06/22/2008 11:00PM

Skipped Bail getting class relief on turf


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Skipped Bail drops from stakes company in search of a confidence-boosting spot in Wednesday's fourth race at Woodbine, an $80,000 optional claimer scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on the grass.

Skipped Bail, trained by Eric Coatrieux, peaked late last summer and early in the fall, when he won two consecutive allowances before finishing a lapped-on third in the Chief Bearhart Stakes. He capped his 2007 campaign by running a respectable fifth in the Grade 3 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Skipped Bail got the winter off and wound up a close sixth when he came off the sidelines in a nine-furlong allowance April 12 at Keeneland. Most recently, in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup Stakes here, he had a wide trip after getting away slowly and finished seventh.

Tyler Pizarro retains the mount on Skipped Bail, a Chiefswood Stable homebred.

Moonshine Hall, a classy 8-year-old trained by Mark Casse, is exiting an eighth-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Connaught. He captured the 2003 Charlie Barley Stakes during his productive 3-year-old season, but has been campaigned sporadically in recent years.

Moonshine Hall put together a four-race win streak leading up to the Connaught, which included two straight wins on the grass at the Fair Grounds. Two starts ago, he won a one-mile allowance at Keeneland with a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.

Can't Beat It and Voorhee's Ballad are both making their local debuts.

Can't Beat It won the Grade 3 Calder Derby in 2006, but is winless since his victory in the $100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes in December 2006 at Calder. He's coming off a third-place finish in a $50,000 optional claimer at Monmouth.

Can't Beat It's trainer, Malcolm Pierce, has posted a 19 percent win average with his new shooters on turf over the past five years, while yielding a positive return on investment.

Voorhee's Ballad took his next-to-last outing in a $25,000 optional claimer on the main track at Calder. From 15 career starts on the grass, he has a record of 1-3-3.

Bold Finish is trying the grass for the first time. The 6-year-old is by an excellent turf sire in Bold Executive, but there's little turf breeding on the dam's side of his pedigree.

Cold War, based at Fort Erie, hasn't been an impact player at Woodbine since his victory in a $40,000 claimer last June.