Updated on 09/18/2011 2:09AM

I'm Spectral takes distinct drop


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - I'm Spectral is a clear choice for Friday's $73,500 allowance feature at Woodbine.

Trained by Tino Attard, I'm Spectral is coming off back-to-back third-place finishes in stakes races for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

Now, I'm Spectral is scheduled to travel one mile on the turf course in an Ontario-sired allowance for 3-year-olds and up who have not won three races.

"He worked good the other day, on grass," said Attard, who sent out I'm Spectral to breeze five furlongs in 1:02.60 on the turf training course last Friday. "I think he'll be tough."

I'm Spectral was winless in three starts at 2, including a sixth-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie on closing day.

"We were just taking it easy with him last year," said Attard. "He was showing us that he was going to be a half-decent horse, so we just took our time with him."

That patience has paid dividends as I'm Spectral has won 2 of 5 starts this year while never finishing worse than third, with his scores coming over seven furlongs and 1o1/16 miles on the main track.

I'm Spectral's third-place stakes finishes came in the Deputy Minister, over 7 1/2 furlongs on the inner track, and the Vice Regent, over one mile on grass.

"I think he likes dirt better," said Attard. "But he ran a good race last time on soft turf."

Patrick Husbands will return aboard I'm Spectral, whose most dangerous rival would appear to be Pyramid Park.

Trained by Mike Doyle, Pyramid Park ended just a neck behind I'm Spectral as the fourth-place finisher in the Vice Regent.

Attard has shot with Silver Gun

Attard has been on a bit of a roll lately with two wins from his last four starters here and two wins from his last six entrants at Fort Erie.

Silver Gun, his only other entrant here Friday, looks to be in with a good chance to add to those totals.

Silver Gun, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Lawrence Deakins, is among 12 entrants (including three also-eligibles) in a $40,000 claiming race over seven furlongs on turf.

Claimed for $50,000 here Aug. 11, Silver Gun has started twice for his new barn, finishing fifth and then third at the $50,000 level.

"I like the old horse," said Attard. "He's good right now; he's happy. I think we've got a shot to win both races."

Zetetic returns for new trainer

Zetetic, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old owned by Pin Oak Stable, will make his local debut in Friday's $66,800 supporting feature, a $62,500 optional claimer with second-level allowance conditions.

Zetetic had been training at Arlington before being sent to trainer Malcolm Pierce here last month along with stablemate Devilment.

Zetetic, who will be making his first start on Polytrack here at seven furlongs, has not raced since finishing second in a second-level allowance over 1 1/16 miles at Louisiana Downs last Dec. 31.

In his other start at that meeting, Zetetic finished second in the off-the-turf Woodchopper at 1 1/16 miles.

"He's a nice, nice horse," said Pierce, "but the layoff is obviously a concern.

"I think he's more of a grass horse, but he worked quite well last week over Polytrack and we might as well find out now whether he likes it. We've got to get started somewhere, and this is his condition."

Meanwhile, Devilment made his first start here last Saturday and finished third, beaten a half-length, while competing under third-level allowance terms at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"I'd entered him in the prep for the Durham Cup, but it didn't go," said Pierce, who had hoped to race the Kentucky-bred 4-year-old Devilment over a more suitable 1 1/16 miles in that allowance race scheduled for last Friday.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Durham Cup, a 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be run here Oct. 14.

Stradivinsky stretches out

Pierce also plans to be represented by Stradivinsky in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds.

Stradivinsky, a 3-year-old gelding owned and bred by Live Oak Plantation, joined Pierce's string here this summer and was an impressive winner while competing over seven furlongs under third-level allowance conditions in his Polytrack debut.

"The distance concerns me a little bit, coming from seven furlongs to a mile and an eighth," said Pierce. "But this race is on our agenda, and he worked well for it last week."

On Sunday, Stradivinsky worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds.

Oh So Awesome late add to derby

The Ontario Derby also will attract at least one shipper as Oh So Awesome, who is based at Belmont with trainer Jimmy Jerkens, was scheduled to be supplemented on Thursday.

The $4,000 supplementary fee includes the regular entry fee of $2,000.

Owned by Team Valor Stables, Oh So Awesome arrived here Wednesday morning and is heading into the Ontario Derby off a fourth-place finish under first-level allowance terms over one mile at Belmont on Sept. 16.

Oh So Awesome, who began his campaign in France, finished fifth in both the Belmont Stakes, where he was beaten 9 3/4 lengths by Jazil, and the Jim Dandy, where he ended 10 3/4 lengths behind Bernardini.