07/14/2009 11:00PM

Galipette to benefit from drop


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Galipette should benefit from some significant class relief in Friday's Woodbine feature, a second-level allowance for Ontario-sired fillies and mares that is scheduled for seven furlongs on the grass.

Galipette, a 5-year-old trained by David Bell, earned black type in September 2007, when she wound up second in the restricted La Prevoyante Stakes.

Galipette had a quiet 2008 campaign, during which she won 1 of 6 starts. That victory came in an open allowance going six furlongs on the grass in October, for which she earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 80.

Galipette made a rare start on the Polytrack when she came off the sidelines May 16. To her credit, she managed to hold on for third after a stalking trip in that $62,500 optional claimer. Last time, she ran sixth in the Zadracarta Stakes, a restricted dash that came up rather tough. She finished six lengths behind the classy winner, Saskawea. The runner-up, Bent Attorney, returned to take the Ernie Samuel Memorial Stakes at Fort Erie.

Justin Stein will ride Galipette, who is reacquiring blinkers after going without them for one start.

The other turf winners in the headliner are Bold Anna, Dancing Doris, and Graceful Gracie.

Bold Anna captured her turf debut over seven furlongs in an Ontario-sired allowance last October. She hasn't shown much this year, and was recently ninth in a $40,000 conditioned claimer on the grass.

Dancing Doris won an Ontario-sired allowance for nonwinners of two the only time she ran on the grass, which came in May of last year. She has made a good living in restricted allowance company, putting more than $160,000 in the bank.

Graceful Gracie's lone turf tally took place last summer, when she wired maidens going a mile and received a Beyer Figure of 71. She has run inconsistently in the interim, and her last score came May 15 in a seven-furlong allowance on the Polytrack.

Most recently, Graceful Gracie chased home stakes winners Anne's Purse and Sans Souci, ending up fifth in a fairly fast allowance sprint.

Bold Storm, Lookinoutforangels, and Serena's Rose are all trying the grass for the first time. Of them, Bold Storm, might handle the unfamiliar footing the best.

Bold Storm finished second to the heavily favored Edamame as a 33-1 outsider in her next-to-last outing, which came at this level. She is by the stakes-winning turf sprinter Bold n' Flashy, who is the sire of Galipette.