04/30/2012 1:33PM

Woodbine: Abrianna has feature’s highest figure


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Abrianna should be prominent in the headliner on the first Wednesday-night card of the Woodbine meet, lining up against six other fillies and mares in the first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles.

Abrianna, a Stronach Stable runner trained by Roger Attfield, won her maiden going long here last spring after coming from Keeneland, and will try to duplicate the pattern on Wednesday. She went to the sidelines for about 10 months after a ninth-place finish in last June’s Woodbine Oaks, in which she was bet down to 7-1.

Abrianna raced far behind the leaders before closing strongly for second when she came off the sidelines April 12 in an allowance at Keeneland. The 80 Beyer Speed Figure that she earned in that seven-furlong event is the highest in this field.

Abrianna breezed a half-mile in 49.60 seconds here April 27, and will be ridden by Patrick Husbands, who has had ample success for Attfield.

Stage Trip and Charming Thunder both raced at Gulfstream during the winter.

Stage Trip was a fading sixth in a $10,000 starter on the grass March 7 before coming here for a seven-furlong allowance April 14, in which she got away slowly before closing belatedly. She won five races in Ontario last year for owner/trainer Roger Laurin, who has enlisted David Clark for the mount.

Charming Thunder never challenged in two starts on dirt and turf in January and February. Following a two-month vacation, she ran sixth here in a $40,000 conditioned claimer, and could manage only fifth as the favorite in a subsequent $10,000 claimer. She obviously has her work cut out for her under David Moran.

Megavella has a shot in her first appearance since late October. Her last two efforts following a layoff were both good, which included a first in a $20,000 claimer last June, in which she was disqualified and placed eighth.

Megavella finished third in two Ontario-sired stakes last year, the Victoriana on turf and the Classy ‘N Smart on Polytrack.

Kindersley is making her Woodbine debut after a nine-month hiatus for trainer Paul Attard. She was previously trained by Michael Matz, who sent her out to win a maiden special early in 2011 at Gulfstream.

Galloping d’Amour performed well in the lower ranks during the fall, and was a distant sixth when she came off the shelf in a seven-furlong allowance April 14.

Dulce Esparenza has been idle since running fifth of six in the Nov. 16 Jammed Lovely, a restricted stakes. She captured two Ontario-sired allowance routes in 2011.