07/11/2010 11:00PM

Sugar Bay may be key in pick six


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A pick-six carryover of nearly $35,000 will spice up an already excellent Wednesday night card at Woodbine. The sequence isn't easy, but handicappers should be able to pare the featured fourth race down to two or three horses.

Sugar Bay could be favored in the third-level allowance/optional claimer for fillies and mares, which is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Sugar Bay, a 5-year-old trained by Mac Benson, won four consecutive stakes on turf and Polytrack in her lucrative 2008 campaign, during which she banked more than $500,000. She missed all of 2009 and was fourth behind future Nassau Stakes winner Simply Splendid when she came off the sidelines in a turf allowance May 16.

Sugar Bay ran second behind another future stakes winner, Tasty Temptation, in a two-turn allowance on the Polytrack on May 29. She was favored when she dropped to this level in a one-mile grass event June 18 but had to settle for second behind the upwardly mobile Magic Broomstick, who is nominated to Sunday's Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes.

Chantal Sutherland will ride Sugar Bay for the powerful Augustin Stable.

Impossible Time hasn't done much wrong since running hot and cold at Gulfstream last winter. She won a first-level allowance by eight lengths April 25 and then struck again a month later in the restricted Ballade Stakes, for which she got a career-high 89 Beyer Speed Figure.

Most recently in the seven-furlong Zadracarta Stakes on turf, Impossible Time rallied belatedly along the inside to end up a chalky second behind the front-running Moonlit Beauty.

Jono Jones will get a leg up on Impossible Time from trainer Roger Attfield, who has been scoring at a 24 percent clip with turnbacks.

Sheraton Park should be effective, if able to secure an uncontested lead. She captured three of six starts last year and capped her campaign by running third in the one-mile River Memories Stakes. She faded to fifth in both of her races this spring, most recently against Magic Broomstick and Sugar Bay.

American shipper Flaming Slew showed surprising speed before finishing a neck back in second in a recent optional claimer at Arlington, from which the third horse exited to win another optional claimer. She is light on Beyers compared to the protagonists in the field.

Redverse upset Soul of Nataka in a second-level optional claimer over nine furlongs here June 20.