10/31/2001 12:00AM

Tails of the Crypt clearly one to fear


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Tails of the Crypt could put a post-Halloween scare into his five opponents in Friday's sixth race at Woodbine, a $58,100 allowance for 2-year-olds.

Late-running Tails of the Crypt should have plenty of speed to run at in the one-mile turf race, with Union Place, Funny Soldier, and Excellabet likely to be battling on the front end. Tails of the Crypt nearly won his lone turf race in a one-mile maiden special Sept. 16, coming from four lengths back to miss by a nose.

Tails of the Crypt rallied between foes to graduate in a seven-furlong dash taken off the grass Sept. 27. He was bet down to 6-1 in his only other start in the Grade 1 Grey BC Stakes, but only put in a belated bid and finished sixth.

Streakin Rob, who was fifth in the Grey, came right back to capture restricted the Coronation Futurity at 18-1.

Jake Barton picks up the mount on Tails of the Crypt, who is trained by John Ross for the Jam Jar Racing Stable.

Union Place displayed promise in his turf debut last summer when he finished second to Miesque's Approval at Saratoga. He led all the way to graduate impressively at Saratoga in his next start, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.80, the best time at the distance by a 2-year-old at Saratoga this year.

Union Place got cooked in a pace duel in his first local outing in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes. He switched to the dirt last time in the 1 1/16-mile Grey, but never responded to rating tactics and finished 11 lengths back.

David Clark has the call on Union Place for trainer C.C. Hopmans Jr., who's looking to put the finishing touches on a successful comeback season.

Funny Solider, who won his maiden third time out in his first attempt around two turns Oct. 21, is making his grass debut for trainer David Bell. His dam failed to produce a turf winner through 2000, but his sire, Lost Soldier, once held the one-mile course record here when he was trained by Bell.

Excellabet battled on the lead for about six furlongs before hitting a brick wall in the Grey, and ended up trailing in the 13-horse field. Trained by Arthur Silvera, Excellabet has a modicum of turf breeding.

Completing the sixth-race field are Bethestar and Governor Jeb. Recite and Davids Expectation were entered for the main track only.

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