11/01/2011 11:09AM

Woodbine: Hidden Profit's Beyers headed in right direction for sprint feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Hidden Profit made a positive impression in his first start outside the maiden ranks, and he should be a player in Thursday’s Woodbine headliner, an Ontario-sired allowance sprint for nonwinners of two.

Hidden Profit’s first two races in June were forgettable, and he also ran flat following a layoff in an Aug. 13 maiden special. He turned the corner Sept. 10, when he went on Lasix and won a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired maidens.

Most recently in an Ontario-sired allowance, Hidden Profit ran evenly in a stalking position en route to finishing a close third. He received a 78 Beyer Speed Figure, which was significantly better than the 67 that he earned in his maiden triumph.

Quincy Welch will get a leg up from trainer Darren Glennon on Hidden Profit, who is stretching out from 6 1/2 to seven furlongs.

Rob the Cradle could be favored off his wide-closing second in a quality Sept. 24 allowance on Polytrack. Red Eagle, Red Shot, and Peeks Inthe Forest all exited that six-furlong sprint to win next-time out in allowance company.

Rob the Cradle was a beaten favorite twice before earning his diploma in a maiden special on the grass Aug. 26. Emma Wilson will ride him again for trainer Ian Black, who sent out Stormy Lord to take last Sunday’s Labeeb Stakes.

Haverhill, Not So Griem, and Persecute all finished behind Hidden Profit on Oct. 15.

Haverhill mounted an eye-catching rally from 12th to overhaul longtime maiden The Bull Got Shot late when he graduated two starts ago. He was more forwardly placed Oct. 15, when he made up some ground to finish three-quarters of a length behind Hidden Profit in fourth.

Not So Griem finished a decent sixth behind the likes of Gypsy Ring and Paso Doble in the restricted Overskate Stakes on Sept. 28. However, he could only manage another sixth after being bet down to 4-1 most recently.

Persecute was softened up in a speed duel before fading to seventh Oct. 15. He was returning from a layoff then while making his first start with Lasix, and might be more effective on this occasion.

Captain Crow never threatened last time during a wide journey in a nine-furlong allowance on the grass. He was previously in solid form.

Khulna is shedding the blinkers off a front-running fifth on the turf, and leading rider Luis Contreras retains the mount.