05/09/2012 10:51AM

Woodbine: Fast maiden winner Johannes returns in allowance sprint feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Johannes makes her much anticipated second start Friday at Woodbine in the featured fourth race, a first-level allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

Johannes made quite a splash April 8 in a five-furlong maiden special for 3-year-old fillies, scoring by 11 1/2 lengths in 56.80 seconds, a time which was just .39 of a second off the track record. She earned a whopping 96 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Reade Baker said Johannes worked competitively last year with eventual Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Tu Endie Wei, who might be the best filly or mare here this year.

“She beat Tu Endie Wei working last year,” Baker recalled. “She beat her a head, and Tu Endie Wei beat her a head. I said to myself at the time: ‘I couldn’t have two of these, like Todd Pletcher.’ I thought maybe I misread things, but they both can run.”

Johannes has worked quickly since her opener. Journeyman Jim McAleney, who won aboard two of five mounts at the meet for Baker, will ride her again.

The Mark Casse-trained Sky Dreamer figures to be the second choice in the seven-furlong race.

Sky Dreamer won at first asking on the grass last summer, before finishing seventh in both the Grade 3 Natalma and Mazarine stakes. She made the board in both of her allowance attempts, which included a narrow loss in her seven-furlong season opener.

A hot Patrick Husbands retains the mount on Sky Dreamer, who is donning blinkers for the first time, a potent angle for Casse.

Runfor Ro, who graduated at first asking by disqualification at 2, has never crossed the wire on top in competition.

Runfor Ro’s career highlight was a runner-up placing behind Tu Endie Wei in the My Dear Stakes. She also finished third in both the Ontario Debutante and Glorious Song stakes.

Run for Ro was a well-beaten fifth in the April 14 Star Shoot Stakes, which came on the heels of a troubled second in the filly division of the OBS Sprint Stakes in Ocala, Fla.

Man Stuff led throughout her April 21 debut in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special, for which she got a 73 Beyer. She has since breezed five-eighths in a bullet 59.80.

Part the Seas earned her diploma second-time out here in a seven-furlong maiden special April 14, after ending up fourth in her debut at Fair Grounds.

Acting Naughty comes off a nose loss in her first race back from a winter break, in a slowly run six-furlong allowance.