07/21/2011 2:37PM

Woodbine: Hollywood Hit relaxes in Bold Venture win

Michael Burns
Hollywood Hit wins the Bold Venture Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Hollywood Hit is back on track.

Canada’s champion sprinter in 2010, Hollywood Hit recorded his fifth career stakes victory Wednesday in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture.

With regular rider Jim McAleney in the irons, Hollywood Hit broke on top but then settled in second behind Essence Hit Man before taking charge entering the stretch and holding off Signature Red for a three-quarter-length victory.

”He ran good; we just let him run his own race,” said Terry Jordan, who trains the 5-year-old Hollywood Hit for owner Peter Redekop,

“He seems to be fine with taking back as long as you don’t take a hold of him. You let him do what he wants.”

Hollywood Hit had finished a faltering fourth when opening up his campaign here May 8 in the seven-furlong Vigil.

“We made him take back off the leader there, and it didn’t work,” Jordan said.

Hollywood Hit had tuned up for the Bold Venture with a June 22 run at Presque Isle Downs in the Karl Boyes Memorial, a 5 1/2-furlong stakes in which he had also broken on top but then stalked the pace before taking over and going on to score by 2 1/2 lengths.

That trip to Pennsylvania underlined the fact that there is a dearth of opportunities for the top main-track sprinters here, a situation that Jordan again has to face while trying to map out the rest of Hollywood Hit’s campaign.

“There really isn’t much left for him here,” Jordan said.

Last year, Hollywood Hit finished second in the Bold Venture on July 17 and then won the six-furlong King Corrie here Sept. 22.

Then, in what turned out to be his final start of the season, Hollywood Hit traveled to Keeneland for the Grade 3 Phoenix on Oct 8 and finished a close second at six furlongs.

“Maybe we’ll have to look around,” said Jordan, who will be keeping an eye on the stakes books while hoping that something surfaces locally in mid-summer.

Jordan looks to double up

The Bold Venture was the first stakes win of the meeting for Jordan, but he will be looking to make a quick addition to that total when he sends out Medabuck for Saturday’s $125,000 Passing Mood, a seven-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Owned by James Redekop, Medabuck was a $20,000 purchase at the local select yearling sale and has won three of her six races. Her successes have come in Ontario-sired company and include the six-furlong Victorian Queen Stakes in her second start last year.

After watching Medabuck falter after racing on the front end when she made her last start as a juvenile in the six-furlong Fanfreluche and again in her 5 1/2-furlong bow this year in a second-level allowance, Jordan decided that an equipment change was in order.

“We took the blinkers off her,” Jordan said.

Medabuck responded with an even third-place finish at seven furlongs here May 25 and then knocked out her second allowance condition while coming from a stalking position at six furlongs.

“She’s been training as good as we can get her to train,” Jordan said. “Now, we’ll see if she takes to the turf.”

Medabuck breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 on the turf training course here July 15, but has never set foot on the E.P. Taylor turf course. Jordan is concerned about how she will react to the stretch run’s proximity to the grandstand.

“I’m a little worried she might be a little spooky out there, when she sees the grandstand,” Jordan said.

“But I can’t put the blinkers back on her after she just won without them.”

Line Change eyes Canadian Derby

Jordan has a new shooter in the barn in Line Change, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old who was purchased for Peter Redekop with an eye toward the $300,000 Canadian Derby.

The Canadian Derby, a 1 3/8-mile race for 3-year-olds that is the showpiece of the Northlands Park meeting, will be run Aug.20.

Line Change is entered in a $20,000 starter allowance at 1 1/16 miles here Sunday.

Line Change, unraced as a 2-year-old, has seen action eight times this season in a campaign that began Jan. 22.

Starting out in the claiming ranks, Line Change graduated for $16,000 in his second start and then ran his streak to three while racing for claiming prices of $25,000 and $40,000, with his first four outings coming at Laurel.

Line Change has won two of his four subsequent outings, including a first-level allowance race over 1 1/16 miles at Pimlico and the $57,000 Floor Show over the same distance at Monmouth Park.

“I like him,” said Jordan, who sent out Line Change to breeze five furlongs in 1:02 here last Saturday. “I think he’s a nice little horse.”

Sunday stakes draw small fields

Woodbine will present an interesting but rather poorly attended stakes doubleheader here Sunday, with a field of six on tap for the Grade 2, $300,000 Nijinsky and seven set to go postward in the $150,000 Ontario Matron.

Musketier and Fifty Proof, both stakes winners at the meeting, head the lineup for the Nijinsky, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up.

Biofuel, Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, will be stretching out to 1 1/16 miles while making her second start of this season in the Ontario Matron.

Embur’s Song, who is riding the crest of a three-race win streak, also is a strong contender in the Ontario Matron.

Altius, Citius work for Deputy Minister

Altius and Citius breezed in company on the training track here Thursday morning in preparation for the $125,000 Deputy Minister, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds here Wednesday evening.

Exercise rider Shoban Srinivas was aboard Altius, who was clocked in 48.80 seconds, while Citius, under jockey Omar Moreno, was timed in 49 seconds.

“I just wanted them to have a nice, slow breeze,” said Ralph Biamonte, who trains both Altius and Citius for the partnership of his wife, Mary Biamonte, and Danny Lococo.