07/26/2009 11:00PM

Emerald Beech has class edge in turf route


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Judging by the company she's been keeping, Emerald Beech should be dangerous in Wednesday's featured second race at Woodbine, a first-level allowance. The $79,500 event is scheduled for a 1 1/16 miles on the grass and has lured 12 fillies and mares.

Emerald Beech, trained by Mac Benson for the powerful Augustin Stable, made quite a splash when she debuted in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special June 7. She parlayed an ideal stalking trip into a daylight win over Stormy Illusion, who subsequently won a fast maiden race.

Benson opted to bypass a first-level allowance, because he didn't want to run Emerald Beech 1 1/4 miles, and ended up running her in a second-level allowance/optional claimer June 27. She was bet down to favoritism in that 1 1/16-mile route and wound up third behind Lady Attack, who came back to capture the Repercussion Stakes impressively.

Chantal Sutherland retains the mount on Emerald Beech, who is going on Lasix following several fast works.

Reggae Rose and Admissible are serious contenders if the race remains on the grass.

Reggae Rose got an 81 Beyer Speed Figure when she ran third in a difficult allowance April 2 at Gulfstream. She graduated following a two-month layoff here on the Polytrack and was recently third in a 1 1/4-mile grass allowance.

Reggae Rose is coupled in the Stronach Stable entry with Getting Away, who earned her diploma second time out in a June 22 maiden special on the grass at Fort Erie.

Admissible has run twice on the turf for the hot Malcolm Pierce barn. She was a troubled fourth in her opener in June and then won her maiden over seven furlongs July 3.

Leading rider Patrick Husbands was named on both Admissible and La Rocca, who was entered for the Polytrack only.

La Rocca is making her first start for trainer Mark Casse after being campaigned by trainer Todd Pletcher.

La Rocca ran third in the restricted OBS Championship Stakes in February at the Ocala Training Center. She won her maiden two starts later over Keeneland's Polytrack, receiving a career-high 86 Beyer.