07/28/2008 12:00AM

Palace Pier due to end drought


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Palace Pier has been coming close in second-level optional $62,500 claiming company, and may have found a field that she can handle in Wednesday's featured seventh race at Woodbine.

Palace Pier, a 4-year-old trained by Darwin Banach, is winless since December 2006, when she captured the restricted Ontario Lassie Stakes in front-running style. She earned some additional black type the following April by finishing third in the Grade 2 Beaumont at Keeneland.

Palace Pier closed on the outside from off slow fractions to end up second in her next-to-last outing on the grass. Most recently, she lacked room at the quarter pole before rallying to finish three-quarters of a length back in second, in a mile-and- 70-yard route that was taken off the turf.

Wednesday's 1 1/16-mile feature has two front-runners, Rushen Heat and Mizz Shakin.

Rushen Heat, a full sister to graded stakes winners Golden Doc A. and Unusual Suspect, won her June 5 season opener in a second-level allowance on the grass at Hollywood Park. Trainer Barry Abrams subsequently shipped her north of the border to finish second and third here in two optional claimers.

Mizz Shakin led throughout her first two-turn race a month ago in a first-level allowance, while earning a much-improved 83 Beyer Speed Figure. David Clark rides her for trainer Phil England, a successful combination.

Parrsboro Gold has scored twice at this level, going long without a tag in December, and running seven furlongs with a $60,000 claiming price April 18. After ending up sixth in back-to-back starts in the spring, she was a wide-closing second in a slow-paced optional claimer June 29.

Emma Ain't Bluffin has won three consecutive races at 1 1/16 miles, while scaling the value ladder. Her remarkable streak began against $12,500 maidens May 9, and she doubled up against $20,000 conditioned claimers just nine days later. She rallied wide from left field to take a first-level allowance with a 76 Beyer in her last start.

Bold Corky, claimed for a bargain $12,500 last July, has banked more than $150,000 since then. She found the mark in two consecutive allowance sprints in April and May, before finishing fourth in the restricted Ballade Stakes.

Poetic Fan posted a 25-1 upset last out in a 1 1/4-mile allowance on the grass.