08/01/2011 11:23AM

Woodbine: Burmah Star looks set for maiden win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Burmah Star, one of the last fillies bred by the fabled Windfields Farm, seems poised to graduate in Wednesday’s third race, which is the first split of an Ontario-sired maiden special scheduled for seven furlongs on the grass.

Burmah Star has run three straight solid races on the grass, since a disappointing spring campaign on the Polytrack. She closed for second behind next-out winner Bubbles to the Top on June 22 and was a troubled third when she stretched out from six to nine furlongs in another maiden special July 9.

Trainer Steve Attard spotted Burmah Star ambitiously in the July 23 Passing Mood Stakes. Over a course that favored speed, she got away slowly but did well to rally for fourth in that seven-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Leading rider Luis Contreras inherits the mount from apprentice Caroline Duquet on Burmah Star, a daughter of Mobil who cost just $2,000 as a yearling.

First-time starter Proutes has worked decently for Melnyk Stable and trainer Mark Casse. She is by Paynes Bay, the sire of unbeaten Queen Street Beach, who won last Wednesday’s Deputy Minister Stakes for the same connections.

Patrick Husbands has the mount on Proutes, a New York-bred who doesn’t possess much turf breeding.

Legato is turning back off a front-running fifth-place finish in a nine-furlong maiden special and could be a speed threat under Jim McAleney.

Legato is trained by Laurie Silvera, who also has a contender in the weaker second division, Aberforth.

Aberforth wound up fourth behind two next-out winners and Burmah Star when she debuted June 22. She was favored in a subsequent maiden special on Polytrack, but finished a non-threatening fourth and is adding blinkers for this engagement.

Honors Best could take some catching in the second split, which is the fourth race. When she debuted in a six-furlong dash on the Polytrack on July 6, she dueled three wide for the lead before putting away the other speed en route to running second. The daughter of successful grass sire Best of the Bests has since worked slowly over the turf training course.

Eurico Da Silva will ride Honors Best for trainer Andrew Smith.

Jenny’s Magic and Ashighastheheavens both have some grass breeding. Jenny’s Magic is a half-sister to multiple turf stakes winner Jenny’s So Great, and first-timer Ashighastheheavens is a full sister to turf winner Gadget Play.