09/05/2011 12:40PM

Woodbine: Dance With Gretch goes for three in a row


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Dance With Gretch seeks her third straight victory in Ontario-sired company Wednesday night at Woodbine in a competitive allowance route for nonwinners of three.

Dance With Gretch was along for fourth when she debuted June 30, an encouraging effort that set her up nicely for another 1 1/16-mile maiden special July 23, which she won with ease after closing from fifth.

Dance With Gretch was favored most recently in a nonwinners-of-two allowance, but she had her work cut out for her after getting away slowly. Fortunately for her, the pace was fast, and she mounted a five-wide rally from 16 lengths back en route to a three-quarter-length triumph, earning a 68 Beyer Speed Figure.

Dance With Gretch, a daughter of Queen’s Plate winner Niigon, shouldn’t mind stretching out from 1 1/16 miles to nine furlongs in Wednesday’s feature. Tyler Pizarro will ride her for trainer Abraham Katryan, who also entered the out-of-form Go West G T Go.

Summer Ending also has had a fruitful summer. She won her maiden third time out convincingly going seven furlongs in June and subsequently rode an outside bias to another authoritative score in an Ontario-sired allowance route.

Summer Ending went back to seven furlongs last time out and was upset by Bubbles to the Top, but still managed to finish a clear second. Leading rider Luis Contreras retains the mount for trainer Radlie Loney, a combination that is 3 for 7 at the meet.

Clementis and Dulce Esparenza finished second and third, respectively, in a race at this class and distance Aug. 14.

Clementis had a good outside stalking trip near a tepid pace that day, before giving way to a closing Baganara. She appears to be rounding into peak form.

Dulce Esparenza hit the board in all five of her outings this year, which included two triumphs in restricted company.

Classic Maria won back-to-back Ontario-sired routes in June and July, before going to the sidelines. She worked twice in August and was a vet scratch Aug. 14.

R Unpainted Dancer seemed overmatched in the Aug. 14 Victoriana Stakes on the grass, but she did well to hang on for fifth after an inside-stalking trip. She could be the pacemaker.

Winning Charm also possesses speed, but her recent form is unspectacular. The 10-pound apprentice Jeff Alderson inherits the mount on her from Emile Ramsammy, who is sticking with R Unpainted Dancer.