Updated on 09/15/2011 1:08PM

Woodbine analysis for 10/03

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BEST BET: WORTHY PRESENT (1st Race)

First Race

1. WORTHY PRESENT 2. VELCRO 3. SPARK REGENT

WORTHY PRESENT has run over a dead rail in each of his two most recent outings, which includes a creditable fourth-place finish at this level Sept. 21. The son of Barbeau is shortening up a furlong and should be closing well with some speed to run at in this $12,500 claimer. VELCRO is dropping from a $25,000 non-winners of two for his second start off a summer layoff, and is eligible to wake up in his second try off the claim. SPARK REGENT is descending from a $16,000 tilt for non-winners of three in his second try for new interests, and wouldn't be much of a surprise with blinkers off.

Second Race

1. VATRENA RAKETA 2. MAPLE MISS 3. MYSTICAL BLUES

VATRENA RAKETA rallied four-wide from behind a slow pace to end up a respectable fourth against older non-winners of two Sept. 12, and is back at the same $25,000 price here vs. sophomores. She has lots of speed to run at, and might be along in time. MAPLE MISS wired $20,000 opponents in her latest and should be dangerous off the claim by a hot trainer. She could win the projected front-end battle with MYSTICAL BLUES, who's also debuting for new interests off a sharp-looking victory. The latter worked a half-mile the other day and is trying open company for the first time with Sabourin taking over.

Third Race

1. ALIX'S BOUQUET 2. CRAFTY COSMAH 3. BELOW FREEZING

ALIX'S BOUQUET won a hotly contested speed battle in a similar event Sept. 2, but had to settle for second money in her best effort to date. She should get the job done this time in just her second start with a tag. CRAFTY COSMAH faded to third after dueling with the pick in the aforementioned event, and is coming off another third-place finish at a notch higher. She appears to be evolving into a professional maiden, who should be used in the second and third positions in exotic wagers. BELOW FREEZING was third in a seven-furlong dash when she dropped to this level Sept. 13, and has probably found her proper place in the scheme of things.

Fourth Race

1. HIGH WIRE GLORY 2. OPEN CHRONICLE 3. BARATH

HIGH WIRE GLORY is debuting with several solid five-furlong moves on his work tab for a trainer who won with a first-timer going seven-eighths last Saturday. He's by a decent first-out sire and is a half-brother to three debut winners, including stakes-placed Star On Fire. OPEN CHRONICLE closed to finish just 1 1/2 lengths back in fourth in his first attempt for trainer Mark Casse Aug 29. He should enjoy stretching out from five to seven furlongs with McKnight taking over from Husbands. BARATH broke very slowly from the one-hole before lagging way behind the field and passed a few tiring rivals in the stretch of his six-furlong opener. He drew the rail post again, but should be better for the experience and could be along to garner some of the pieces. Entrymate Sundar, a first-timer by good juvenile sire Bold Executive, is another possibility.

Fifth Race

1. BEAUTIFUL EYES 2. ELUSIVE ASHLEE 3. GOLDMART QUEEN

BEAUTIFUL EYES got away tardily before mounting a steady rally for second when she debuted against $25,000 stock, and should be a major player in this $32,000 maiden dash. ELUSIVE ASHLEE broke outward before rushing up to set the pace and then fading when she descended to $62,500 in her encore. She's taking another noteworthy drop and should be in the thick of things. GOLDMART QUEEN raced four-wide en route to a fifth-place finish over a sloppy track in her $40,000 opener, in which she failed to switch leads in the stretch. She drew the dreaded one-hole, but should improve with that race under her girth.

Sixth Race

1. STUBSY 2. ZUCKABARR 3. HUNTING FOR GOLD

STUBSY failed to hit the board after flashing speed in both of his challenging August outings on the grass, and deserves top billing with the drop to $40,000. He's moving back to the main track and should be tough on an uncontested lead with Gulas taking over. ZUCKABARR saved ground while stalking the pace before weakening over a track which aided outside closers Sept. 21, and is dropping to a logical situation. Leading rider Kabel is sticking with the Knob Hill Stable homebred. HUNTING FOR GOLD has been competitive in two of his last three starts and figures to be closing for a minor award.

Seventh Race

1. AMERICAN IN PARIS 2. LOBRAICO LANE 3. MY ADMIRATION

AMERICAN IN PARIS duked it out on the front end on a speed-favoring track before giving way to a sharp stalker when she returned from a two-month layoff Sept. 20. She won three races early in the meet, and should be formidable while descending a notch to $20,000. LOBRAICO LANE ran against the bias when fifth behind the choice Sept. 20, and could benefit from a stalking trip in the manner of her Aug. 26 score over conditioned rivals. MY ADMIRATION is switching from grass to dirt while dropping for her second start off the Mark Casse claim, and should add some fuel to the pace fire.

Eighth Race

1. JADE EYED 2. PARISIA 3. MATTER OF LAW

JADE EYED didn't have the best of trips while failing to attain her preferred position on the early lead last time in a stakes at Philadelphia Park. She won her two previous outings here, including the restricted Nandi Stakes, and should take some catching in this Ontario sire stakes if she breaks cleanly from the one-hole. PARISIA should be the main threat, even though she's a maiden. The daughter of Tethra has been stakes-placed twice, which includes a third-place finish in the Nandi. She had the lead after three-quarters last time out in the seven-furlong Muskoka, only to give way in deep stretch. MATTER OF LAW failed a recent turf experiment in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes, but was previously second in the six-furlong Nandi and should be heard from.

Ninth Race

1. SUPER BLITZ 2. PRIMORDIAL PRINCE 3. CAN YOU FEEL IT

SUPER BLITZ closed nicely from off a tepid pace to end up second behind a classy rival in a shorter dash at this price Sept. 16. He's maintained good form for most of the year, and should be a force to be dealt with again. PRIMORTIAL PRINCE is continuing his slide down the value ladder, and should be closing prominently while turning back from a route to a distance he can handle. McAleney has been on a roll of late. CAN YOU FEEL IT just missed in an identical spot Aug. 29, and should hit the tri if he fires one of his better shots for regular rider Dos Ramos.