08/10/2010 10:36AM

Weekend Wildcat ships in for Woodbine allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – U.S. shipper Weekend Wildcat heads an eight-horse field in the first 2-year-old allowance race of the Woodbine meet Thursday. The race will be run over six furlongs for a purse of $71,600.

Weekend Wildcat debuted at his Keeneland base April 2, when he was beaten a nose in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special on Polytrack. The third-place finisher, Speed Demon, graduated in his next race, before placing in three consecutive stakes.

Weekend Wildcat graduated on the lead in his only other outing on the dirt at Churchill on May 20, while getting a respectable 78 Beyer Speed Figure. That 4 1/2-furlong maiden special dash has yielded three next-out maiden special winners, including two who earned Beyers in the 80s.

Trainer Larry Demeritte has given the call to Victor Lebron, who was aboard for both of Weekend Wildcat’s starts. Lebron is among the leading riders at the current Ellis Park meet.

Stormy Rush graduated with ease in his July 17 opener, a six-furlong turf sprint for which he received a 71 Beyer. He has since posted two bullet works on the Polytrack, including a five-furlong drill in 59.80 seconds on Aug. 4.

Jono Jones will get a leg up from trainer Roger Attfield on Stormy Rush, who was a $210,000 2-year-old purchase by top sire Stormy Atlantic.

Something Extra has started twice for trainer Gail Cox, who has been winning at a 24 percent clip at the meet.

Something Extra checked in third behind Devilish Stunt in his June 20 debut and then got his diploma in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special July 18. The 75 Beyer he earned in that win is the second highest in this field.

Devilish Stunt romped second-time out on the lead June 20, winning a 4 1/2-furlong maiden dash by six lengths with a 71 Beyer. The Scott Fairlie-trained gelding is coming off a distant third-place finish behind Glory Game and Madman Diaries in the six-furlong Colin Stakes.

Hank’s Hill was a four-length maiden winner at first asking June 6. He has been idle since finishing a well-beaten fifth behind runaway winner Madman Diaries in the June 19 Victoria Stakes.

Lonesome Cherokee has been gelded since his fade job in the July 3 Clarendon Stakes and could improve in his second try with Lasix.

Explosive’s Best and Mr. Ecuvee are both exiting maiden victories.