10/09/2001 11:00PM

Feature good spot for Wild Current


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wild Current moves up in price but takes a significant class drop in Friday's eighth race at Woodbine, a $100,000 claimer for 3-year-olds.

Roger Attfield, who trains Wild Current, will also send out Golden Sparrow in Friday's sixth race, a 1 3/8-mile optional claimer for fillies and mares on the grass. Golden Sparrow, who is making her first start for Attfield, won two of three starts in her native England, but has yet to distinguish herself in her two North American outings.

Wild Current has won 2 of 8 starts this year and has earned nearly $80,000. A son of Wild Again, he won a six-furlong preliminary allowance in June, but was beaten a pole when he tried older opponents for the first time in a 1 1/16-mile race July 19.

Attfield has run Wild Current strictly in sprints in the interim, with positive results. Wild Current won in his third attempt at the $62,500 optional claiming level Sept. 9, when he closed from a stalking position to take a seven-furlong dash by daylight, earning an 88 Beyer Figure.

Wild Current didn't have the best of trips most recently against older foes in an $80,000 optional claimer. He broke slowly and raced wide over an inside-biased track before ending up 6 1/2 lengths back of stakes-winner Runaway Love in seventh.

Wild Current meets his own age group for the first time since the spring on Friday, and will have regular rider Richard Dos Ramos on board.

Attfield and Wild Current's owner, Cam Allard, won the Grade 3 Durham Cup Handicap here last weekend with A Fleets Dancer.

Rounding out the field for Friday's seven-furlong dash are Jaguarmeanspassion with Emile Ramsammy up; Us, Patrick Husbands; Mr. Sulu, Gary Boulanger; Oye Yoye Yoye, David Clark; Lucky Chip, Jono Jones; Prospect Mark, Dino Luciani; Jazzy Prospector, Jim McAleney; Robthevet, Frank Todd Jr.; and Pentmandy, Dino Luciani.

Jaguarmeanspassion, a popular runner because of his name and his tenacity, is making his second start off an $80,000 claim by trainer Abraham Katryan.

Jaguarmeanspassion, who struggled in the maiden ranks last winter at Santa Anita, won three consecutive races here in the spring for trainer Frank Passero Jr. His streak ended with a fourth-place finish as the favorite in a grass race against $80,000 stock June 28.

In his only start for Katryan, which was at this level, Jaguarmeanspassion tracked a hot pace before assuming a clear lead at the eighth pole, but was overhauled in deep stretch and had to settle for second.

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