09/21/2011 12:44PM

Woodbine: Charlie's the Man must bide his time in allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Charlie’s the Man looked like a prospect for this year’s Queen’s Plate last fall, before things went awry. He finally graduated in his last outing and will be looking to double up in Friday’s Woodbine feature, a 10-furlong allowance worth $70,300.

Charlie’s the Man wound up second in both of his 2-year-old appearances, including the nine-furlong Coronation Futurity. He got a late start to his current campaign, however, and had changed trainers before he bombed in his season opener, going from Roger Attfield to Brian Lynch.

Eighteen days later on June 23, Charlie’s the Man weakened to third after setting the pace in a seven-furlong maiden special. He also led the way going 1 1/16 miles Aug. 3, before ending up a close second.

Most recently, Charlie’s the Man was rated just off a lively pace in a nine-furlong maiden special. He hit the front at the quarter pole, before drawing clear to prevail by daylight, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 78.

Charlie’s the Man appears to do his optimum running from a stalking position and has some speed to track here under Eurico Da Silva. Making the lead too soon could lead to his downfall, something that the crafty Da Silva must be wary of.

Holy Schneikies, a 4-year-old trained by Scott Fairlie, has been better than ever this year. He won three in a row in the spring and early summer, including two marathon starter allowances on the grass.

Holy Schneikies attended a tepid pace before finishing a flat fifth in a 10-furlong allowance Aug. 20. He was without regular rider Gerry Olguin, who was at Northlands Park for the Canadian Derby. Olguin will be back aboard Friday.

Serious Indeed is coming off an upset score over next-out winner Trend in an 11-furlong maiden special on the grass, for which he got a respectable 81 Beyer. His Polytrack record is poor, but the 3-year-old may simply be at his best over extended route distances.

Big Foot Papa and Delawana both possess speed.

Big Foot Papa won every second start until his last one in allowance company, in which he faded to fourth traveling 1 1/16 miles. He’s shedding the blinkers, and leading rider Luis Contreras has the call.

Delawana made all the running in a 10-furlong maiden special on the lawn July 16. He has been idle since his fade job over soft turf in the Aug. 7 Breeders’ Stakes.