05/31/2009 11:00PM

True to Tradition ships in for stakes prep


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wednesday night Woodbine cards normally feature Ontario-sired runners, but a quality field of turf sprinters has been assembled this Wednesday for the $91,900 allowance prep for the Grade 3 Highlander Stakes.

U.S. shipper True to Tradition will likely be favored in the six-furlong turf dash. Trainer Scott Lake shipped True to Tradition here last fall to capture the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes over six furlongs, and he went on to finish seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.

True to Tradition got the winter off and ran fourth behind Mr. Nightlinger when he came off the sidelines in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico, a race he nearly won in 2008.

Kendrick Carmouche will ride True to Tradition, who got a 108 Beyer Speed Figure while romping in the Turf Monster Handicap in September at Philadelphia Park.

Wollemi Pine is coming off back-to-back unplaced efforts on Polytrack in the Grade 3 Vigil and Jacques Cartier Stakes. He was victorious in the Highlander prep last year before ending up third in the Highlander.

Slade Callaghan, who won the only time he rode Wollemi Pine, has the mount for trainer Ian Black.

Legal Move is making a rare turf start off a second in the restricted New Providence Stakes. He has a record of 1-1-1 in 5 grass starts, and his lone grass score came in the 2007 Bold Ruckus, a stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds.

The Great Caruso was a close second to Hero's Reward in last year's Highlander. He has been idle since a fading fifth-place finish Dec. 20 in the Bonapaw Stakes at Fair Grounds. His last win came here in an optional claimer in April 2008, in which he broke the five-furlong Polytrack record.

Shadowless is 2 for 3 on the grass. Both of those triumphs came in optional claiming company here last September. He captured the Grade 3 Kennedy Road Stakes in November but is winless in three appearances this year.

The speedy Stradivinsky wound up third as the favorite in the 2007 Highlander before going to the shelf for nearly two years. He came up empty in both of his April outings in stakes, before dusting a field of $40,000 claimers going five-eighths on Polytrack on May 16.

Longshot Mr. Flatter got the job done in his most recent turf try, a five-furlong optional claimer at Tampa Bay Downs.