07/10/2006 12:00AM

Foamy Water gets sneaky drop in class


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Foamy Water looks to have her Ontario-sired opponents over a barrel in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a nine-furlong grass allowance for fillies and mares.

The eight-race program will be the third card run over Woodbine's inner dirt track, which is normally used for harness racing. The synthetic surface Polytrack is being installed over Woodbine's main track, a project that is expected to be completed later this summer.

Foamy Water, a late-developing 4-year-old trained by Roger Attfield, has started twice on the grass at the meeting. She was a nonthreatening fifth when launching her campaign in a key first-level allowance, from which the first two finishers both returned to win their next starts.

In her most recent race, Foamy Water set a dawdling pace at 1 1/4 miles under Jim McAleney and had lots left for the stretch run. She drew off to prevail by 5 1/2 lengths over The Queen's Stamp, who came back to capture an allowance last Saturday.

Foamy Water goes from an open first-level allowance to a restricted second-level contest Wednesday, a deceiving class drop. She breezed three-quarters around the dogs over the turf training course in 1:12 last Thursday.

Among the others entered in Wednesday's first race are Ifbutmaybewhen and Arctic Laur.

Ifbutmaybewhen had an eventful but successful debut June 23, in a 1 1/16-mile Ontario-sired maiden special on the grass. She broke awkwardly, giving her rivals about a five-length head start, then rallied from far back to graduate by a neck.

Ifbutmaybewhen should be better for the experience, and could have a productive future under the guidance of trainer Earl Barnett.

Arctic Laur won her maiden on the dirt last fall, and has improved with each subsequent outing this year. She had a perfect stalking trip in her first grass start July 1, and won by a nose over first-level Ontario-sired stock.

Wednesday's second race marks the first leg of the pick seven, which has a carryover of $2,545. Baywoods is a possible single in the second, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Baywoods finished a distant but respectable third when she debuted in a seven-furlong maiden sprint June 17. Her two full sisters, Cherry Grove and Turtle Drive, both won going long, and Cherry Grove ran third in the Eternal Search Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Patrick Husbands retains the mount on Baywoods for Mark Casse, currently one of Woodbine's hottest trainers.