03/30/2007 12:00AM

Friendly Theresa could be speed of the speed


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - There's no shortage of speed in Sunday's Woodbine headliner, a $62,500 optional claimer, but the dominant front-runner in the six-horse field could be Friendly Theresa.

Friendly Theresa, a durable 7-year-old, was an astute $40,000 claim in 2005 by trainer Julia Carey. She has won five races for Carey, including her 2006 seasonal debut here at five furlongs, in which she beat Astounding Truth, who came right back to take the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes.

"She's good fresh," said Carey. "Hopefully, she can do a repeat of last year. That was a good race. She's been training great. I'd feel really confident if it was on the dirt. I'm not so sure that she likes the Polytrack, but she might be able to overcome that going five-eighths."

The highest placing that Friendly Theresa recorded in three Polytrack performances was a third-place finish in a slowly run $100,000 optional claimer.

Todd Kabel inherits the mount on Friendly Theresa from the injured Jim McAleney, who was aboard for all of her workouts in March.

Runaway Sunshine, If Moma Aint Happy, and Seal of Moulin are the other front-runners in the lineup.

Runaway Sunshine struggled in her first two outings last year before capturing first- and second-level allowances.

If Moma Aint Happy won 4 of 8 starts in 2006, including a five-furlong allowance on opening day. She has run hot and cold on the Polytrack, but managed to beat Friendly Theresa when second in the $100,000 optional claimer.

Seal of Moulin has tactical speed, and could have an ideal outside stalking trip under apprentice Michelle Rainford. She won two consecutive Ontario-sired events in October before scoring from just off the pace in an open allowance in November.

The best of two supporting features on the second day of the meeting, a five-furlong allowance for 3-year-old fillies, has three obvious comebacking contenders - Bear Bullet Two, Native Legend, and My List.

Bear Bullet Two won her maiden impressively after a layoff Nov. 3, receiving an 87 Beyer. She has been idle since running eighth behind eventual graded stakes winner Sealy Hill in the Nov. 19 Glorious Song Stakes.

Native Legend overcame a tardy break to prevail in her only start over two next-out winners. She is a half-sister to Grade 2 stakes winners Prized Stamp and Classic Stamp.

My List placed in three stakes at 2 before winning a seven-furlong maiden special in her season finale.