in that seven-furlong allowance, before drawing off to score by five lengths in 1:22.34, a time that earned him a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 89.

Daniel Be Good started twice on the grass last year, finishing third in the restricted Bold Ruckus Stakes and fourth in an Ontario-sired allowance. Apprentice Omar Moreno will ride him for trainer Nick Gonzalez in the seven-furlong feature.

Spider Rock was a stalking second to Daniel Be Good July 4, and he subsequently cleared the first allowance condition going 1 1/16 miles n an uncontested lead. A son of Awesome Again, he is a half-brother to the stakes-placed turf-runner Cobrador, and might handle the unfamiliar footing.

Chantal Sutherland picks up the mount on Spider Rock, who is trained by Steve Attard.

Bear’s Hard Ten, a 3-year-old trained by Reade Baker, has competed exclusively on Polytrack. He is winless since capturing the 1 1/16-mile Display Stakes last December, and is making his first start as a gelding following a layoff.

Bear’s Hard Ten is by the successful young grass sire Rock Hard Ten, but neither of his dam’s two turf starters were victorious. Leading rider Eurico Da Silva has the call.

Paso Doble could link up on the lead with Daniel Be Good. His lone win this year came by disqualification in a shorter sprint at this level April 18.

The best of Paso Doble’s two turf efforts was a runner-up placing in the 2009 Vice Regent, a stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

The Bill Mott-trained My Enticement defeated first-level allowance opposition in a recent turf sprint.

Arrow’s Conquest won his first two races on Polytrack, but is exiting a poor performance on the lawn.