05/07/2007 12:00AM

Knocker seeks new win streak

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Knocker's five-race win streak was snapped when she finished fourth in a $62,500 optional claimer April 22. She will try to start a new streak at that same level in Wednesday's Woodbine feature, a six-furlong dash that drew a large field of fillies and mares.

Last year, Knocker spent most of her time in the barn of trainer Julia Carey, who sent her out to take a $25,000 claimer Oct. 6. She subsequently doubled up against $32,000 foes, and then notched her third win in a row against $40,000 claimers Nov. 17.

Knocker capped her 2006 campaign with a victory over $50,000 opposition Dec. 1, when she was claimed by The Very Dry Stable and trainer Bob Tiller for $47,500. After getting the winter off, she won a 6 1/2-furlong allowance convincingly April 8.

Knocker seemed a little flat in her latest, but the career-high 85 Beyer Speed Figure she received in that seven-furlong sprint suggests otherwise.

David Clark inherits the mount on Knocker from Emma Wilson, who's sticking with If Moma Aint Happy.

Trained by Sid Attard, If Moma Aint Happy captured 4 of 8 starts last year, all under Wilson. She tailed off late in the fall, but wound up second to favored Friendly Theresa in her season opener at this $62,500 level.

If Moma Aint Happy has lots of other speed to deal with here, most notably Devil's Bride and Very Much So. Devil's Bride, second in the 2005 Fanfreluche Stakes, has been absent since finishing off the board in an Oct. 6 optional claimer, which was won by stakes winner Seductively.

Very Much So outran all the other speed when she came off the sidelines in a five-furlong allowance in which she beat a mediocre field by a dwindling three-quarters of a length.

Angel on Watch was second to Seductively as the heavy favorite in the 2006 Selene Stakes. She went downhill after that Grade 3 event and was laid up for more than nine months before she wound up ninth in an April 19 allowance at Keeneland.

Archers Dream defeated first-level allowance stock on the front end while earning just a 70 Beyer on opening day. She has tactical speed and is 3 for 5 on the Polytrack, but will have to take her sharp form to another level in order to have an impact.