09/27/2001 11:00PM

Woodbine analysis for 9/29

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BEST BET: HUNTER TODD (9TH RACE)

First Race

1. DATEWITHTHEDEVIL 2. SHADOW T 3. RING FAST

DATEWITHTHEDEVIL dueled through honest fractions before fading to finish sixth when he went from five to seven furlongs in his second start. He's turning back to three-quarters while dropping another notch and should threaten at a square price. SHADOW T got away two lengths behind the field before ending up fifth in his $50,000 debut, and should be more prominent with a clean break while competing at half that price. RING FAST broke awkwardly and then stalked the pace en route to a distant runner-up placing in his improved encore, and should challenge with more forward progress.

Second Race

1. REBEL KING 2. MAX THE GREAT 3. JUBALANI

REBEL KING broke very slowly before closing wide for second in his opener, and was beaten a neck as the chalk last time after getting bounced around shortly after the start. He might enjoy the stretchout from six to seven furlongs, and shouldn't be a maiden much longer. MAX THE GREAT was just a neck back of the pick after battling on the lead last time, and is probably the one to catch with Dos Ramos taking over. JUBALANI closed mildly for fifth while running against a strong speed bias in his penultimate try at this level and distance, and should be along to garner some of the pieces.

Third Race

1. MILLER'S MARK 2. PRIDEOFTHECOOMBE 3. KARRA KUL

MILLER'S MARK was blocked in the stretch along the rail and had to be checked in his last outing, and then surged late to finish a half-length back once he found room. The veteran has had a productive stint at this stand, and should be tough while remaining at the $62,500 class. PRIDEOFTHECOOMBE rallied nicely for second over a turf course which favored speed in a recent $40,000 claimer, and may not be out of his element with these. KARRA KUL lacked some room early in the stretch before ending up a respectable sixth in the Grade 3 Play the King Handicap. He won his only other seasonal outing at this distance vs. $100,000 opposition, and should be competitive as one of the favorites.

Fourth Race

1. HEYHOWHATDOYOUKNOW 2. ONE FOR THE ANGELS 3. SCEPTICAL

HEYHOWHATDOYOUKNOW lost all chance when she lacked room on the turn and was steadied when in the midst of making her move at a notch lower Sept. 12. She's stepping up a notch, but should be dangerous because the winner of that event came back to score for $32,000. ONE FOR THE ANGELS has checked in second in her last two starts, both at the $32,000 plateau, and has filled the place position in half of her eight seasonal outings. She's obviously a viable candidate to round out the exactor. SCEPTICAL is another longtime maiden who should be used underneath in exotic wagers.

Fifth Race

1. IRISH FURY 2. DANUBIO 3. LINDEN HILL

IRISH FURY stalked a rapid pace and looked the part of a winner in mid-stretch before succumbing to a rival who came from left field in a seven-furlong dash at this level two weeks ago. He's testing unknown waters here at three-quarters, but should be tough on a repeat of that last effort. DANUBIO is a longshot possibility with Jono Jones back at the helm. He raced over a dead rail after breaking poorly in a recent $12,500 event, and didn't disgrace himself by finishing fourth. LINDEN HILL is dropping for his second attempt off the $20,000 claim by a trainer who made a small fortune with a claimed runner (Comarctic) in the 1990s. He could hit the board as an overlay.

Sixth Race

1. HONOUR'S INTENTION 2. BRAVELY 3. DANCER'S PALLISADE

HONOUR'S INTENTION looks best in this field of first-time starters. The son of successful debut sire Honour and Glory has worked solidly and is bred to be fast, top and bottom. His dam won the Glorious Song Stakes at 2, and has produced the crack sprinter Krz Ruckus, one of the favorites in Sunday's Highlander Handicap. BRAVELY drilled a quick five-eighths earlier this month for a trainer who can have one ready. DANCER'S PALLISADE is by a high percentage debut sire, but hails from a weak family. Many of his works have been on the quick side, so he's liable to make an impact.

Seventh Race

1. SWEETEST THING 2. SOUNDTRACK 3. NIGHT EDITION

SWEETEST THING hasn't done much wrong in her short career and will record a unique double if she wins this, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara, since she's already won the Breeders' Stakes, final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. She raced wide throughout the 1 1/2-mile Breeders', in which she romped over a weak field, and has worked encouragingly for this engagement. SOUNDTRACK should be the main threat while seeking her fourth consecutive victory under Boulanger. She rallied from far back to win the open Ontario Colleen Handicap Aug. 26, and has worked like gangbusters in the interim. NIGHT EDITION battled on the lead before giving way to a sharp Golden Corona in a 1 1/8-mile allowance Sept. 12, and she won her maiden at this distance in June while beating Soundtrack. British Columbia shipper INISH GLORA was recently second behind a talented SoCal invader in the B.C. Oaks and could challenge in her grass debut, since she has some turf breeding.

Eighth Race

1. WESTERN RESOLVE 2. MAUD GONNE 3. BRIGHT KNIGHT

WESTERN RESOLVE sticks out in this seven-furlong maiden special off her recent second-place finish to Lady Shari, who subsequently landed the Grade 1 Mazarine BC Stakes in an upset. She's been second in all three of her starts, which also includes a two-length loss in the Shady Well Stakes to Ginger Gold, arguably the top juvenile filly on the grounds. First-timer MAUD GONNE is by a hard-knocking sprint sire and from the dam of two stakes-placed sprinters. If anyone can have one ready to go this distance first crack, it's trainer Roger Attfield. BRIGHT KNIGHT is going on Lasix while exiting a fourth-place finish in the restricted Muskoka Stakes, and wouldn't be much of a surprise in just her third start. FAR AND NEAR is another secondary contender.

Ninth Race

1. HUNTER TODD 2. PRAISE FROM DIXIE 3. GRAND END SWEEP

HUNTER TODD broke a bit tardily last out and then showed he could come from off the pace by closing five wide for third in the prep for the Highlander Handicap. He beat future stakes winner Hopeful Moment in winning his only other outing over this main track, and should have this group well within his sights. PRAISE FROM DIXIE upset Met Mile winner Exciting Story when he wired a tough allowance field at this distance Sept. 1, but could do some bouncing this time. GRAND END SWEEP closed belatedly for third the last time he cut back from a route to seven furlongs Sept. 1, and could duplicate that placing.

Tenth Race

1. BEAUALLIS 2. WESTERLY FLOW 3. ESTELLE ASTAIRE

BEAUALLIS failed a recent turf experiment at Fort Erie, but could get back on track in this $20,000 claimer. She won her maiden with ease the last time she went long on the main track at the border oval, and might have a beneficial stalking trip near all the speed here. WESTERLY FLOW should also be coming from somewhere off the pace for a high placing if she fires her best shot. ESTELLE ASTAIRE could be the dominant speed in her first try off the claim by trainer Tino Attard, who has secured leading rider Kabel for the mount.