09/27/2011 11:38AM

Woodbine: Casa Loma will be much shorter price against winners


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Casa Loma made quite a splash when she graduated second time out at 76-1. She should be favored in her third start in Thursday’s Woodbine headliner, a seven-furlong allowance for 2-year-old fillies that will kick off the eight-race card.

Casa Loma, who’s named after a well-known Toronto castle, was never in contention before ending up a distant ninth in her debut in an Aug. 6 maiden special.

Trainer Bob Tiller added blinkers for Casa Loma’s second start Sept. 3, and the equipment change seemed to make a difference as she was forwardly placed in the seven-furlong maiden special. Casa Loma took dead aim at 2-5 favorite Delightful Magic in the stretch and blew by her late to win in 1:23.29, a time that earned her a 73 Beyer Speed Figure. The ninth-place finisher, She’s Got Tube, returned to beat $62,500 maidens at 17-1.

Casa Loma came back to breeze five-eighths in a sizzling 58.40 seconds, which was the co-fastest of 50 works at the distance Sept. 16. Steve Bahen will ride her again for owner Rolph Davis.

Vibrant Worship also has worked quickly since earning her diploma, which came in her debut in a five-furlong maiden special Sept. 4. Dismissed at 20-1, she got away slowly before closing strongly on the outside to prevail by daylight, receiving a 58 Beyer. She galloped out strongly after the race, which bodes well for stretching out.

Jose Contreras, the younger brother of leading rider Luis Contreras, retains the mount on Vibrant Worship, who is trained by Malcolm Pierce for Live Oak Plantation.

Sapphire Star earned a 77 Beyer when she wired $40,000 maidens at first asking by five lengths in early August. When she resurfaced Sept. 5 in the Muskoka Stakes, Sapphire Star got away slowly before saving ground in a stalking position, en route to running sixth.

Trainer Arthur Silvera will give Eurico Da Silva a leg up on Sapphire Star, who is a half-sister to stakes-placed Cryptonite Kid.

Emma Wilson, who’s been riding Sapphire Star, is sticking with Awesome Fire. After getting dusted in her debut, Awesome Fire rode an outside bias in a victory over $50,000 maidens two weeks ago.

Kentucky shipper Razzleberry was all-out to land a maiden special on the grass at Ellis Park in her lone appearance Aug. 28. She has since worked twice over Turfway’s Polytrack.

Completing the field is Genes Northernstar, who was beaten in double digits in each of her last two starts in stakes.