08/18/2008 11:00PM

Pellegrino adds class to feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The classy 9-year-old Pellegrino will compete with a $60,000 price tag in Thursday's Woodbine headliner, a second-level allowance and optional claimer scheduled for 1 1/2 miles on the grass.

Pellegrino captured the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup in 2004, two years after he placed in two of the biggest races in Argentina, the Carlos Pellegrini and the Argentine Derby. He has spent most of the last three years with trainer Roger Attfield, who has sent him out to win three stakes, including the Singspiel on the grass here last summer.

Pellegrino has run erratically in recent years, and has struggled since his victory in a 1 1/2-mile allowance on the Polytrack on Nov. 16. He was a distant sixth in this year's Singspiel, and is coming off a fifth-place finish behind Seaside Retreat in the allowance prep for the Nijinsky Stakes.

Attfield also entered the European import Spice Route, who trailed a nine-horse field in his North American debut on Cushion Track in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup in June.

Spice Route routinely earned 100-plus Racing Post Ratings in England, where he won his maiden going 1 1/2 miles under 129 pounds last year. Perhaps his best effort was a third-place finish in the Group 3 Huxley Stakes in May.

Dubai Gold, a stretch-runner trained by Alec Fehr, was third in each of his three most recent races, most notably in the 1 1/2-mile Singspiel. David Clark was aboard when he rallied inside from left field to prevail at this optional claiming level May 3.

Lion Ridge, a son of classic winner and top sire Montjeu, also began his career in England, but without any success. A 4-year-old trained by Brian Lynch, he won his maiden following a one-year layoff here June 22, in a strong race that has produced three next-start winners.

It's Like This, third in last year's Breeders' Stakes, is exiting a victory in a 1 1/2-mile allowance that was taken off the grass. He was previously seventh in the Singspiel.

Skip Code, the 2006 Grey BC Stakes winner, was competitive in recent $40,000 claiming race on the Polytrack.

Young Dom possesses some positive experience over extended distances on the grass, and could be the sleeper.