08/05/2007 11:00PM

Three last-out maiden winners square off


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Last-out maiden winners Skipped Bail, Safe Landing, and Pray Tell are all solid possibilities to win Wednesday's wide-open Woodbine feature, a 11/16-mile allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

Skipped Bail needed 12 starts to win his maiden. One of the 11 defeats came in the 2006 Breeders' Stakes.

Skipped Bail did not compete when he returned from a winter layoff in a seven-furlong Polytrack race June 8. But he turned things around on the grass July 2, winning a 1o1/8-mile maiden special comfortably, with an 87 Beyer Speed Figure. The runner-up, Read the Stars, came right back to graduate with ease.

Skipped the Bail worked three times leading up to Wednesday's race, and leading apprentice rider Tyler Pizarro retains the mount.

Safe Landing, a 3-year-old by hot turf sire Lemon Drop Kid, has made three starts. After running fifth in his June 1 debut, he ran sixth in the Charlie Barley Stakes, beaten five lengths by winner Ice Bear.

Safe Landing used a four-wide stalking trip in a neck triumph over front-running Sierra Cat in a one-mile maiden special July 21, earning an 84 Beyer. He is owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad.

Pray Tell ran fourth in three consecutive maiden specials at Gulfstream and Churchill Downs before being turned over to trainer Mark Casse in June. In his first start for Casse here on July 15, Pray Tell won a 1 1/4-mile maiden special by a length with an 82 Beyer.

Pray Tell shortens up to one turn on Wednesday, with Patrick Husbands picking up the mount.

Other contenders are Air Farce, Furthermore, Badge of Truth and Poachers Moon.

Air Farce topped a decent field of $40,000 conditioned claimers under Husbands July 11, which was his first grass win. Emma Wilson takes over on the 4-year-old on Wednesday.

Furthermore, 8, scored a 35-1 upset in an Ontario-sired allowance on the grass June 13.

Badge of Truth is winless since his juvenile campaign, during which he ran second in the Grade 2 Summer and Grade 3 Grey BC Stakes.

Poachers Moon trailed in the six-horse field on dirt in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. He previously won a maiden special on the Polytrack.