09/27/2001 12:00AM

Woodbine analysis for 9/28

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BEST BET: CAIRYLYN (7TH RACE)

First Race

1. CLASSIC DEPUTY 2. GOVERNOR JEB 3. PAYMENT IN FULL

CLASSIC DEPUTY got away slowly and trailed the field before closing with a smooth stride to pass some tiring rivals in the stretch of his $25,000 opener. He's moving up to tackle $40,000 maidens this time, but could be up to the task with that beneficial learning experience under his girth. GOVERNOR JEB broke three lengths behind the field before ending on the edges when he debuted for $50,000. He's reportedly going on Lasix, and should challenge for a successful second-out trainer. PAYMENT IN FULL was literally beaten a pole when he checked in second behind a runaway winner in the slop last week. He's been second in four of his six starts, and shouldn't be worse than third as he steps up a notch in value.

Second Race

1. KLASSY FLAG 2. SPOTICUS 3. DAZZLER

KLASSY FLAG toppled $16,000 conditioned rivals at this distance here in his penultimate outing, and is coming off a lapped-on second-place finish to a hot Osmanbek in a Fort Erie starter. He doesn't have much to beat in this $12,500 claimer, and should be a major player while being reunited with Lauzon after a one-race absence. SPOTICUS was third in a shorter dash at this level a week ago, and has won at seven-eighths in the past. DAZZLER has made a small fortune for owner/trainer Audre Cappuccitti over the years, but he's fallen on hard times this season. He's dropping to a new low, though, and could wake up without warning.

Third Race

1. MISS COPYCAT 2. SHOWTINA 3. MISS BAMBEE BELLE

MISS COPYCAT has had nearly five weeks off since she rallied for second against $25,000 opposition, and could be along in time in this $16,000 event. She has lots of speed to run at, and Patrick Husbands is sticking with her. SHOWTINA got away with setting soft fractions when she romped at this level July 27, and was a clear second most recently behind an impressive winner in another $16,000 jaunt. She could win the front-end battle, but maybe not the war. MISS BAMBEE BELLE is plummeting in value while returning from a two-month vacation and is hard to gauge. The stakes-placed mare will form a potentially strong entry with frontrunner SOTERAS QUEEN if one of them isn't scratched.

Fourth Race

1. REGAL SAHIB 2. FRIEND OF MINE 3. SWAMPSTER

REGAL SAHIB rallied wide for a wake-up win over a tough group of $50,000 platers two starts ago, and is coming off a respectable third-place finish in a $62,500 optional claimer. The seven-furlong specialist is seemingly in peak form, and should be closing prominently at what figures to be an honest pace set by FRIEND OF MINE. The latter set ridiculous fractions while running into a strong headwind when he dropped to try $40,000 foes Sept. 19, and understandably faded to third. He should take some catching if he fires one of his better shots for Gulas. SWAMPSTER hasn't found the mark since he won stakes two years ago as a juvenile, but is descending to compete with a tag for the first time while donning blinkers. He was only beaten two lengths last out after mounting a mild wide bid in the restricted Kenora Stakes.

Fifth Race

1. COOL TSUNAMI 2. MISS SHAFFER 3. TORMENTA DEL GRATA

COOL TSUNAMI shook loose on the lead and established moderate fractions before fading to third for $32,000 two weeks ago, which came on the heels of her troubled debut vs. $20,000 maidens. She's shortening up from 6 1/2 furlongs to three-quarters while dropping a level, and could put it all together. MISS SHAFFER closed four wide for the place when she dropped to this price for her second outing Sept. 5, and should be in the thick of things if she continues to progress. Clark is sticking with the John MacKenzie trainee. TORMENTA DEL GRATA has worked a half-mile since she was a vet scratch from a $20,000 claimer Sept. 12, and could be troublesome with the drop from $40,000.

Sixth Race

1. SINGLETON 2. SIK 3. LATIN TECHNOLOGY

SINGLETON weakened in the final furlong after a four-wide stalking trip in a recent $50,000 event won by Everyday Hero, who came right back to smoke for $80,000. He does his optimum running on the front end, and should take some catching in this $40,000 claimer if he employs an aggressive approach. SIK finished way behind a hot Ocean Front the last time he saw action in an Aug. 25 preliminary allowance, but should fare better against these in his second try off the claim. LATIN TECHNOLOGY was a non-threatening fifth behind the top pick in his latest, but could be more effective in this much easier spot.

Seventh Race

1. CLAIRLYN 2. FORUM SEARCH 3. STORMING ON MERIT

CLAIRLYN stalked the leaders before weakening and ended up fifth when she debuted in a seemingly tough Sept. 16 maiden special--the first two finishers in that six-furlong dash might be headed for the Princess Elizabeth Stakes. The full sister to stakes winners Indian Dan and Lynclar will likely meet easier in this shorter dash, and should take the cake. FORUM SEARCH has been prominent in all three of her outings on dirt and turf, and should be dangerous in her first try with Lasix. Shortening up to five furlongs could be to her benefit. STORMING ON MERIT dueled on the lead before giving way grudgingly in her lone start in a quality maiden dash June 3, and has worked in leisurely fashion for her return.

Eighth Race

1. HELIOTROPE 2. AHEAD BY A CENTURY 3. HERZBLATT

HELIOTROPE lays over this classified allowance field off her superb summer form. She wasn't beaten far when she faced males in both the Nearctic and Play the King Handicaps, and was a troubled second behind favored Confessional two starts ago in the Royal North. A flat mile on the grass is arguably her preferred trip. Late-running AHEAD BY A CENTURY rallied from left field to finish a solid third in the six-furlong Royal North, and is coming off another third-place finish on dirt in the seven-furlong Seaway Stakes. She should be charging for a share if most of the speed wilts. HERZBLATT battled up front through suicidal fractions before retreating last out in the 1 1/8-mile Canadian Handicap. She was previously in good form for a hot barn, and could hang on for a piece after racing forwardly from the outset.

Ninth Race

1. EH 2. TURBULENT SPIRIT 3. BUCK LUCKY

EH is plunging in price to the lower ranks and should be difficult to catch as the lone speed in this $12,500 contest. Husbands and trainer Sid Attard are a deadly combo. TURBULENT SPIRIT was a distant third behind some salty opposition in a recent $16,000 claimer, and could be sitting on a big effort in his second local start off the Schickedanz claim. Throw out his poor Aug. 1 effort at Fort Erie. BUCK LUCKY was merely warming up when he returned from an extended layoff in a seven-furlong event at this level Aug. 23, and could be closing from far back to complete the tri.