05/07/2012 12:57PM

Woodbine: La Donna Mobile gets more ground in Wednesday allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – La Donna Mobile will move out to an appropriate distance in Wednesday’s feature at Woodbine, a 1 1/16-mile allowance for Ontario-sired females. The race will cap the pick four, which has a guaranteed pool of $100,000.

La Donna Mobile, a lightly raced 4-year-old trained by Barb Minshall, was unplaced in three starts before she finished second in her first two-turn attempt Nov. 4. A month later, she graduated by 4 1/1 lengths in a slow nine-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired stock.

Following a winter break, La Donna Mobile ran evenly along the inside in a stalking position in a seven-furlong allowance to finish third under David Moran, who retains the mount Wednesday.

Chante Dan outran La Donna Mobile on April 22 when second to Proud in My Roots, who set slow fractions on an uncontested lead. It was her first appearance in five months, and she was awarded a career-high 60 Beyer Figure.

Chante Dan is shareless in two 1 1/16-mile attempts, but she did graduate in a nine-furlong contest for $25,000 Ontario-sired maidens last September. Quincy Welch will ride her again for trainer Bill Tharrenos.

Ushanka was fifth behind the aforementioned duo when she came off the bench April 22. She performed well in several 1 1/16-mile outings last fall under Chris Griffith.

Clever Peaks is starting for the first time since she checked in a close second Nov 27. She also was second in another Ontario-sired allowance route Nov. 2, when she earned her second straight Beyer in the high 50s.

Niigon’s Princess has performed well on turf and Polytrack. She was campaigned as a grass specialist during much of 2011, before finishing on the edges behind Clever Peaks in a pair of Polytrack races in November.

Forest Maid, who has been idle since a subpar performance Nov. 2, can fire while fresh as evidenced by her second to Dulce Esparenza in a two-turn maiden special last May.

Maximum Ride has been a bust since her remarkable debut victory going long Nov. 12, when her rider nearly fell off after losing his irons. She had some excuses in her season opener.

Reputed Run has been competing without shoes, and will do so again Wednesday. She has struggled at this level since last spring, but a wide trip over an inside-favoring track hindered her chances when sixth last time out Dec. 2.

Legato, Forest Maid, and Our Lucky Charm also are returning from a winter layoff.