07/18/2007 12:00AM

Serenading should handle next step


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Serenading, a 3-year-old filly who had been under serious consideration for Sunday's Ontario Matron, will be looking to extend her streak in Friday's main supporting feature here at Woodbine.

The $73,800 allowance and optional claimer for fillies and mares on the main track is carded as the third race and attracted a field of seven.

Serenading has won her last two starts at Friday's 1 1/16-mile distance, under maiden special and first-level allowance terms, and should handle the step up in conditions under leading rider David Clark.

Owned by John and Glenn Sikura and trained by Josie Carroll, Serenading is a full sister to the stakes winner Handpainted.

Blonde Wisdom, who also was among the Ontario Matron nominees, is coming off a decent try under these terms but is a win-shy sort.

Bold Comment a frequent runner-up

Also on the card is a $66,800 Ontario-sired allowance for nonwinners of three, most notable for the presence of Bold Comment, who has finished second in his last six starts and in 10 of his 16 lifetime outings.

Bold Comment, who is owned by Windways Farm and Quinn Stable and trained by Malcolm Pierce, seemed to be in a can't-miss position approaching the wire in his last try under these terms on June 29, but was nipped by Fudgethebottomline.

Armed and Hammered, who finished fourth in that June 29 race, seems the likeliest to inherit the win this time. Owned by Clarity Stable and trained by Greg De Gannes, Armed and Hammered was off to a horrendous start from his inside post that day.

Armed and Hammered will have a new rider here in Emma-Jayne Wilson and is racing at a distance other than six furlongs for the first time.

Lacadena favored in filly sprint

A 2-year-old allowance, a 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies that offers a purse of $62,800, goes as race 7 and will have a prohibitive favorite in Lacadena.

Owned by Jim and Alice Sapara and trained by Josie Carroll, Lacadena won her debut at two furlongs here April 28 and then finished second to the invading colt Kodiak Kowboy in the five-furlong Victoria on June 17. Kodiak Kowboy, trained by Steve Asmussen, came back to capture the Grade 3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs.

Northern Dancer invaders on grounds

Obrigado and Marsh Side, the two invaders for Sunday's Grade 2, $700,000 Northern Dancer, checked into Woodbine on Wednesday.

Obrigado, based in California with trainer Neil Drysdale, left there Tuesday evening and was settling in here with traveling companion Julio Garcia.

Marsh Side, based at Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm in Maryland, made the trip north by van and arrived late Wednesday afternoon.

Garrett Gomez, who was aboard when Obrigado won the Grade 2 San Luis Obispo at 1 1/2 miles on grass at Santa Anita this February, will be back in the saddle following a two-race hiatus.

Gomez also will ride Elle Runaway for trainer Malcolm Pierce in Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 Dance Smartly, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Marsh Side will be ridden by Wilson, who was aboard when the 4-year-old colt won the 1 3/4-mile Valedictory in his first appearance at Woodbine last Dec. 10. The Northern Dancer will be Marsh Side's first start since then.

Wilson also has the mount on Essential Edge in the Dance Smartly.

Cruise to ride The Carbon Unit

The Carbon Unit was to have been ridden by Irish jockey Pat Shanahan in the Northern Dancer. But when Shanahan was injured on Tuesday, the door was opened for Garry Cruise, who has been aboard The Carbon Unit in his last two workouts.

The Carbon Unit will make his first start for trainer Roger Attfield in the Northern Dancer.

Cruise also has the call on Scarlet Butterfly in the Dance Smartly.

Dancing Allstar ready to face males

A stakes doubleheader will be on tap here Saturday with the $125,000 Colin, a six-furlong race for 2-year-olds, attracting a field of nine and the $75,000 Ontario Jockey Club, a seven-furlong overnight turf stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, luring a field of 10.

Dancing Allstar comes off an impressive win in the five-furlong My Dear for 2-year-old fillies. She will face males in the Colin but still looms a solid choice.

Todd Kabel has the mount on Dancing Allstar, who is owned by Bob Cheema and ridden by Terry Jordan.

Le Cinquieme Essai, a winner of 11 of 27 starts and more than $1.2 million, will make his seasonal debut in the Ontario Jockey Club.

Steven Bahen will ride Le Cinquieme Essai for owner-breeder Bill Scott and trainer Paul Nielsen.

The OJC field also includes Millfleet and Awesome Action, who have accounted for the last two runnings of the race.

More material added to Polytrack

Polytrack renovations continued here Monday and Tuesday as approximately 800 tons of jelly cable was added to the surface.

Irwin Driedger, Woodbine's director of racing surfaces, estimates that 75 percent of the jelly cable has now been mixed in, and the remainder, weather permitting, will be added early next week.

* Apprentice jockey Catherine O'Brien will now be represented by Ron Burke, who also books mounts for Richard Dos Ramos. Gary Kemplen, who had been O'Brien's agent, books mounts for Patrick Husbands.