06/12/2012 2:21PM

Woodbine: Beso Bonita has good shot in step up


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Beso Bonita didn’t beat much when she won her maiden race, but she looked good doing it, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see her make an impact when she jumps up to Ontario-sired allowance company in Thursday’s fourth race at Woodbine.

Beso Bonita was never in contention after getting away slowly and racing wide over an inside-biased track May 5, when she debuted in a $25,000 sprint for Ontario-sired stock.

With the addition of Lasix on May 23, Beso Bonita was dismissed at 80-1 when she made a sideways class move to an open $12,500 maiden claimer. After tracking the early leaders in the six-furlong dash, she made a four-wide bid for the lead on the turn, and then drew away in the lane to prevail by three and a quarter lengths. The 52 Beyer Speed Figure she earned then compares favorably with the other protagonists in Thursday’s engagement.

Omar Moreno will ride Beso Bonita again for owner/trainer Emily Walker.

Seven other fillies, all 3-year-olds, were entered in the 6 1/2-furlong headliner, including the erratic Is It Cool.

Is It Cool graduated second time out at 2, before coming up empty in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance. After getting the winter off, she commenced her 2012 campaign by finishing a nonthreatening third and a clear second in a pair of Ontario-sired allowances.

Is It Cool looked like a player most recently, but she could manage only fifth of six after a tardy start. Her trainer/rider combo of Paul Buttigieg and Justin Stein is 9 for 32 at the meet.

Euphrasia defeated Is It Cool when fourth after a wide trip May 25, but she failed to keep up with that rival when sixth May 4. A repeat of her runner-up placing in her season opener might be good enough to get the job done, but that race was at 5 1/2 furlongs, and she seems to have an affinity for shorter sprints.

Emile Ramsammy will get a leg up from trainer Mike DePaulo on Euphrasia. Like Beso Bonita and Is It Cool, she is a daughter of the speedy Vibank.

Wait Till U Try and Malibu Lady are both coming off the sidelines.

Wait Till U Try earned her diploma last summer on the dirt at Fort Erie, but was competitive in two routes here on the Polytrack in the fall.

Malibu Lady trailed in the Nov. 9 South Ocean Stakes, which came on the heels of her maiden victory in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint.

Total Bliss won her maiden by disqualification in a recent $25,000 event going six and a half.