10/15/2012 2:02PM

Woodbine: Casa Loma overdue for win in Wednesday feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Casa Loma, who was scratched from last Saturday’s Ruling Angel Stakes, has surfaced in Wednesday’s Woodbine feature, a second-level optional $60,000 claimer.

Casa Loma, a 3-year-old trained by Bob Tiller, has been stakes-placed four times this year, but she hasn’t won since her 2-year-old campaign. She ran second to reigning champion 2-year-old filly Tu Endie Wei when she came off the bench in six-furlong Star Shoot on April 14, and was third two weeks later in the seven-furlong Fury.

Casa Loma experimented around two turns July 1 in the restricted Bison City, in which she was a front-running third behind Blue Heart and Black Bird Rock. She threw a rare clunker in the open Duchess on July 28, but then rebounded with a narrow loss in an Aug. 19 optional claimer.

Casa Loma was favored in the Sept. 3 Algoma, for graduates of local yearling sales, but had to settle for second behind Tee Game in the 1 1/16-mile route. She is coming off a close fourth in another 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer, for which she got a respectable 82 Beyer Speed Figure.

Casa Loma is stretching out to seven furlongs, the distance of both of her victories. Steve Bahen, who was aboard for both of those scores, has the mount.

Sharp Secretary captured the 2010 Duchess in a quality field made up mostly of U.S. shippers. She had been idle for more than a year when she defeated $32,000 claimers May 16, and then beat $40,000 opposition following a layoff July 28.

Sharp Secretary remained unbeaten on the year when she won a 6 1/2-furlong optional event that was taken off the turf Sept. 9. Emma Wilson will ride her again for trainer Lorne Richards.

Abrianna was eased last time out in a route on the grass, a surface that she apparently dislikes. After running second in her season opener at Keeneland, she won a slow-paced allowance here May 2, while earning just a 62 Beyer.

Patrick Husbands will get a leg up from trainer Roger Attfield on Abrianna, who is owned by Stronach Stable.

Rock the Moon has been one of the few underachievers in leading trainer Mark Casse’s barn this year. She is winless in eight outings at the meet, and has cracked the top three on only three occasions.

Lucky Melissa has been sidelined since she beat a weak field of Ontario-sired females July 1 at Fort Erie in the five-furlong Rainbow Connection Stakes. She was previously a useful middle claimer.