11/19/2009 12:00AM

Divorsky finds proper niche


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Divorsky's career path is an excellent illustration of how a former low-level claimer at Woodbine can earn a good living after finding her calling while moving through the Ontario-sired ranks.

Divorsky seems poised to clear the first Ontario-sired allowance condition in Friday's ninth race, which will be her first start at 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack.

Divorsky wasn't an impact player in rock bottom maiden-claiming sprints during the spring, but she began to turn the corner when trainer Breeda Hayes ran her 1 1/16 miles for a $16,000 tag Aug. 9. She wound up third that day, and was third again three weeks later, when she was boosted up to Ontario-sired maiden special weight company.

After ending up sixth on the turf, Divorsky banked $13,200 for running second despite missing the break in an Ontario-sired maiden route on the Polytrack on Sept. 27. She finally graduated over 1 1/16 miles Oct. 17, while banking $39,600, which doesn't count the $4,000 breeder's award earned by her owner-breeder, John Hayes.

Divorsky's first voyage outside the maiden ranks, in a two-turn allowance for Ontario-sired females Oct. 25, was a frustrating one. She was blocked behind rivals on the far turn and early in the stretch before surging late for second. The fourth-place finisher, Moonlit Beauty, came right back to win an allowance sprint.

Jono Jones retains the mount on the 6-year-old Divorsky.

Captive Spirit rallied four wide after getting away slowly in that same Oct. 25 allowance, registering her second straight third-place finish. She won her maiden on the grass in August.

Flashy Sports checked in second to Divorsky in her next-to-last appearance. She became just the second Polytrack route winner from post 14 at the meet when she earned her diploma with surprising ease Nov. 7. The 60 Beyer Figure she earned that day is the highest last-out figure in Friday's field.

Lady of Mystery outran Captive Spirit for second as a 42-1 outsider Oct. 9, but she failed to duplicate that feat in another allowance outing Oct. 25.

Play on Words is coming off a runner-up placing in a $10,000 nonwinners-of-two event, and isn't out of her league from a Beyer perspective.

Carrtowns Katie hasn't shown much since her sharp maiden victory on the turf in September, but she was competitive on the Polytrack during the summer.