06/19/2013 3:17PM

Woodbine: Checkered Past aims for first turf win in Friday allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Friday’s wide-open Woodbine feature could belong to the Sam-Son Farm homebred Checkered Past. She will compete without the optional-claiming tag of $75,000 in the allowance for 3-year-old fillies, which is scheduled for a mile on the grass.

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Checkered Past has started three times for trainer Malcolm Pierce. She was a prominent third in her Feb. 23 debut on dirt at Fair Grounds.

Checkered Past switched to the grass for her second start at Keeneland. After racing four wide on the first turn in that one-mile maiden special, she backed up in the stretch to finish seven lengths back in sixth. The winner, Praia, subsequently ran second in two stakes at Churchill, and the runner-up, Tanzspiel, eventually graduated here in a good maiden special on the grass.

Checkered Past came three wide from third with long strides to earn her diploma in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special on Polytrack here May 11. For covering the distance in 1:46.17, she received just a 50 Beyer Speed Figure.

Eurico Rosa da Silva retains the mount on Checkered Past, who hails from the family of Canadian champions Catch the Ring and Catch the Thrill.

Pierce also entered Tonight We Dance, who is donning blinkers off a wide fourth in a Polytrack route. She faded to seventh in her lone turf try over soft ground in a stakes at Fair Grounds.

Fun in D’ Sun is dropping out of stakes company. She graduated over this course and distance last September while putting up a solid 71 Beyer.

Trainer Mark Casse sends out the entry of Bold Birdie and Takeyourbreathaway. Both are trying turf for the first time.

Bold Birdie recently was a minor player in allowance sprints on Polytrack. This will be her first start past six furlongs, and the daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone is a half-sister to turf winner Quality Lass.

Takeyourbreathaway has been idle since beating a quality field of maidens that included Akron Moon here April 27. The $225,000 Tiznow filly is the second foal from a Danzig mare, and she has a good Tomlinson turf number of 324.

Jazzy Jane is changing surfaces following back-to-back seconds in upper claimers. She is by the dirt sire Stephen Got Even, but her dam was stakes-placed in France and has produced three turf winners.

We’llseeaboutthat also is experimenting on grass off a strong showing in a Polytrack sprint, but she doesn’t have much turf breeding.