08/11/2002 11:00PM

Three of a kind clash in sprint feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Expectations will be running high in Wednesday's eighth and final race at Woodbine, when As Expected, Expected Touch, and Pat's Expectations, all sons of Valid Expectations, clash in a six-furlong allowance worth $63,500.

As Expected is moving up off an authoritative win over $50,000 opposition, when he was claimed for $45,000 by trainer Tino Attard. He will cut back from his preferred distance of seven furlongs on Wednesday.

Expected Touch comes off a second-place finish behind a razor-sharp Tax Deferred in a quick $80,000 claimer. A five-wide trip led to his downfall in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance July 6, but he won his maiden with a big inside rally on June 14.

Owner/trainer Audre Cappuccitti sent out Expected Touch to record a bullet half-mile work over the training track Aug. 5.

Pat's Expectation, trained by Mark Casse, is making his first start since he ran sixth in the Nov. 17 Display Stakes. He placed in three stakes at last year, including the Grade 1 Grey Breeders' Cup, and might be a race or two away from his peak.

Rounding out the lineup for Wednesday's feature are Seven on Friday, Pinedale Star, Deputy Jazz, First One Out, Terry Kelly, and Saint Appeal.

Deputy Jazz, who possesses the best recent Beyer Speed Figures in the field, could be viewed as a vulnerable favorite. Trained by Mike Wright, Deputy Jazz rode a speed bias to a victory over $32,000 nonwinners-of-two on July 12, and benefited from an inside bias when he beat $40,000 nonwinners-of-three opposition last time.

First One Out, who was second under similar circumstances as these twice in July, is making his eighth start of the meeting for trainer Mort Hardy.

Seven on Friday was a beaten favorite twice, before he graduated over a sloppy track, running six furlongs in 1:10.60 on July 26. He has suitable Beyer Figures for this caliber of competition, but might have to weave his way through traffic after breaking from post 1. Bob Tiller trains.

Saint Appeal, trained by Roger Attfield, has been rested since his disappointing two-race spring campaign. He was awarded a whopping Beyer Figure of 97 when he ran second in a Jan. 19 allowance at Gulfstream, and is shedding the blinkers for this engagement.

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