06/20/2010 11:00PM

First With Class should take to grass


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - First With Class will take her first-rate form to the turf Wednesday night at Woodbine in the featured second race, a second-level allowance sprint with a $62,500 claiming option.

First With Class rallied extremely wide after breaking from post 1 to prevail in a field of 11 when she debuted in a five-furlong maiden special April 4. She drew the dreaded 1-hole again May 1, when favored in a seven-furlong allowance, and came home third after a stalking trip. The improving winner, Moment of Majesty, subsequently finished second in the Woodbine Oaks.

Most recently in another seven-furlong allowance, First With Class raced wide in a stalking position over an outside-biased track en route to a half-length tally.

First With Class is by the successful grass sire Gone West, and her dam has thrown the Grade 2-winning turf specialist Silver Ticket, so the surface switch shouldn't be a problem for her. Eurico Da Silva will ride the Sam-Son Farm homebred, who breezed a half-mile over the turf training course in 49.80 seconds on June 13 for trainer Mark Frostad.

Sans Sousi, a 4-year-old trained by Mike Doyle, won the Lady Angela Stakes on the Polytrack early in her 3-year-old season. She defeated a good field that included Moonlight Beauty while taking her season opener in a five-furlong allowance, but then finished a well-beaten fifth in the Ballade Stakes.

Sans Sousi wound up second behind favored Bent Attorney in her last appearance, which came on the dirt at Fort Erie in the restricted Rainbow Connection Stakes, a five-furlong dash that was taken off the grass. She performed well in both of her turf starts, finishing third in the 2009 Passing Mood Stakes and first in an allowance sprint last year, in which she was disqualified from purse money because of a whip infraction.

Lemon Twirl is starting for the first time since her narrow loss Nov. 25 in a one-mile optional claimer at Churchill and has been working quickly for trainer John Mattine.

Lemon Twirl was competitive at this level here last year, and her overall form is more appealing if you ignore her four synthetic-track excursions.

Retraceable, a 4-year-old trained by Mark Casse, is winless since her triumph over Milwaukee Appeal in the 2008 Princess Elizabeth Stakes. She has been idle since finishing off the board in a Jan. 13 optional claimer on the grass at Tampa.