06/26/2006 11:00PM

Sir Blitz's chances change like the weather


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - If Sir Blitz is in the entries, then there must be rain on the way. Sir Blitz should be prominent in Thursday's Woodbine headliner, a $62,500 optional claimer, but only if it remains on the grass, and there are showers in the forecast for Thursday.

Sir Blitz was entered in two six-furlong turf races here this spring, and got stuck running in both of them when they were taken off the grass. Predictably, he finished far back on each occasion, against the likes of stakes winners Dave the Knave and Sophia's Prince.

Sir Blitz was recently honored with the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club's 2005 claimer of the year award, and justifiably so. He won 4 of 7 outings last year, for earnings of $151,105. All seven of those starts came on the grass, and the four wins came in succession, including three in $50,000 company.

Constant Montpellier, one of Woodbine's better grass riders, will get a leg up from trainer Danny Vella on Sir Blitz.

Other possibilities in the 6 1/2-furlong feature include All Star Lover, Great Addiction, Westmoreland, Disbelief, and Jumonville.

All Star Lover defeated Sir Blitz the last time he won a race, a second-level allowance at Woodbine in June 2003. He ran several strong races last year, the best of which was probably his third-place finish behind champion Soaring Free in the Grade 3 Highlander Handicap.

All Star Lover has improved with each subsequent outing this spring. Most recently, going seven furlongs in an $80,000 optional claimer, he finished a close fourth after tracking the pace.

Simon Husbands retains the mount on All Star Lover for trainer Peter Berringer.

Westmoreland, a well-bred Danzig colt trained by Mark Casse, is hard to gauge in his second start off a long layoff. In his comeback, he came up empty in the stretch after stalking the leaders going 1 1/16 miles, the distance at which he won his maiden at Belmont Park.

Great Addiction has finished second or third in each of his four starts at this meeting. Trained by Mike Doyle, he appears equally adept on both surfaces, and can handle most distances up to 1 1/16 miles.

Disbelief, a seven-furlong expert, trounced $40,000 claimers two start ago, and was recently a close second against $62,500 opposition. He is trying the grass for the first time, with a pedigree best suited to the dirt.

Jumonville came from Calder and won his local debut, aided by a speed bias in a rapidly run six-furlong allowance on the main track.