06/04/2012 2:54PM

Woodbine: The Bull Got Shot can keep Tiller barn hot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Bob Tiller won four races last weekend at Woodbine, including the Ballade Stakes. He will try to keep the ball rolling in Wednesday’s third race with The Bull Got Shot, who will be the first or second choice in the Ontario-sired allowance sprint on the grass.

Following numerous seconds and thirds, The Bull Got Shot finally graduated in his 16th start on Dec. 4, earning a 71 Beyer Speed Figure in the 6 1/2-furlong maiden special. After a winter layoff April 7, he checked in third in his first allowance attempt over five furlongs, a distance far shorter than his preferred.

A month later, The Bull Got Shot had a very wide trip over an inside-favoring track when he was a nonthreatening sixth in a six-furlong allowance. Most recently going 6 1/2 furlongs, he was a wide-stalking second behind favored Rob the Cradle.

Luis Contreras, who was aboard when The Bull Got Shot finished second in his lone turf start, retains the mount.

Bear’s Peak is returning from a year-and-a-half layoff in the six-furlong feature. He graduated second time out at 2 in the Bull Page Stakes, but then went to the sidelines after finishing a close eighth in November of 2010 in the Frost King, another Ontario-sired stakes.

Bear’s Peak has worked quickly for trainer Reade Baker, who clicked with 13 percent of his six-month-plus comebackers over the past five years. Emma Wilson has the mount.

Two Oh One ran with the bias May 5, when he vied through soft fractions before retreating. His season opener was much better, and he performed well on the grass last year, so he could be a live longshot.

Pleasure Peaks won his maiden in front-running style going a mile on the grass last August. He was beaten in double digits in each of his four outings since then, and is shedding the blinkers for his first start of the year.

Chief Executive finished on the outer edges behind The Bull Got Shot and Rob the Cradle in his two May excursions. He was beaten a pole the only time he competed on the grass.

Hidden Profit has been freshened since beginning the meet on a downer. His only turf try, which wasn’t pretty, came in his debut, and he probably deserves a mulligan.

Mono Cliffs is also in poor Polytrack form. His dam was a winner on turf, and she has produced a grass winner, so he could wake up on the unfamiliar footing.

The low-level claimer Jasamine Cot was entered for the main track only.