11/10/2003 12:00AM

Rockin on Ice looking hot in sprint


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rockin on Ice has been on a roll throughout the second half of the Woodbine meeting, and he should be favored in Wednesday's nominal feature, a $32,000 claimer for fillies and mares.

Rockin on Ice was claimed by owner Johnny Martellacci and trainer Abraham Katryan for just $18,000 on Sept. 25 from her second straight 5 1/2-length score in conditioned claiming company. She defeated $32,000 opposition in her first start off the claim, and then finished third in a tough $40,000 claimer won by a sharp invader from Manitoba.

Rockin on Ice tracked a moderate pace in the slop against $32,000 stock in her most recent start, on Nov. 2, and finished second, a head back of front-running Miss Kitty Hawk. There was a nine-length gap back to favored Private Extension in the seven-furlong event.

Emile Ramsammy, Woodbine's third-leading rider, will ride Rockin On Ice, who has grown accustomed to running back on relatively short rest.

Also entered in the six-furlong dash are Secret Rush, No Cheating, Be My Valentine, Sez Who's Gold, Royal Distraction, Redcarpettreatment, and Susan Gracey.

Royal Distraction is continuing her slide down the value ladder. She has won 3 of her 8 starts at this meet, and was fifth after stalking a lively pace when she returned from a freshening to face $40,000 foes Oct. 24.

Trainer Sid Attard will give Patrick Husbands a leg up on Royal Distraction. Husbands took a run at leading rider Todd Kabel on the weekend and sits just four wins behind him heading into Wednesday's card. Husbands, who won three consecutive races on Saturday, including the Woodbine Slots Cup aboard No Comprende, has won with 143 of his 707 mounts, which have accumulated earnings of just over $9.7 million.

Jim McAleney, fourth in the rider standings, will ride Secret Rush, a once-speedy 4-year-old who is dropping from the second allowance category. She could flash early foot along the inside if McAleney decides to send her.

Be My Valentine was claimed from a poor effort for $25,000 Sept. 1 by trainer Dave Schmidt.

She then won a slow preliminary allowance at Fort Erie Oct. 5.

No Cheating has won four of her eight starts at the meeting, but has suffered a double-digit loss in each of her two most recent outings.

Sez Who's Gold defeated $20,000 conditioned opponents in her latest, and could do some damage in her third appearance off a layoff.