06/07/2010 11:00PM

Disfunction goes for two in a row


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Disfunction could parlay an outside stalking trip into a victory Thursday in the seventh race, a second-level allowance with a $62,500 to $60,000 claiming option. The seven-furlong sprint is the feature on an eight-race card that begins at 2 p.m., which is the new post time for Thursday racing at Woodbine this year.

Disfunction was one of the leading local sprinters in the first half of 2009, during which he won the Jacques Cartier Stakes with a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. He missed the second half of last year after finishing fifth behind champion sprinter Fatal Bullet in the July 19 Bold Venture Stakes.

After spending the winter in Florida, Disfunction reappeared in a five-furlong optional claimer April 4, finishing fourth in his first race in nearly eight months. He got the job done after pressing a slow pace in a tougher six-furlong optional claimer on April 23, from which runner-up Signature Red exited to finish third in Hollywood Hit's track record performance in the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes.

Emile Ramsammy will get a leg up from trainer Julia Carey on Disfunction, who will compete with a $60,000 tag.

D'oro Diablo has improved dramatically this year under the guidance of trainer Sid Attard. It took him a while to earn his diploma in 2009, and failed to clear the first allowance condition in the fall before finally turning the trick convincingly in his season opener.

Most recently, D'oro Diablo increased his Beyer power from 91 to 93 when he weakened to second after setting a lively pace in a six-furlong optional claimer.

Tyler Pizarro inherits the mount on D'oro Diablo from Patrick Husbands, who is sticking with the Mark Casse-trained Steward Hill.

Steward Hill showed some promise in 2007 and early in 2008, before going to the sidelines for nearly a year and a half. The 6-year-old was a front-running third when he came off the bench in a grass route May 24.

Calimonco, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was third behind a peaking Heart of a King and D'oro Diablo in his local debut May 16. His last victory came over Keeneland's Polytrack in a first-level allowance in October.

The versatile Written in Stone was a prominent third three weeks ago on the grass in his debut for trainer Don MacRae. MacRae has won at a huge 36 percent clip second time off the claim over the past five years.