06/09/2009 11:00PM

Two experiment with Woodbine turf


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Not Just a Rumor and Madam Inspector will both try the grass for the first time in Friday's featured fourth race at Woodbine, a first-level allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

Not Just a Rumor has been a disappointment since she won her debut impressively early in the meet. Off that 6 1/2-length tally, she was bet down to favoritism May 3 in the Fury Stakes, and she finished a flat fourth after a stalking trip. The Fury winner, Woodsmoke, subsequently beat a stellar field in the Alywow Stakes.

Not Just a Rumor was favored again most recently in seven-furlong allowance, but she could only manage fourth after setting soft fractions.

Not Just a Rumor is by a below-average turf sire, Yes It's True, but her dam won two sprint stakes on turf, the Passing Mood and the Ontario Damsel. Trainer Sid Attard is putting blinkers on her for Friday's engagement, and Patrick Husbands retains the mount.

Madam Inspector made both of her starts last year for trainer Brian Lynch. She never challenged in her opener in a tough maiden special in August, but she graduated on the front end going six furlongs on the Polytrack in October.

Madam Inspector is by a decent turf sire, Deputy Commander. Her dam has produced Ginger Pop, who finished second in the 2008 Flawlessly Stakes on the grass at Hollywood.

Emile Ramsammy will ride the Stronach Stable-owned Madam Inspector.

Other possibilities in the 6 1/2-furlong contest include Poppin, Articulating, and Lola B.

Poppin led all the way in a six-furlong dash on this course last August before coming up empty over soft ground in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes. She has struggled this year, but getting off the Polytrack might turn her form around.

Articulating defeated $32,000 maidens when she debuted in a five-furlong turf race in December at Calder, and was fourth in her only subsequent start here, an Ontario-sired allowance on the Poly.

Lola B., the runner-up in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes last summer, is also experimenting on the grass. Her sire, Texas Glitter, was a Grade 3-winning turf sprinter, but none of her dam's three turf starters were victorious on grass.

Indian Apple Is, the lone main-track-only entrant, is well regarded by trainer Bob Tiller. She graduated second time out May 23 in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special and received an 80 Beyer Speed Figure.