11/23/2011 3:45PM

Woodbine: Bear and Rod shows potential


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Bear and Rod, an Ontario-sired 2-year-old, should be strongly backed in the eighth race at Woodbine Friday, a six-furlong first-level allowance.

Bear and Rod garnered some action at 6-1 when he debuted in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired stock Oct. 16. He vied for the lead and looked the part of a winner, only to get nailed on the wire.

Bear and Rod put it all together in a six-furlong maiden special Nov. 6. After stalking the leaders on the outside, he assumed command entering the stretch and kicked clear for a 4 1/2-length victory. He earned his second straight Beyer Figure of 68, which is tied for tops in Friday’s field.

Emile Ramsammy will get a leg up from trainer Mike DePaulo on Bear and Rod, who was a $12,000 yearling purchase by the powerful Bear Stable.

Locally Made was a rare 20-1 winner for leading trainer Mark Casse when he nosed out Bear and Rod for the win in his second start Oct. 16. He dueled three wide for the lead on the turn that day, lost ground at the quarter pole, and came back on to prevail with determination.

Omar Moreno retains the mount on Locally Made, who’s a half-brother to stakes winner Sugar Bay.

Mr. Monty benefited from an inside bias when he won a five-furlong maiden special on the front end Nov. 13. His lone off-the-board finish in five starts was a distant fourth in the restricted Simcoe Stakes.

Raincoats’ntuxedos has been idle June 5, when he wired maiden special opponents traveling 4 1/2 furlongs. He might be the quickest out of the gate, but he’s questionable going this far at this stage of his career. Apprentice Jeffrey Alderson has the mount.

Mono Cliffs has changed barns since his gate-to-wire tally over $25,000 maidens Nov. 6, for which he got a 66 Beyer. His outside draw might lead to a less-aggressive approach here under second-leading rider Patrick Husbands.

Hitec Dave isn’t out of the realm of possibility off a close second in a $25,000 claimer. He raced in third on the outside until the stretch over a track that favored inside and speed horses.

Palmetto Moon and Orbit Express have both struggled since graduating at first asking in the summer.

Orbit Express is dropping from an Ontario-sired stakes following a short layoff, and might be at his best while fresh.