09/25/2005 11:00PM

Maiden juveniles get a chance to shine


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Woodbine has put on some fine racing throughout September, but there are no legitimate feature races on Wednesday's eight-race card.

There are, however, several intriguing maiden special weight events for 2-year-olds, including the first, which is scheduled for a mile on the grass.

Golf Trip may have the most potential. He closed belatedly going 6 1/2 furlongs on the grass when he made his debut Aug. 7, finishing fourth behind Seeking Shelter, who came back to be second in the Simcoe Stakes. A son of Woodman, Golf Trip is a half-brother to Breeders' Stakes winner Free Vacation, Canada's champion turf female in 1999.

Celtic Ruler could be favored off his second-place finish behind Run Justin Run in a seven-furlong maiden race on the turf Sept. 3. Celtic Ruler has since had two bullet works over the turf training course for trainer Roger Attfield.

Thinking Out Loud, fifth behind Celtic Ruler when he switched to the grass for his second outing, is another possibility. He is making his second start with Lasix, an angle which often leads to improvement with 2-year-olds.

Thinking Out Loud ran fourth behind the promising Seaside Retreat when he made his debut on the main track. Heavy rains here Monday morning could lead to the races being moved to dirt, which shouldn't hinder him too much.

Several runners going around two turns for the first time could dominate the third race, particularly Elfros and Blameitonmyyouth.

Elfros finished third in a seven-furlong maiden special taken off the grass in his first start. By popular sire El Prado, Elfros is a half-brother to a pair of route winners, including stakes-placed Bala.

Blameitonmyyouth, a $120,000 yearling purchase by hot sire Broken Vow, is out of the Sultry Song mare Ideal Song, who won going long and has thrown a route winner. Blameitonmyyouth got away slowly before racing wide throughout in his opener, finishing well back in that Aug. 7 contest.

The seventh race, a 5 1/2-furlong dash for Ontario-sired stock, is a wide-open event that could be the coming out party for Rye on the Rocks. He made a mild bid when fifth in his only appearance in July and has worked extensively in the interim.

The seventh-place finisher from that July 30 race, Krz Dash, is also in this field. He raced on a dead rail in that race after getting away a little slowly and, as a half-brother to the late-blooming millionaire Krz Ruckus, has a license to improve with experience.