09/25/2006 11:00PM

Pedigrees give maiden races special interest

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Thursday's Woodbine card doesn't have any marquee events, but the nine-race program is filled with beautifully bred maidens who possess some potential.

Klissura is the one to beat in the opener, a six-furlong maiden special for fillies and mares on the Polytrack. She debuted in a five-furlong allowance on the inner dirt track Aug. 26, and wound up fifth after breaking a bit slowly. The third-place finisher, Precocious Penny, returned to prevail in first-level allowance.

Klissura, a daughter of Golden Missile, is from the family of stakes winners Victoriously Bold, Megas Vukevalos, and Debra's Victory. Her trainer, Kevin Attard, has an excellent record with second-time starters.

Moonlit Mistress is debuting in the first for trainer Jim Smith, who has a positive return on investment with first-timers. A daughter of top sire Deputy Minister, Moonlit Mistress is out of Group 1 French Oaks winner Lady in Silver, who has been a poor producer.

The fourth and seventh races are splits of a six-furlong maiden special on the grass.

Press Gently, who is making his first start for trainer Mark Casse in the fourth, was far back in his lone outing in January at Oaklawn. A son of Wild Rush, Press Gently is out of Hendrie Handicap winner Irish Cherry, the dam of Grade 1 winner Spun Sugar.

Woodland should challenge in the fourth off his runner-up placing in a six-furlong maiden dash on the Polytrack on Sept. 2. Woodland is out of Arborea, a classic winner in Australia, who has produced Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap winner Delta Form.

Ju Ju Beast and Mulmur are also contenders in the fourth.

Ju Ju Beast has been laid up since finishing third and fourth in a pair of one-mile maiden races on the grass in January at Santa Anita. He is a half-brother Grade 3 Lone Star Derby winner Wanna Runner, who flopped as the favorite in this year's Queen's Plate.

Mulmur, a Sam-Son Farm homebred by Smart Strike, lost a maiden special on the grass by a nose July 3, and has been rested since ending up fourth as the favorite in another turf outing Aug. 2.

The seventh race includes El Vagabond, a Stronach Stable-owned first-time starter by El Prado. He is the first foal from Mister Crafty, a minor stakes winner on dirt.

Carla Dee deserves top billing in the seventh if it remains on the grass. He was beaten a neck in his lone grass attempt in August while receiving an Beyer Speed Figure of 80, the highest in this field.ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Thursday's Woodbine card doesn't have any marquee events, but the nine-race program is filled with beautifully bred maidens who possess some potential.

Klissura is the one to beat in the opener, a six-furlong maiden special for fillies and mares on Polytrack. She debuted in a five-furlong allowance on the inner dirt track Aug. 26, and wound up fifth after breaking a bit slowly. The third-place finisher, Precocious Penny, returned to prevail in a first-level allowance.

Klissura, a daughter of Golden Missile, is from the family of stakes winners Victoriously Bold, Megas Vukevalos, and Debra's Victory. Her trainer, Kevin Attard, has an excellent record with second-time starters.

Moonlit Mistress is debuting in the first for trainer Jim Smith, who has a positive return on investment with first-timers. A daughter of top sire Deputy Minister, Moonlit Mistress is out of Group 1 French Oaks winner Lady in Silver, who has been a poor producer.

The fourth and seventh races are splits of a six-furlong maiden special on the grass.

Press Gently, who is making his first start for trainer Mark Casse in the fourth, was far back in his lone outing in January at Oaklawn. A son of Wild Rush, Press Gently is out of Hendrie Handicap winner Irish Cherry, the dam of Grade 1 winner Spun Sugar.

Woodland should challenge in the fourth off his runner-up placing in a six-furlong maiden dash on Polytrack on Sept. 2. Woodland is out of Arborea, a classic winner in Australia, who has produced Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap winner Delta Form.

Ju Ju Beast and Mulmur are also contenders in the fourth.

Ju Ju Beast has been laid up since finishing third and fourth in a pair of one-mile maiden races on the grass in January at Santa Anita. He is a half-brother to Grade 3 Lone Star Derby winner Wanna Runner, who flopped as the favorite in this year's Queen's Plate.

Mulmur, a Sam-Son Farm homebred by Smart Strike, lost a maiden special on the grass by a nose July 3, and has been rested since ending up fourth as the favorite in another turf outing Aug. 2.

The seventh race includes El Vagabond, a Stronach Stable-owned first-time starter by El Prado. He is the first foal from Mister Crafty, a minor stakes winner on dirt.

Carla Dee deserves top billing in the seventh if it remains on the grass. He was beaten a neck in his lone grass attempt in August while receiving an Beyer Speed Figure of 80, the highest in this field.