06/01/2008 11:00PM

Mamma's Knight in vs. softer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mamma's Knight, who was scratched from Sunday's Plate Trial Stakes, will meet a much easier group in Wednesday's second race, a first-level Ontario-sired allowance at 1o1/16 miles.

Mamma's Knight rallied to graduate, barely, going a mile and 70 yards last November. He subsequently finished sixth and fifth, respectively, in two restricted stakes, the seven-furlong Frost King and the 1 1/16-mile Kingarvie.

Mamma's Knight was a wide sixth in an open allowance when he came off the sidelines April 19. Most recently, in a seven-furlong Ontario-sired allowance, he closed belatedly for fourth after breaking slowly. The rival who finished directly in front of him that day, Money Spitter, returned to win an allowance race.

Jerry Baird will ride Mamma's Knight for trainer Sam DiPasquale; as a combination they are 3 for 8 at the meeting.

Wednesday's headliner starts the pick seven, which has a carryover of $55,965. The other obvious threat in the six-horse field is the possible pacemaker, Bold Suspect.

Bold Suspect finished fourth in last year's Kingarvie, when he was still a maiden. He graduated in a two-turn maiden special for Ontario-sired stock in December, before getting the winter off.

Bold Suspect never challenged in his first start back, in an open allowance sprint April 19, and was recently fifth behind Mamma's Knight. He won his maiden with blinkers, and trainer Catherine Day Phillips is putting them back on Wednesday after going one race without them.

Chantal Sutherland retains the mount on Bold Suspect, who worked a half-mile in 49 seconds on Saturday.

Cool Hand Duke ran well in both of his outings for trainer Bob Tiller. He was a closing second in his debut in November, and earned his diploma going seven furlongs in his season opener.

Cool Hand Duke has a blend of speed and stamina in his pedigree, and Tiller has fared okay with his sprint-to-route runners over the years.

Valid Venture is the only runner in the lineup to crack 70 on the Beyer Figure scale. He has been idle since ending up fifth in the Nov. 14 Frost King, and has never raced beyond seven furlongs.

Hail the Moon is exiting a 10-length score over $10,000 maidens going long on the dirt at Fort Erie. He was previously ineffective here on the Poly.

Point Advanced beat $20,000 maidens in his 11th start here May 19.