10/17/2014 11:43AM

Goldstryke Glory back on Polytrack for Ontario Fashion

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Michael Burns
Goldstryke Glory may have to alter tactics rather than gun for the lead in the Ontario Fashion.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Goldstryke Glory will return to Polytrack after three consecutive starts on turf for Sunday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes at Woodbine.

After a close sixth-place finish in the Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 25, Goldstryke Glory was being pointed to the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes on Oct. 10 at Keeneland. But trainer Kelly Callaghan said she opted to stay home amid rainy weather in Lexington, Ky.

“My spots are a little bit limited with her,” Callaghan said. “She’s never been on the soft grass, so I didn’t want to ship all of the way there to take a chance.”

Goldstryke Glory has been on the lead in many of her races and was able to reel off three consecutive gate-to-wire wins last season. But with a step up to graded stakes company this season, Callaghan said a change in tactics could be required to find the winner’s circle.

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“It worked [last year] because there wasn’t anything behind her to catch her,” she said. “I don’t think she needs to be on the lead, but I do think we need to change how she runs to compete with the better horses. If she keeps doing what she’s doing, she’s going to get caught every time because she’s setting the race up for a closer.”

Ontario Fashion Stakes, Race 9

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KEY CONTENDERS

Goldstryke Glory (Last 3 Beyers: 87-83-84)

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: Callaghan has a 29 percent strike rate with horses moving from turf to synthetic over the past five years, with a return on investment of $2.62.

Disco Barbie (Last 3 Beyers: 89-84-82)

◗ Disco Barbie ships in off a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Masters Stakes on Sept. 8. With plenty of early speed to chase, she should be in an ideal position to take advantage if the speed falters in the late going.

Silent Treat (Last 3 Beyers: 90-76-93)

◗ Silent Treat has been a pace presence in her previous efforts but likely won’t be able to match the early speed of Goldstryke Glory. She’s also switching back to Polytrack but did win the restricted Ballade Stakes on this surface back in May.

Native Bombshell (Last 3 Beyers: 83-61-79)

◗ Native Bombshell will be making her first start since winning the Ruling Angel Stakes here last October, earning a career-best 83 Beyer.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: Trainer Chad Brown is 0 for 13 with horses returning from layoffs of more than 180 days in graded stakes over the past five years.