05/23/2012 11:53AM

Woodbine: Is It Cool teams up with hot trainer-jockey duo in Friday allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The trainer-jockey combo of Paul Buttigieg and Justin Stein has been among the best at the Woodbine meet, with a record of 6-5-3 from 22 starters. They teamed up to capture Monday’s New Providence Stakes with Gypsy Ring, and will be represented by Is It Cool in Friday’s second race, an Ontario-sired allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

Is It Cool graduated second time out at 2 in a relatively slow maiden special over six furlongs Nov 5. She got the winter off after ending up fifth in an Ontario-sired allowance Nov. 24.

Is It Cool was a determined third when she came off the sidelines April 15. She is exiting an even better showing in a six-furlong allowance May 4, rallying inside from off a slow pace to end up four lengths back in second. The winner, Miss Scarlett Road, subsequently ran second in the Lady Angela Stakes.

All four horses who finished behind Is It Cool May 4 will face her again Friday in the six-furlong feature.

Blondie the Best rallied for third after getting away slowly while making her second race off the shelf. Her debut at 2 was memorable. She missed the break before closing from 11 lengths back to win going away traveling just five furlongs.

David Moran will ride Blondie the Best again for trainer Steve Attard.

The Dave Cotey-trained Sunshine Promise was a fading fourth May 4 after failing to secure her preferred position on the lead. She has yet to duplicate her authoritative maiden triumph Dec. 3, and might get hung out wide in a speed duel Friday.

Apprentice Skye Chernetz, who recently won her first race aboard a Cotey charge, picks up the mount on Sunshine Promise.

Hoof Ain’t It was a major disappointment May 4, when she could only manage fifth as the odds-on favorite. The race took place a mere 12 days after her first-out maiden victory over five furlongs, for which she got a solid 70 Beyer Figure.

Steve Bahen will get a leg up from trainer Bob Tiller on Hoof Ain’t It, who is owned by Hoof Hearted Stable.

Euphrasia was sixth May 4 after checking in second behind the useful Sour Grapes in her season opener.

Completing the field is Forester’s Diva, who rallied inside from off a rapid pace to win a recent five-furlong maiden special, with a 59 Beyer. She earned a 66 Beyer when third in Hoof Ain’t It’s maiden voyage.