11/03/2008 12:00AM

Piper in the Glen stands out on back class


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Piper in the Glen pulled off a stunning upset in the Deputy Minister Stakes in July. He has regressed since then, but is among the more likely winners in a second-level allowance for Ontario-sired stock on Wednesday at Woodbine.

Piper in the Glen was based at Fort Erie when he won the seven-furlong Deputy Minister from just off the pace, beating Stuck in Traffic. He returned $20.40 in that four-horse race, and was awarded an 82 Beyer Speed Figure, matching his career high.

Piper in the Glen lost his next start by a head in a seven-furlong allowance. He tried the turf for the first time Aug. 31 in the one-mile Vice Regent Stakes and wound up a distant sixth after pressing the pace.

Piper in the Glen then finished a fifth in a 6o1/2-furlong allowance race on the turf on Oct. 5 following a five-week break. Most recently in a seven-furlong allowance on the Polytrack, he stalked the leaders along the inside before ending up third.

Matt Moore will ride Piper of the Glen, who is trained by Zelijko Krcmar.

Hubbert's Peak outran Piper in the Glen on the grass Oct. 5, and was just behind that rival in fourth last time on the Polytrack. He had a productive spring-summer campaign, during which he won a first-level allowance race after hitting the board on five straight occasions.

Na Somsanith will ride Hubbert's Peak for trainer Scott Fairlie, who claimed the 5-year-old for a bargain $10,000 last December.

The two comebackers in the six-furlong dash - Stray Cat Stride and Ciano Nights - both have a chance to win.

Stray Cat Stride graduated second time out, dead-heating with Cappal Mor in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special in June. He has been idle since his front-running victory in a first-level allowance for Ontario-sired runners June 27, for which he was awarded an 81 Beyer.

Stray Cat Stride has been working fast on the Poly, and will likely lead the way. Her connections, trainer Danny O'Callaghan and jockey Richard Dos Ramos, teamed to win a recent optional claimer with Sweetdetermination.

Ciano Nights won a seven-furlong allowance in May, and was a wide-closing second in the June 11 Bold Ruckus Stakes on the grass. He has been sidelined since he was a well-beaten favorite in a June 28 allowance.