07/20/2011 11:44AM

Woodbine: Jazzy Jessy in good spot to bounce back


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The stakes-winning 3-year-old Jazzy Jessy fits nicely in Friday’s seventh race at Woodbine, a $25,000 starter allowance scheduled for 1 1/4 miles on the grass.

Jazzy Jessy captured the Happy Ticket Stakes on the turf last September at Louisiana Downs but is winless in six starts since then. She was favored when she dropped into a $25,000 conditioned claimer in February at Fair Grounds, but could only manage a third-place finish.

Jazzy Jessy resurfaced here with trainer Barb Minshall following a layoff on May 11, when she met older opposition in a slow-paced optional claimer on the Polytrack. She wound up second after chasing front-runner Oil Painting throughout the 1 1/16-mile event.

After finishing well back in the June 5 Alywow Stakes, a turf sprint, Jazzy Jessy ran fourth in another optional-claiming route on the Polytrack, for which she got a career-high 73 Beyer Speed Figure.

Jazzy Jessy is meeting older foes again Friday and might attempt to make all the running under apprentice Ryan Pacheco.

Secret Skills earned a 75 Beyer when she was a prominent second in a $32,000 route on the grass July 9. Her most recent victory came on the lawn against $40,000 claimers last October.

Secret Skills possesses sufficient stamina in her pedigree for the task at hand. She’s by Aptitude and out of a mare by Canadian Triple Crown winner With Approval.

Nasiriyah’s Song is better than her mediocre turf record would indicate. She was a minor player in middle claimers in the spring in Southern California and earned her highest Beyer, an 81, when fifth in a $25,000 contest at Hollywood.

Nasiriyah’s Song had a brutal trip while stuck in traffic before closing for third in a nine-furlong starter that was taken off the turf here June 24. She’s worked three times in the interim, and jockey Eurico Da Silva knows her better now.

Hint of Lemon has been fairly consistent since being claimed for $20,000 last October and has a win on both Woodbine surfaces. She barely outran Nasiriyah’s Song for second after a wide-closing trip June 24.

Megavella defeated Hint of Lemon and Nasiriyah’s Song after racing wide from just off a sleepy pace June 24. She is unplaced in three grass outings and would benefit if the proceedings are moved to the main track.

Megha takes a decent turf pedigree into her first start on that surface.