07/21/2008 11:00PM

Lea's Moon looks best off last three


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Lea's Moon appears to have the most upside in Thursday's feature at Woodbine, a second-level allowance route for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

Lea's Moon has started three times for trainer Ian Back. She mounted a belated wide rally for second when she made her debut at seven furlongs May 21. Three weeks later, she broke slowly in a two-turn maiden special for Ontario-sired runners and wound up fourth after being blocked behind rivals in the stretch while in the midst of a rally from the back of the pack.

Most recently on June 29, in a maiden special that was taken off the grass, Lea's Moon rallied strongly along the inside to win her maiden going 1 1/16 miles under a great ride by Jono Jones.

There's some speed for Lea's Moon to run at on Thursday, and she should be closing prominently again under Jones.

Meanwhile, La Gran Leslie had a productive 2007 campaign while competing mainly on the Polytrack, earning $108,522. She has improved dramatically with each subsequent start this year, and was a wide-closing second in a one-mile allowance on the grass June 25.

Emma-Jayne Wilson picks up the mount on La Gran Leslie.

La Gran Emma finished third behind La Gran Leslie after making a wide bid from well back June 25. She won her previous race going long on the Polytrack over Critical Path, who subsequently won her next two starts, both in allowance company.

La Gran Emma's connections, jockey Tyler Pizarro and trainer Willie Armata, are a combined 7 for 21 at the meeting.

Spanish Colony set slow fractions before fading to third in La Gran Emma's maiden victory. Her new rider, apprentice Catherine O'Brien, has won 10 races at the meeting, and she won twice at Fort Erie on Monday.

Hours Apart is jumping up from the lower claiming ranks off a front-running third-place finish. She beat $10,000 nonwinners-of-two stock in her next-to-last outing.

Knotty Kat closed wide from sixth to beat a mediocre group of $12,500 conditioned claimers under apprentice Melanie Giddings on July 5.

Choir Practice wasn't an impact player in either of her June races at this level, both on the grass. Her two wins are on the Polytrack, over which she worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 last week.