10/24/2007 12:00AM

Raw Power has faced tougher

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - Friday's featured seventh race at Woodbine, a nine-furlong optional claimer, should be right up Raw Power's alley, provided that it remains on the grass.

Raw Power, a 7-year-old trained by Barb Minshall, outlasted Cloudy's Knight, the subsequent winner of the Grade 1 Canadian International, for second in the Buddy DiLiberto Memorial Handicap last December at the Fair Grounds. Another career highlight was his fourth-place finish in the July 2 King Edward Breeders' Cup here July 2. The gifted Eccentric barely won that Grade 2 stakes over reigning the Canadian turf champion, Sky Conqueror, and Jambalaya, who later captured the Grade 1 Arlington Million.

Raw Power went to the sidelines after ending up fifth in the restricted Ontario Jockey Club Stakes July 21. He was a wide-closing fourth as the favorite when he returned from a three-month layoff Oct. 13 in a seven-furlong optional claimer.

Raw Power will compete with a $60,000 claiming price on Friday. Jockey Jim McAleney should have him closing from well from off all the speed in the lineup.

As Expected, a versatile 8-year-old trained by Radlie Loney, should be the dominant speed. He has banked $200,997 at the meeting, compiling a record of 3-3-1 in 9 starts, all under Richard Dos Ramos.

As Expected won his next-to-last outing in a 6 1/2-furlong turf dash at Friday's level, and was recently third in a tough classified allowance. He can also handle the Polytrack, over which he won going 1 1/16 miles last May, beating two of his Friday opponents, Crackenthorpe and Colorful Judgement.

Crackenthorpe ended a drought by winning his last two starts, both in mid-level claimers on the grass. Most recently, he went directly to the front and opened up a five-length lead on the turn before holding on to score by daylight under Robert Landry. He came from mid-pack to take his previous race.

Colorful Judgement can handle either surface, and should be a rallying threat if he fires one of his better shots. He prevailed under similar conditions July 28, but has been a disappointment since his fourth-place finish in the Aug. 12 With Approval Stakes.

Get Down Wolfie has run only one poor race in eight outings this year, and wasn't far behind Colorful Judgement last time in a $50,000 claimer. His last victory came at Ellis Park in August of 2004.

Kettle Rapids led throughout a 1 1/2-mile turf allowance in his last appearance Sept. 22 and looks to be in peak form.