05/16/2010 11:00PM

Hot Peppers Bro looks like a price


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hot Peppers Bro could be an up-and-comer in the Ontario-sired ranks, and he seems capable of making an impact in the contentious Wednesday night feature at Woodbine, a 5o1/2-furlong allowance for nonwinners of two.

Hot Peppers Bro debuted with little fanfare on closing day of the 2009 Woodbine meet, Dec. 6. Sent off at 45-1, he broke slowly in the $25,000 claimer before overcoming traffic problems to finish a game second.

Hot Peppers Bro did not start again until April 23, when he competed in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired runners. He had another tardy start that day, but then rushed up to contest the pace along the rail before drawing off to beat next-out winner Knave of Hearts and 10 others.

Hot Peppers Bro was 13-1 when he graduated, and he should be a double-digit price on Wednesday with Emile Ramsammy riding for trainer Alex Patykewich.

The Boy's Ring should be well backed, even though he finished a tired eighth in his season opener April 25. He had been idle for more than nine months, and had to have needed the race for conditioning purposes.

The Boy's Ring won his maiden at first asking last May with an excellent Beyer Speed Figure of 86, before ending up second in the restricted Bold Ruckus Stakes on turf. He missed the second half of 2009 after coming up empty in the seven-furlong Deputy Minister Stakes on Polytrack.

Richard Dos Ramos will ride The Boy's Ring for owner/trainer Paul Buttigieg.

There is ample speed in the 12-horse field, including Iwillgotothemoon and Ask the Bestman.

Iwillgotothemoon romped second time out last August against $40,000 maidens, but didn't action again until this spring, when he wound up on the edges in a pair of allowances.

Ask the Bestman showed promise last spring before going to the sidelines, and he got his diploma while earning a 76 Beyer Figure in his first appearance of the meet April 10. He was softened up in a speed duel in his first allowance attempt two weeks ago, and finished fifth.