10/26/2010 11:29AM

Wildcat Marie cuts back to five furlongs for allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Wildcat Marie makes her second start off the claim in Thursday’s wide-open Woodbine headliner and should make some noise in the first-level allowance for fillies and mares.

Wildcat Marie put together a three-race winning streak in the summer for trainer Brian Lynch, which began with a five-length triumph in maiden special company. She subsequently won two consecutive $40,000 claimers, earning a solid 81 Beyer Speed Figure in both of those six-furlong sprints.

Trainer Marty Drexler claimed her from the second of those two scores and then ran her back in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance Sept. 18. After tracking a rapid pace that day, she inherited a two-length lead at the eighth pole before fading to finish third.

Wildcat Marie cuts back to five furlongs Thursday and should parlay a stalking trip into a high placing under new rider Patrick Husbands.

Electric Elise also is making her second start off the claim, an angle that’s produced a 31 percent success rate for trainer Mike Pino at Woodbine. Pino took her when she ran third for $32,000 on Sept. 4 and then sent her out for a nine-length victory in maiden special company on the dirt at Fort Erie on Oct. 12.

Luis Contreras, who has ridden eight winners at the meet for Pino, retains the mount on Electric Elise.

Lucky n’ Bold is a possibility for the bottom rungs of the exotics wagers. Trainer John LeBlanc Jr. changed tactics with her last time and had apprentice Omar Moreno take her back to last early before she mounted a powerful wide rally to win a six-furlong conditioned claimer. Five-eighths seems a little short for her, but the speedy Wasted and Tethra’s Word should ensure a lively pace.

California shipper True Religion has had a little breather since ending up third in a 6 1/2-furlong stakes on the dirt at Fairplex on Sept. 9. She was a non-threatening fifth in her only Polytrack outing in an allowance at Del Mar, in which she failed to flash her customary speed.

True Religion recently changed trainers, going from Jim Cassidy to John Mattine, who won two races here last week.

Stranger Things finished either second or third in each of her last four allowance outings, all in longer sprints.

Lucy Ring was in decent Polytrack form before she finished up the course in the Aug. 28 Ontario Colleen Stakes.