10/07/2011 12:54PM

Woodbine: Holy Schneikes goes for series sweep in turf marathon


A starter allowance which would be the longest turf race ever run on the E.P. Taylor turf course since its 1994 opening is scheduled to take place here at Woodbine on Sunday.

The 1 3/4-mile race, which is the final leg of the Lou Cavalaris Marathon Series, offers a purse of $60,600 and attracted 13 entrants.

The series was inaugurated this season with two separate series of three legs, one of which was restricted to fillies, with all races scheduled for turf.

Holy Schneikes, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Scott Fairlie, will be looking for a sweep of this series after winning over 1 1/4 miles on July 1 and 1 3/8 miles on July 27.

Jazzy Jessy scored at 1 1/4 miles in the July 22 filly race and is the only female in Sunday’s field. The first leg of the filly series was moved to the main track and run at 1 1/8 miles and the final leg, scheduled for 1 1/2 miles, did not fill.

Chicago shipper Helicopter, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Larry Rivelli, has won 19 of his 49 career starts and finished second or third on another 13 occasions.

Helicopter has made three starts here, with his latest appearance a third-place finish in last year’s 1 3/4-mile Valedictory, but will be trying the local turf for the first time.

◗ The Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club will hold its monthly meeting here at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the third-floor Champions area. Jennifer Morrison will be the master of ceremonies for the group’s annual “Ladies of Racing Night”. Scheduled head table guests include trainer Barbara Minshall and Stacie Roberts, executive director of the Jockey Club of Canada.