07/11/2004 11:00PM

Hard to knock Super Case

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It's not hard to make a case for Super Case in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, an $80,000 optional claimer at six furlongs on the grass.

Super Case has the same connections as I'm the Tiger, the winner of last Sunday's Bold Venture Handicap - Stronach Stable, trainer Danny Vella, and jockey Todd Kabel, who is the runaway leading rider at the Woodbine meeting.

Super Case won his first two starts last fall, both at six furlongs on the main track. He earned a Beyer Figure of 95 when he captured his debut on the front end, and subsequently defeated entry-level allowance opposition after coming from off the pace.

Super Case had his head handed to him in a tough Jan. 24 allowance, in his only winter outing at Gulfstream, but was razor sharp for his return to Woodbine on June 10. He beat a solid group of second-level allowance opposition on the grass that day, running six furlongs in a quick 1:08.60.

Super Case, a 4-year-old by Gold Case, is a half-brother to Collect the Case, a Grade 1 winner on the grass. He will be coupled with the speedy Lucky Tom, who is making his first start for trainer Mike Keogh.

Lucky Tom has won 2 of 4 turf outings, and has been inactive since the fall. Keogh took Sunday's allowance prep for the Royal North Handicap with the talented Hour of Justice, who like Lucky Tom was a Stronach Stable runner returning from an extended layoff.

The King N Rob and Slick as Sleet are two other front-runners in the eight-horse field.

The King N Rob will be making his first start on the grass. He received a 101 Beyer for winning a second-level allowance in the slop May 24, but got cooked in a speed duel at this level most recently.

Slick as Sleet ran a rapid second quarter in 22.40 seconds before ending up second to Super Case in his season opener June 10. He won 2 of 4 races in 2003, all at six furlongs on the grass.

The promising La Trillium will make her second career start in Wednesday's seventh race, a $32,000 optional claimer for nonwinners of two.

La Trillium, a 4-year-old trained by Paul Nielsen, won her June 19 debut in a seven-furlong maiden special by 11 1/2 lengths. Her final time of 1:23 was good for a 99 Beyer.

Seven other fillies and mares were entered in the seven-furlong sprint, including Elusive A.C., an easy winner against $40,000 maidens in her only start.