06/05/2006 11:00PM

Turf a first for all six runners


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The six 3-year-olds in Thursday's Woodbine feature are all trying the grass for the first time in the seven-furlong allowance. Golden Mood is a standout on pedigree, and his readiness following a seven-month layoff is what handicappers must ponder when sizing up his chances.

Golden Mood is by Golden Missile, a Grade 1 winner on dirt who also scored on the grass. Golden Mood is a half-brother to the durable Silver Spear, who ran second in the Labeeb Stakes over this course. Golden Mood's second dam, Passing Mood, has produced five stakes winners, including Belmont winner Touch Gold and turf champion With Approval, the 1989 Canadian Triple Crown winner.

Trainer Mike DePaulo said he wouldn't be surprised if Golden Mood handles the grass nicely.

"We've been dying to try him on it," DePaulo said. "He's got long pasterns, which should be suited to the turf. Golden Missile has sired some turf runners."

After finishing fifth in each of his first two starts, Golden Mood scored his first win Nov. 5 in a seven-furlong maiden special, which was taken off the grass.

DePaulo entered Golden Mood in a May 18 allowance, but had to scratch him when he got sick. DePaulo said Golden Moon spent the winter with him at the Classic Mile training center in Florida and doesn't figure to need a race.

"He should be fine," DePaulo said, adding that Golden Mood has been training well, including a half-mile in 47.80 seconds May 11, the fastest of 21 works at the distance.

Dino Luciani, who will ride Golden Mood, has won with 3 of his 6 mounts for DePaulo at the meeting.

Also entered in the third race are Midnight Romp, Orval Cooper, Moka Jumbie, Gurkhas Band, and Storm Caller.

Midnight Romp benefited from an inside bias and wired $20,000 opposition last out, his first start off the $16,000 claim by trainer Abraham Katryan. Midnight Romp is by the second-year sire Perigee Moon, a minor stakes winner in Ireland. Midnight Romp's dam, Bold to Love, won 1 of 7 turf starts.

Orval Cooper raced wide throughout over an inside-favoring track when third against $32,000 claimers in his first attempt outside the maiden ranks. His speedy sire, R. Cooper, placed on the grass, and three turf winners have been produced by Orval Cooper's second dam.

Moka Jumbie, by low-percentage turf sire Aptitude, is coming off a victory over $50,000 maidens in his season opener.

Gurkhas Band is out of Pidna, a Group 1 winner in Peru who hasn't had a winner on the turf from four starters.