10/03/2011 11:47AM

Woodbine: Bear It's Time tries to bounce back against older in Classy ’n Smart

Michael Burns
Bear It's Time will take on older rivals for the first time in Wednesday's Classy ’n Smart at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Bear It’s Time finished third as the favorite last time out in the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. On Wednesday, Bear It’s Time will be looking to redeem herself when she comes back at the same distance and faces older rivals for the first time in the restricted Classy ’n Smart at Woodbine.

“I thought she ran well last time, but maybe she was a little close early,” said Reade Baker, who trains Bear It’s Time for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion. “She doesn’t have the same kick when she lies close.”

Bear It’s Time already has two stakes wins under her belt this year, having captured the seven-furlong Lady Angela for Ontario-sired fillies and the 1 1/16-mile Bison City for Canadian-breds.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who rode Bear It’s Time for the first time in the Eternal Search, retains the mount.

Moonlit Beauty had been entered in last Saturday’s Avowal, an open seven-furlong overnight stakes for fillies and mares, but was scratched and redirected to the Classy ’n Smart.

“We were already thinking of it when we were going to have a soft turf,” said John LeBlanc, who trains the homebred Moonlit Beauty for Bill Gierkink.

“When it came off, we were coming out for sure. We didn’t want to run her against those horses on Polytrack.”

Moonlit Beauty’s last start was a front-running win in the Belle Geste, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-foaled fillies and mares in which she was ridden by Eurico Rosa Da Silva for the first time.

The 5-year-old Moonlit Beauty also won the Zadracarta, a restricted overnight stakes over the same distance and surface last year and is the top money-winner in the Classy ’n Smart field with $344,311.

The question mark regarding Moonlit Beauty here is the distance, which she has tried just twice in her career with the most recent start being a fourth-place finish in a restricted first-level allowance in October 2009.

“We’ll have to try to get her to relax and we have the right pilot for that in Eurico,” LeBlanc said.

“Hopefully, he can nurse her speed and get her home.”

Bubbles to the Top, a 3-year-old trained by Mike DePaulo, also has opted for the Classy ’n Smart after being scratched from an open first-level allowance scheduled for one mile of turf last Saturday.

“When it came off, we were going to get an outside post going a mile and 70,” said DePaulo, who sent out Bubbles to the Top for a second-place finish in the La Prevoyante over one mile of turf in her last start here Sept. 10.

Rounding out the field will be Askeaton, Clear Lake, Dance to the Moon, Isabella Bay, Megavella, and Venus Bay. Dance to the Moon and Isabella Bay were supplemented at a cost of $2,500.