11/03/2009 12:00AM

Winn Creek out to prove last no fluke


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Winn Creek blew up the tote board when he won his maiden last month at Woodbine. He'll try to prove that sudden turnaround wasn't a fluke in Thursday's headliner, a nonwinners-of-two allowance that excludes winners of $36,000 in their last two starts.

Winn Creek debuted with absolutely no fanfare against $40,000 maidens in September and was eased in the stretch after showing very little.

Winn Creek was sent off at 93-1 when he reappeared in a five-furlong dash for $20,000 maidens on Oct. 21. He shook loose on the lead on the backstretch and was headed in the stretch before digging back in to prevail by a head in 57.89 seconds, which was good for a 72 Beyer Speed Figure.

Apprentice Terry Husbands retains the mount on Winn Creek, who is trained by Mike Wright.

Sebcoe West and Luigi's Honor are legitimate contenders in the 6 1/2-furlong feature.

Sebcoe West struggled during the spring and summer, but he put it all together in a seven-furlong sprint for $32,000 maidens on Sept. 13, scoring comfortably from off the pace while receiving a 74 Beyer.

Sebcoe West faded after vying through slow fractions in a seven-furlong race at this unusual allowance level Oct. 7, but he rebounded Oct. 22 in a $32,000 claimer, rallying four wide from seven lengths back to finish a close second.

Jim McAleney will ride Sebcoe West for trainer Steve Attard.

Luigi's Honour, trained by Don MacRae, has performed well on turf and Polytrack this year. He polished off $50,000 maidens going seven-eighths in June and earned a check in each of his five subsequent outings. He beat Sebcoe West when second in the Oct. 7 allowance, for which he got a 74 Beyer.

Chantal Sutherland replaces the Breeders' Cup-bound Robert Landry on Luigi's Honor, a son of Sky Classic.

Dance to My Beat could challenge Winn Creek for the early lead. He is winless in eight starts this year, but his two most recent efforts weren't bad, and leading rider Patrick Husbands has given him a vote of confidence.

D'wild Man is coming off a third-place finish behind Bug's Boy in a six-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired stock.

The only entrant who has yet to crack 70 on the Beyer scale is Mancini's Silver, who never threatened when sixth in a recent $40,000 conditioned claimer.