04/08/2011 11:34AM

Woodbine: Crimson Glory stronger part of Ward-trained entry in sprint feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Wesley Ward-trained entry of Crimson Glory and Easy Ashley will garner lots of attention in Sunday’s featured sixth race at Woodbine, a second-level optional $62,500 claimer at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Crimson Glory had been idle for nearly five months when she made all the running in a five-furlong allowance on the grass at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25.

Crimson Glory started three times in Ontario last year, which included back-to-back seconds in allowance company here on the Polytrack. She earned a career-high Beyer Figure of 88 in the other race, which was a nose loss in a minor stakes at Fort Erie that was taken off the turf.

Easy Ashley will be running back just eight days after her opening-day victory, if she isn’t withdrawn. She earned a modest 64 Beyer in that five-furlong allowance, in which she led all the way.

Easy Ashley went winless in eight starts last year, while competing at seven different tracks throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Apprentice Juan Delgado, who won four races for Ward on opening day, was named on both parts of the entry.

Oil Painting, a blue-blood trained by Josie Carroll, wintered at Fair Grounds, where she worked five times before breezing five-eighths in 1:02.20 here April 2.

Oil Painting was beaten 10 lengths while a maiden in both the Woodbine Oaks and Bison City Stakes last year. She graduated over six furlongs Sept. 5, and capped her campaign with a hard-fought score in an allowance route.

Jesse Campbell inherits the mount on Oil Painting from Patrick Husbands, who’s serving a suspension.

The versatile Dancing Raven has been working at Florida’s Payson Park Training Center in preparation for her first start in five months.

Dancing Raven won her first two starts on Polytrack, and eventually captured the La Prevoyante Stakes on the grass in September. She was competitive in four other restricted stakes last year.

Tee Game, like Dancing Raven, is trained by Mike Doyle. She finished second in two consecutive $50,000 claimers in the fall.

Street Prize is the lone 3-year-old in the lineup. She bombed in her only stakes appearance Nov. 14 in the Glorious Song, after winning her maiden and an allowance.

Rounding out the field is D’wild Beach, who missed the board in four straight races after taking her first two.