05/13/2007 11:00PM

Thor's Hammer taking slight drop


The pick seven, which has yet to be won at the Woodbine meeting, has a healthy $32,150 carryover heading into Wednesday evening's eight-race card.

Thor's Hammer will be taking a subtle class drop in the featured fifth event, and should be an effective speed threat in the 6 1/2-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired runners.

Thor's Hammer spent last winter with trainer John Simms at Tampa Bay Downs, where he won his maiden going 5 1/2 furlongs March 16. After shipping back to Woodbine, he finished third in an open allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs, then was beaten a neck by stakes winner Spread the News in a nonwinners-of-three allowance for Ontario-sired stock April 22.

On Wednesday, Thor's Hammer faces nonwinners-of-two opposition, where his main obstacle might be the distance. Chad Beckon was named to ride the 4-year-old.

Among the other contenders in the headliner are Red Raffles, One Card, Kissed the Girls, and Jaisimha.

Red Raffles never challenged when returning from a layoff on opening day, but was awarded an excellent Beyer Speed Figure of 81 for winning his second start of the year in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special April 28.

Chantal Sutherland retains the mount on Red Raffles, who worked a fast half-mile in 48.60 seconds last Saturday for trainer Catherine Day Phillips.

One Card is going on Lasix off a flat third-place finish as the heavy favorite in a six-furlong sprint won by Effteesee, who came back to capture another restricted allowance last Sunday.

One Card's two previous efforts were both solid. He toppled $25,000 maidens, earning a Beyer Figure of 76, in his debut in October, and was second after running wide over a track that favored inside speed in a five-furlong allowance April 13.

Kissed the Girls looked like a nice prospect taking his debut over Red Raffles and Fudgethebottomline in December. He missed the board as the favorite in both of his starts this year, however, and will be racing with blinkers for the first time on Wednesday.

Jaisimha has proven to be worth the $32,000 for which he was claimed last June. After a summer vacation, he won a $32,000 maiden event in his second start off the claim Nov. 19, and was second behind a sharp Bold Finish in a subsequent allowance.

Jaisimha raced wide when he finished fourth behind One Card in his return from a sabbatical April 13. His trainer, Abraham Katryan, has won at a 25 percent clip second time off a layoff since the beginning of 2006.