07/18/2005 11:00PM

Several possibilities in turf feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Arteur and Kalyptic, who are both dropping from a one-other-than allowance to a nonwinners-of-two-lifetime, are among the more likely winners in Thursday's Woodbine feature.

A field of 14 was drawn for the nonwinners-of-two event, which has a purse of $36,700, slightly more than half of a one-other-than. Two of the entrants in the 6 1/2-furlong grass race are stuck on the also-eligible list.

Arteur was claimed for $30,000 by trainer Chantal Paquette at Gulfstream in April, when he finished second after leading most of the way in a two-turn race on the grass. He was fourth here in a subsequent six-furlong sprint on the main track, and has been returned to the grass ever since.

Two starts ago, Arteur finished a close fifth while earning an 80 Beyer Speed Figure. Most recently, in another seven-furlong allowance, he wound up seventh after a three-wide trip behind a slow pace.

Kalyptic, trained by Josie Carroll, found his niche on the grass last fall, when he ran second as a maiden behind a sharp Slew's Saga in the Cup and Saucer Stakes. He won his maiden going about a mile at Fair Grounds in early December, but didn't resurface again until July 6, when he was a nonthreatening seventh here in a seven-furlong allowance.

Kalyptic worked five-eighths over the training track on July 17 in 1:00.80, the third-fastest of 19 moves at the distance.

Jolie Ben Fabie was a prominent third in a one-other-than allowance on June 11, so it was surprising that he could only manage seventh when dropped to a nonwinners-of-three-lifetime allowance with a much lower purse July 1. He could rebound with a peak race at a square price, and is a must-use underneath in exotic wagers.

Fromajack to Aking won his maiden in his first start of the season at six furlongs on the turf, then disappointed in an allowance before ending up fifth in a $40,000 conditioned claimer.

Regal Valley resides in the hot Mike Doyle barn, which won three races last Saturday. A son of Gulch and the first foal of a mare who was stakes-placed on the grass, Regal Valley has a license to handle the turf in his first race on the surface.

Nemo's Lucky Fin is also experimenting on the grass. His dam won her turf debut, and his California sire, Memo, has gotten a solid 15 percent winners when his offspring try the grass for the first time.