09/28/2009 11:00PM

Stakes winner eligible for first-level allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Minor stakes winner Sound of Thunder fits nicely in Thursday's third race at Woodbine, a first-level allowance for 2-year-old fillies, and she should contend in the mile and 70-yard route.

Sound of Thunder was let go at 41-1 in her only start Sept. 4 in the Muskoka, a seven-furlong stakes for graduates of local yearling sales. After breaking from post 13 under Tyler Pizarro, she took the long way around and closed steadily in the stretch to prevail by a neck over favored Amazon Belle. For covering the distance in 1:25.02, she earned a modest 56 Beyer Speed Figure.

"I told Tyler that I was concerned that she was going to get tired," said trainer Mark Casse. "I just wanted her to have a good experience, and come running. Going into the far turn, he started moving, and she was pretty wide, but she showed a lot of gameness."

Sound of Thunder, a daughter of Stephen Got Even and a Thunder Gulch mare, is bred to go long on both sides of her pedigree.

Redverse graduated second-time out in a maiden special sprint in July. She subsequently ran fifth in both the Ontario Debutante Stakes and the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes.

In the slow-paced Natalma, going a mile on turf, Redverse raced evenly in a four-wide position to finish 3 1/4 lengths behind the well-regarded Bay to Bay.

Redverse is by Menifee and out of Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes winner Chamrousse, so the distance shouldn't pose a problem for her. Jono Jones has the mount for trainer Josie Carroll.

Just Heavenly came three wide from third to prevail in her only outing, in a one-mile maiden special on the grass, for which she got a 69 Beyer. Her half-brother, Ablo, won a pair of route stakes on dirt, the Coronation Futurity and the Prince of Wales.

Trainer Red Johnson sends out Bet on the Blue and Thunderundercover.

Bet on the Blue should be forwardly placed in her first venture over a distance other than five furlongs. She defeated $40,000 maidens in her last appearance.

Thunderundercover, who toppled $50,000 maidens in her second start June 12, is bred to be a sprinter.

Santa Baby had a frustrating inside trip until midstretch when fourth against males in an allowance sprint Sept. 4. Two weeks later, she was a front-running second against her own sex in a six-furlong allowance.

Niagara Express won going seven furlongs against $62,500 maidens.