09/12/2012 1:24PM

Woodbine: Hobnobsnob back on preferred surface for allowance feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Hobnobsnob is scheduled to get back on the grass Friday at Woodbine in the finale on a nine-race card, and will likely be a speed threat in the seven-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired females.

Hobnobsnob was ineffective on the Polytrack in her first four starts, including in her season opener May 18. She was a prominent fifth when trainer Earl Barnett tried her on the turf a month later, and then improved to a runner-up finish July 13.

Graduation day came July 22, when Hobnobsnob fought three-wide for the lead on the turn before drawing away to take a one-mile maiden special by nearly four lengths. Both the second- and third-place horses came right back to score.

Hobnobsnob reaffirmed her dislike for the Polytrack most recently, when she was beaten 18 lengths after tracking a fast early pace. She breezed a half-mile in 48.80 seconds last week, and Emma Wilson has the mount.

Comtesse Crimson defeated Hobnobsnob in a gutsy performance July 13, when she was awarded a 68 Beyer Figure. She has been freshened since running third as the favorite in a July 25 allowance under Eurico Da Silva, who retains the mount on the Sid Attard-trained 3-year-old.

Honors Best has also been idle since July 25, when she wound up second after making a premature bid for the lead in the stretch of that seven-furlong event. She received a career high 70 Beyer then.

Honors Best is winless in five starts at the meet, but she has only missed the board once in five grass races. Gerry Olguin will ride again for trainer Andrew Smith.

Kay’s Grace is trying the turf for the first time, and the large daughter of Philanthropist is out of a mare who produced one turf winner from five starters. She was odds-on in a recent seven-furlong allowance, but had to settle for second after running a bit rank early and then surrendering a clear lead in the stretch.

Leading rider Patrick Husbands takes over on Kay’s Grace, who is trained by Lisa Burry.

Café Au Lait made the board in both of her grass excursions, before earning her diploma in a Polytrack sprint Aug. 22.

Bearavie parlayed an ideal stalking trip into a maiden triumph going six furlongs on the grass July 13, but she is exiting a fade job in a Polytrack route.

Mahogany Road has a license to handle the unfamiliar footing. She is by the good turf sire Old Forester, and her dam has thrown turf winner Parabola.

Very Dry Dancer is shedding the blinkers following her second straight double-digit loss on the Poly.