08/18/2009 11:00PM

Miss Ollie's turn to win at Woodbine


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Miss Ollie seems poised for an overdue victory in Friday's nominal feature at Woodbine, assuming that the $40,000 conditioned claimer remains on the grass.

Miss Ollie is winless since July of 2008, when she graduated over $50,000 maidens while going a mile, the distance of Friday's race. She ran well for third two starts later against $40,000 nonwinners-of-three foes, but her final two outings last year were disappointing.

Miss Ollie never seriously threatened in her first two starts this year, which were both on Polytrack. She got back on the competitive track in a turf sprint June 19, and was also third in a $40,000 nonwinners-of-two route just eight days later.

Most recently, in a seven-furlong turf event, Miss Ollie was blocked behind a wall of horses on the turn and bumped early in the stretch before rallying for second in a 13-horse field.

Jono Jones retains the mount on the Mike Doyle-trained Miss Ollie, a daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and Ing Ing, a Group 3 winner in France.

Velvet Hammer should be a factor, regardless of the surface. She participated in several turf stakes last year, and managed to finish a distant fourth in the $252,800 Wonder Where.

Velvet Hammer was a minor player in her first two appearances of the year, which were both on the turf. She was recently second in a Polytrack route at this level behind Nalee's Crown, who came back to capture a first-level allowance.

Theworldismystage is jumping up off a runaway maiden triumph over $5,000 opposition at Fort Erie, where she was claimed by trainer John LeBlanc Jr. She has never won on the grass, but she possesses an excellent turf pedigree, and was beaten only 4 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream in her last turf foray.

Toxaway is questionable over middle distances, but could be a speed threat with blinkers off. She wasn't far behind Miss Ollie in sixth in her penultimate outing, but was softened up in a speed duel last time and wound up a well-beaten eighth.

Putalitleboogyinit's lone turf excursion last year was a bust. She beat $32,000 maidens in his belated season opener July 3, and is coming off a fifth-place finish in Nalee's Crown's allowance win.

Honeymoon Suite was entered only for the Polytrack. She was a wide-closing second in her last race, which came against $25,000 nonwinners-of-two stock.