11/07/2001 12:00AM

Goodness, gracious - bet her


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Greatballsoffire, who was sizzling before her recent subpar showing, should get back on track in Friday's seventh race at Woodbine, a $62,500 optional claimer for fillies and mares.

Greatballsoffire has won four of her eight starts this year, banking $143,946. She was bought privately last fall by trainer John Cardella, who saddled her to an upset victory in a five-furlong race at this level on opening day of this long meeting.

Cardella bagged three straight races with Greatballsoffire in the summer. The streak began with back-to-back scores in $50,000 claimers, and was capped with an authoritative tally over $62,500 rivals Sept. 7.

In her most recent outing, on Sept. 30 in a 6 1/2-furlong race at this level, Greatballsoffire dueled on the lead over a dead rail and faded in the stretch to finish a well-beaten fifth. She was claimed that day by Sandy McPherson, who trained her during her successful winter stint at Aqueduct early in her 3-year-old season.

Greatballsoffire is past the 30-day jail time for claimed runners, so McPherson could have dropped her in value. The fact that he is keeping her at this same $62,500 price for which she was taken is a positive sign.

Apprentice Chantal Sutherland picks up the mount on Greatballsoffire, who is owned by Atto Mile sponsor John Atto.

Rounding out the field for the six-furlong dash are Miss Sweep, Valid Anthem, Regalclass, Small Promises, Cleocatra, Sinhouse, and Blondeinthemeadow.

Trainer Roger Attfield sends out the entry of Blondeinthemeadow and Small Promises.

Small Promises won the restricted Shady Well Stakes last year at 2, but has been a disappointment in just two starts this year. She was a distant fourth in the April 7 Star Shoot Stakes, and trailed a six-horse field in a Sept. 15 engagement at this level.

Two starts ago, Blondeinthemeadow was second on the grass in perhaps her best effort of the year. She won a slow preliminary allowance on the main track in June.

Miss Sweep rallied wide from last to dead-heat for first with favored Turner's Hall when she came off a layoff in a recent entry-level allowance. She earned a lifetime best Beyer Speed Figure of 80 in the process, but could bounce this time. Ralph Biamonte trains.

Cleocatra enjoyed an uncontested lead when she wired $40,000 opponents to record her first win of the meet Oct. 20. She figures to encounter a more taxing pace scenario this time, and may be hard-pressed to double up. Sid Attard is her trainer.

for entries.

Subscribers, to purchase Past Performances.

Non-subscribers, to purchase Past Performances.