10/18/2004 11:00PM

'Tonka Toy' tempting angle play


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Stakes-placed Tracy's Tonka Toy, a nominee to the Oct. 31 Bunty Lawless Stakes, could be competitive at a square price in Thursday's Woodbine headliner, a seven-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired runners.

Tracy's Tonka Toy is winless at the meeting, but showed some ability early last year as a 3-year-old, when he finished third in the Victoria Park Stakes and fourth in the Grade 3 Toronto Cup Handicap. He launched his current campaign in April, with a runner-up placing behind the talented I Thee Wed in an open preliminary allowance, but could only manage fifth in his next appearance.

After finishing up the track in his next two outings, Tracy's Tonka Toy got the summer off. He reappeared Oct. 2, in a 1 1/16-mile allowance on the grass, and ended up fifth after stalking the pace in a race he probably needed.

Tracy's Tonka Toy was second in both of his seven-furlong attempts on the main track, and has a license to improve significantly in his second start off the sidelines. Jono Jones rides for trainer Gord Colbourne, who has been winning at an outstanding 27 percent clip with the turf-to-dirt angle.

Johnny Magic, Bottom Bay, and Executive Jimmy are other possibilities in Thursday's feature.

Johnny Magic has taken eight cracks at this nonwinners-of-two, Ontario-sired condition, and has three second-place finishes. He was second in back-to-back seven-furlong races in August and September, but is coming off a non-threatening performance as the favorite on the grass.

Leading rider Todd Kabel retains the mount on Johnny Magic, who is trained by Malcolm Pierce. Kabel and Pierce have a combined record of 3 wins from 17 starts at the meeting.

Bottom Bay has run two adequate races since returning from a summer break. He was second to next-out allowance winner Willie Dunn, a competitor in Wednesday's Deputy Minister Stakes, in his next-to-last start, and is exiting a fourth-place finish in another restricted allowance.

Bottom Bay could link up on the front end with Executive Jimmy, who is making his first start outside the maiden ranks.

Executive Jimmy disappointed against $40,000 maidens two starts ago, losing all chance after being checked on the turn. He redeemed himself in a six-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired runners Oct. 7, winning by daylight after a front-running journey.

Jolie Ben Fabie won his maiden on the turf Sept. 11, and fared okay in a pair of main-track sprints in May.