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Woodbine: Jimmy Chew Shoos taking a shot on grass
By Ron Gierkink
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Jimmy Chew Shoos switches to the turf off an improved race in Wednesday’s Woodbine headliner, a seven-furlong allowance for Ontario-sired nonwinners of three.
Jimmy Chew Shoos, a 6-year-old trained by co-owner Richard Cadger, defeated lowly $12,500 maidens in his eighth outing last spring. He maintained good form through the summer and was victorious over a capable group of $20,000 conditioned claimers in August.
Jimmy Chew Shoos tailed off in Ontario-sired allowance company last fall, but was fourth when he returned from a winter vacation May 11. Three weeks later, in another nonwinners-of-three allowance, he rallied for second behind the razor-sharp Spirit Warnings.
Jimmy Chew Shoos is trying the grass for the first time, a surface for which he has minimal breeding. He worked an easy half-mile in 50 seconds around the cones over the turf training course before his last outing, on May 24. David Garcia retains the mount.
Uncatchable Fire is the lone two-time turf winner in the lineup. Both of those triumphs took place when he was in peak form early last summer.
Uncatchable Fire didn’t show much in his two outings this spring, including in an open $40,000 claimer that was much tougher than Wednesday’s engagement. Richard Dos Ramos will ride him again for trainer Mike Mattine.
Mist Opportunity and Captain Crow are the only other grass winners in the field.
Mist Opportunity’s maiden score came over a mile on this course in 2011. He ran lukewarm and cold in his two appearances this year.
Captain Crow graduated in a maiden special weight turf sprint back in July 2011, but never found the mark again until last September, when he defeated Ontario-sired allowance company going long on the Polytrack.
Trainer Sid Attard is putting the blinkers on King City, who was a nonthreatening fifth as the surprising favorite in a seven-furlong allowance that was taken off the turf May 31.
King City finished a close third after setting the pace in his lone turf excursion, an allowance sprint early last fall. He breezed a five-eighths in a bullet 1:01.40 over the dirt training track June 12.
Phil’s Dream is by the good turf sire Philanthropist and could make some noise in his first start on anything other than Polytrack. He returned from a 10-month absence to run second April 26 and then found the mark in another 5 1/2-furlong allowance May 19.
Committed, a son of the decent grass sire Niigon, was beaten 15 lengths when he went long on the Poly in his May 25 season opener.
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