05/31/2005 11:00PM

Super Case takes a drop


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Super Case will get some significant class relief in Friday's eighth race at Woodbine, a $50,000 claimer going six furlongs on the grass.

Super Case, a 5-year-old son of Gold Case, seemed to have lots of potential when he won his first two starts on the main track here in fall of 2003, when he was trained by Danny Vella. After bombing in a tough Gulfstream allowance early last year, finishing 11th of 12, he found a home on the grass here.

Super Case captured a second-level allowance going six furlongs in June, then ran second to reigning Sovereign sprinter Soaring Free in the seven-furlong Ontario Jockey Club Stakes later that month. In the Grade 3 Play the King Handicap on Aug. 28, he wound up fourth behind Soaring Free after making a bid and then hanging in the final furlong.

Super Case has been absent since finishing seventh as the heavy favorite in an $80,000 optional claimer on Oct. 1, and is making his first start for trainer Bobby Frankel. Frankel has won with a high percentage of his new acquisitions and extended-layoff runners since the beginning of 2004, but is a mere 1 for 12 at this meeting, training exclusively for Stronach Stable.

Among the other possibilities in the eighth race are Size Matters, Sir Blitz, Johnny Hollywood, and Slick as Sleet.

Size Matters is exiting an easy front-running score over $32,000 claimers on the main track. He tried the grass twice in October, winning for $40,000 and finishing far back in a $62,500 optional claimer.

Sir Blitz is returning from a six-month vacation and going a distance over which he has yet to conquer. He led throughout a $40,000 contest going 1 1/8 miles the last time he tried the grass, on Oct. 23, and he has been first or second in 9 of 21 attempts over this course.

Johnny Hollywood rallied wide from a stalking position to finish second behind a sharp El General when he came off the sidelines in a one-mile event at this level two weeks ago. He is winless since taking an entry-level allowance in the fall of 2003, but he rarely misfires on the grass and is usually a viable candidate for the bottom of exotic wagers.

Slick as Sleet, coming off a nine-month layoff, is running for a claiming price for the first time. He usually fares well when fresh, and he should be a speed threat.