05/30/2012 1:10PM

Woodbine: Guitar Solo, Iwillgotothemoon give Attard two shots in turf feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Steve Attard will take two shots at Friday’s featured eighth race at Woodbine when he saddles uncoupled Guitar Solo and Iwillgotothemoon in the second-level optional $62,500 claimer on the turf.

Guitar Solo is experimenting on the grass with a dirt-oriented pedigree, but having turf breeding isn’t a prerequisite for success in turf sprints, in which speed usually trumps stamina.

Guitar Solo closed for third in his season opener in a difficult $40,000 starter allowance. Most recently on May 6, he came wide from off a slow pace to romp in an optional claimer over six furlongs, which is the distance of Friday’s race.

Emma Wilson retains the mount on Guitar Solo, who breezed a half-mile in a bullet 47.40 seconds on May 24.

Iwillgotothemoon took his season openerby setting a moderate pace in a $50,000 claimer on the Polytrack. He has won 3 of 6 grass starts, including a first-level allowance sprint following a long layoff last July.

Patrick Husbands will ride the diminutive Iwillgotothemoon, who bounced second-time out last year, and is eligible to regress again.

Zip It Nance could hound Iwillgotothemoon on the front end. He prevailed in a slowly run first-level allowance traveling five-eighths in his seasonal bow, and then checked in third behind Iwillgotothemoon after a stalking trip May 6. He set the pace before getting nailed on the wire by the gritty Consolidator Joe in a heartbreaking loss in a May 21 optional claimer.

Emile Ramsammy will get a leg up from trainer Denyse McClachrie on Zip It Nance, who has 2 seconds from 4 starts on grass

Top Prospect has also been competitive on the grass, without finding the mark. His best turf effort was probably a third-place finish in the Sept. 5 Halton, a stakes for graduates of local yearling sales.

Top Prospect is exiting a runner-up placing behind Guitar Solo, in which he defeated Consolidator Joe. Hot turf rider Eurico Da Silva will ride him again.

The Boy’s Ring faded in the final furlong in both of his races at the meet. Owner/trainer Paul Buttigieg is undoubtedly hoping that a change in surfaces leads to an improved performance.

Red Strike is making his third start after an extended layoff for trainer Malcolm Pierce, who has been shut out in turf sprints since the beginning of 2011.

Tyus is competing for the first time since he won a first-level allowance with just a 69 Beyer Nov. 27. His lone turf attempt was forgettable.

Main track only entrant Carbon Footprint completes the field.