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Woodbine: Hobnobsnob stretching out for Wednesday turf allowance
By Ron Gierkink
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Hobnobsnob won her comeback in an allowance race for Ontario-sired nonwinners of three, and now the two-time winner gets to compete at the same level in a longer grass event in Wednesday’s Woodbine feature.
Hobnobsnob graduated over a mile on the lawn last July, her only win from 10 starts in 2012. Following a six-month layoff, she prevailed June 1 in a front-end battle to win the aforementioned seven-furlong allowance by a neck.
Trainer Earl Barnett said he had no qualms about running Hobnobsnob out of her proper condition.
“I couldn’t wait for a nonwinners of two,” Barnett said. “She was in good order, so I decided to try her there. I was so excited that she was able to hang on and win.”
Barnett said Hobnobsnob has excelled ahead of Wednesday’s 1 1/16-mile race.
“She should run well back,” Barnett said. “She’s probably a little better now that she’s matured a little bit. She loves the turf. The only thing that gives her a lift is the grass. I don’t care what shape it’s in; I just hope it stays on. We decided not to run her for a tag last year to save these two conditions in the Ontario-sired ranks.”
Gerry Olguin retains the mount on Hobnobsnob, a 4-year-old Mobil filly owned by Openwood Farm.
The Goldmart Farms entry of Comtesse Crimson and Princess Pick should be well backed.
Comtesse Crimson, trained by Sid Attard, is racing beyond seven furlongs for the first time off a flat fifth in her 2013 debut. She won an allowance for Ontario-sired nonwinners of two on the grass in October and earned a 71 Beyer Speed Figure.
The Bob Tiller-trained Princess Pick hasn’t shown much since she captured her first two starts of 2012. She is shareless in four grass outings but managed to finish fourth in the 2012 La Prevoyante, a turf stakes that was won by her full sister, Top Ten List, in 2005.
Primordia came four wide from a stalking position to land a one-mile turf allowance at 73-1 in her second race off the bench June 12.
Waitinginthewings broke slowly before racing four wide throughout when second in her 2013 debut going long on the Polytrack. She deserves another chance on the grass, over which she was beaten four lengths when seventh in a tough allowance last July.
Maximum Ride placed in two of her three turf races last year, including a nose loss in a 1 1/4-mile allowance.
Main-track-only entrant On We Go is stretching out for her third start off the bench.
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