05/19/2002 11:00PM

Jet Drive is getting good again - beware!


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jet Drive, the classiest runner on Wednesday's eight-race program, should be among the favorites in the fourth race on the card, a $20,000 claimer for nonwinners-of-three.

Jet Drive, a 4-year-old gelding by Salem Drive, won the $105,200 Colin Stakes at 2 for trainer Wray Lawrence. After recovering from an injury, Jet Drive spent the winter of 2000-2001 with trainer Kelly Broussard at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, but didn't have any luck there, and was returned here to Lawrence in the spring of 2001.

Jet Drive ran well without winning in four starts last spring, which included a fourth-place finish in the Woodstock Stakes, and then was given the summer off. He resurfaced with trainer Alison Crook in the fall, and was turned over to trainer Martin Wansborough this year.

Lawrence claimed Jet Drive, on behalf of owner Bruno Schickedanz, in his second start of the current Woodbine meeting. Jet Drive finished seventh in that $16,000 race, but then was beaten only two lengths when third against $20,000 opponents two weeks ago, in his first try off the Lawrence claim.

Also entered in the seven-furlong sprint are Westfield, Matter of Love, Betsy's Forum, Cap's Lite, Like a Rockat, Speedy Comet, and Dema Wail.

Westfield, like Jet Drive, has had several trainers during his three-year racing career. He finished three-quarters of a length in front of Jet Drive after pressing the early pace on May 8, and was also a close second in the previous outing.

Gerry Olguin will ride Westfield, who recently switched trainers, going from Pat County Jr. to Lyle Morden.

Speedy Comet was in poor form until he dropped to meet $16,000 nonwinners-of-two May 11, and won by a neck against a fast-closing Stonewater after dueling through slow fractions.

Matter of Love showed sharp early speed before fading to finish fourth when he experimented around two turns in a recent $20,000 conditioned claimer. He hasn't hit the board in four starts this year, but could improve with the turn back in distance.

Betsy's Forum was beaten only 4 1/2 lengths when seventh in allowance company in two starts ago, on the second day of the meeting. He bombed last time, in a $16,000 claimer, saving ground over an outside-biased track. But he may rebound here, in his third start off the layoff.

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