Updated on 09/15/2011 2:23PM

Katryan's 'Amazonian' chance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Abraham Katryan, fresh off a successful weekend at Woodbine, will send out Amazonian Racekey in Wednesday's Woodbine headliner for fillies and mares.

A field of five was drawn for the 1 1/16-mile preliminary allowance race worth $58,100.

Amazonian Racekey has banked $106,979 this season while winning three of nine outings. She toppled $16,000 claiming nonwinners-of-three company in her second start of the meet, and then made her way up in company, eventually winning a $32,000 nonwinners-of-three July 21.

Amazonian Racekey won again while competing with a $35,000 tag Aug. 24, and has earned a check in each of her last three attempts, all at this level. She was second in her penultimate outing, but could only manage a fourth-place finish most recently when more was expected.

Katryan predicts a better effort from Amazonian Racekey on Wednesday. "I think she's come back to hand again," Katryan said. "She missed a few meals, and wasn't herself before her last race. She's much improved now. She's back on her regular routine. I blew her out [three-eighths] in 37 the other day. She should run much better this time.'

Emile Ramsammy rides for Katryan, who won a classified allowance with stable star Wake at Noon on Saturday. Katryan had another winner Sunday, when he sent out Beautiful Belle to finish second in the Jammed Lovely Stakes.

Rounding out the field for Wednesday's fourth race are Drax Hall with Slade Callaghan up; Glory's Story, Gilbert Searchwell; Hollywood Ending, apprentice Chantal Sutherland; and Supreme Hi, Steven Bahen.

Hollywood Ending graduated over maiden special opposition as a front-runner when she stretched out to this distance Oct. 7, but she ran poorly most recently at this level after getting hung wide on the first turn.

Trainer C.C. Hopmans Jr. thinks Hollywood Ending didn't respond to rating tactics last out, and said he will employ a different strategy this time. "She should be on the lead Wednesday night," he said.

Drax Hall has competed on the grass with mixed success in her three appearances at the meet for trainer Phil England. She finished a close second in a one-mile allowance Sept. 2, but she could only manage fifth as the favorite in a similar event Oct. 7, when a wide trip and a troubled break hindered her chances.

Drax Hall was third in two of her three starts over the Aqueduct inner track last winter, and has a respectable dirt record.

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