07/14/2008 11:00PM

Post 13 winner favored to win again


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Somarvelous, a rare Woodbine Polytrack winner from post 13 in his last start, should be favored in Thursday's featured third race, a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance for Ontario-sired stock.

Somarvelous has started three times for owner-trainer Audre Cappuccitti. He debuted with little fanfare against $20,000 maidens May 3, but made a favorable impression by closing from far back for fourth. Three weeks later, he stepped up to Ontario-sired company and finished second over seven furlongs.

Somarvelous added Lasix for his first route try in another Ontario-sired maiden race June 12, and was bet down to 4-1 despite his undesirable wide draw. He went four wide on the first turn before rallying strongly to overhaul favored Knight's Cause at the eighth pole en route to a one-length victory.

Somarvelous has the highest last-race Beyer Speed Figure in Thursday's race (77).

There's little legitimate speed in the seven-horse field. Great It Tiz and Valid Venture are the probable pacemakers.

Great It Tiz was razor-sharp following a 9 1/2-month layoff May 16, when he won a seven-furlong maiden special with a 74 Beyer. Just 12 days later, he was a flat fifth while stretching out to 1 1/16 miles, and he finished a well-beaten fourth after flashing speed in another route June 14.

Great It Tiz has had nearly five weeks off heading into Thursday's race, and should get back on track.

Valid Venture had a productive 2-year-old campaign last year, which included a fifth-place finish behind Stuck in Traffic in the Frost King Stakes. He has been less dangerous this year, but he nearly got the job done in a 1 1/8-mile allowance that was taken off the grass June 30.

Slade Callaghan will ride Valid Venture for owner-trainer Laurie Silvera.

Rainbow Mischief is in with a shot. He was claimed for a bargain $16,000 in October by trainer Abraham Katryan, who sent him out to beat $20,000 maidens Oct. 28. Rainbow Mischief has raced three times this year, all at this level. He finished second, third, and fourth.

Say No Evil returns 13 days after his win at two turns in Ontario-sired maiden company.

Completing the field are Point Advanced and El Gran Jake, who are both in poor form.