09/07/2010 12:22PM

Nice Lady cuts back to a sprint


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Nice Lady nearly got the job done the last time she cut back from a route to a sprint, and she could be up to snuff on the turnback in Thursday’s Woodbine feature, a nonwinners-of-three allowance for Ontario-sired females.

Nice Lady was a bargain $9,500 claim from her season opener April 16 by trainer Scott Fairlie, who subsequently won a nonwinners-of-two Ontario-sired allowance with her, earning a hefty $35,820. She has competed exclusively at Thursday’s level since then, with mixed success.

Nice Lady was second in back-to-back routes late in the spring and then finished a flat fourth as the favorite going 1 1/16 miles July 7. A week later, she shortened to seven furlongs and came charging late on the outside to end up a close second under Gerry Olguin, while leaving three of her current rivals behind her.

Nice Lady had a wide journey most recently, when she was a non-threatening fifth going long. She shortens to 6 1/2 furlongs in this spot and should be closing with Olguin back after a one-race absence.

Lady Elena took an eternity to clear the nonwinners-of-two Ontario-sired allowance condition, and she finally turned the trick two races back in a six-furlong sprint on the Polytrack. She also performed well in an Aug. 18 turf experiment, finishing third after awaiting room on the turn. Luis Contreras, who retains the mount on Lady Elena, is 1 for 4 at the meet when riding for trainer Brian Lynch.

Getting Bold hit the top three in each of her six outings at the meet for owner/trainer Paul Buttigieg, who’s had a career year. She hung late and wound up second after looking the part of a winner in a six-furlong dash Aug. 1.

Lucky n’ Bold could lead the way under Chantal Sutherland, who was aboard for Oct. 24 triumph in allowance company. She has been idle since a July 14 fade job, and trainer John LeBlanc Jr. has worked her five times leading up to this engagement.

Domasquerade Party has been a minor player at this level throughout the meet. She has been freshened since ending up third behind Getting Bold on Aug. 1.

D’ Country is exiting a third-place finish around two turns behind Selembao and Interregnum, who both fared well in their next respective starts.