08/12/2008 11:00PM

Lucas Street choice off last


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Malcolm Pierce should be holding a strong hand in Friday's Woodbine headliner when he runs Lucas Street and One Across in the third-level allowance and optional claimer at 6o1/2 furlongs.

Lucas Street probably will be favored off her wide second-place finish behind multiple graded stakes winner Sugar Swirl in the six-furlong Scotzanna Stakes, for which she matched her previous career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 89.

After shipping here from New Orleans, Lucas Street won two consecutive allowances on the Polytrack in the spring. She had a troubled trip in her only lackluster effort of the year in the June 15 Zadracarta Stakes on turf, in which she was promoted from sixth to fifth by disqualification.

One Across kicked off her campaign with a narrow loss to Star Operator in an April 12 optional claimer. She subsequently ran second to My List in the Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes, while leaving Street Sounds and Marina Ballerina in her wake.

One Across was placed second through a disqualification after getting shuffled back when she switched to the turf in the Zadracarta. She was a fading seventh over yielding ground most recently in the Repercussion Stakes.

Yesshecandance is an interesting newcomer to the local scene. She captured the $100,000 JJ'sdream Stakes at Calder in the fall of 2006, before going to the sidelines for a year. She is winless in her last seven starts, and was claimed from her dismal Woodbine debut for $62,500 by trainer Mike Doyle.

Yolie won Yesshecandance's last race, a second-level allowance, by daylight after mowing down all the speed on the outside. She had a very productive 2007 campaign, winning 6 of 11 starts and earning $219,564.

Yolie is trained by Bob Tiller, who lost Knocker for $62,500 via a claim by trainer Sid Attard in that same July 18 race.

Knocker also had a stellar 2007 season, winning 5 of 9 outings and $213,002. She has three third-place finishes to her credit from only four starts this year, and appears past her prime.

Bear Bullet Too has a realistic chance to make the board. She outran Knocker when she was a narrowly beaten second after carving out the fractions in a seven-furlong optional claimer April 26.

Bear Bullet Too has had a break since her fifth-place finish as the favorite in a May 17 race won by London Snow, who returned to win the Ballade Stakes.