07/12/2010 11:00PM

Soul of Nataka looking tough


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes winner Soul of Nataka looks like the one to fear most in Thursday's Woodbine headliner, a second-level allowance with a $62,500 claiming option at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Soul of Nataka, trained by Roger Attfield for owner Charles Fipke, won her maiden over 1 1/4 miles in her eighth start last September. She also won her next race, the nine-furlong Carotene Stakes, rallying gradually over yielding turf to prevail by a nose over First Circle.

Soul of Nataka capped her 2009 campaign by finishing a distant fifth over soft ground in the 1 1/2-mile Dowager Stakes at Keeneland in October.

Soul of Nataka resurfaced in a second-level allowance April 18 at Keeneland, finishing fourth after a bit of a troubled trip. She subsequently ran second to the fast-improving Magic Broomstick, and was also second after lacking room early in the stretch in another optional claimer here most recently.

Chantal Sutherland retains the mount on Soul of Nataka, who is a half-sister to Grade 3 stakes winner Ninebanks.

Sutherland is also named on Soul of Nataka's entrymate Ima Soul Miss, who crushed maiden special foes in a nine-furlong event that was taken off the grass June 5. Ima Soul Miss is by the successful turf sire Perfect Soul, but none of her four half-siblings who tried the turf won on the surface.

Dance for Us captured the 2009 Bison City Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian triple tiara, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of just 74 in that Polytrack contest. She wound up third in two of her three turf attempts, including in her last race, which came over seven furlongs at this classification.

Torreadora is riding the wave of a two-race win streak for trainer Malcolm Pierce. She graduated in a one-mile maiden special May 23, and was an easy winner in a first-level allowance sprint June 12.

Clear Lake ran two strong races in first-level allowance company on Polytrack during the spring, but she couldn't keep up in her only turf race, which came in November.

San Nicola Whiskey is winless in five starts since her upset score in the 2009 Victoriana, a stakes for Ontario-sired females. She finished sixth in both of her outings at this stand.

Rebecca's Song set a slow pace en route to running second when she vaulted up to this level in a seven-furlong contest June 23.