07/10/2013 12:35PM

Woodbine: Man Stuff looks to snap losing streak in Friday allowance

Michael Burns
Man Stuff has lost seven consecutive races since winning the Sweet Briar Too Stakes last summer.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – There’s an obvious lone front-runner ridden by Jesse Campbell for trainer Nick Gonzalez in Friday’s feature, and it’s not Queen’s Plate winner Midnight Aria returning on short rest. Man Stuff will be looking to break out of a slump in the second-level optional claimer, and the crafty Campbell seems like the right man for the job.

Man Stuff was one of the leading 3-year-old sprinters at Woodbine during the first half of the 2012 meet, during which she beat older horses in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too. It’s been a rocky ride for her ever since, however, and she’s winless in seven starts since that stakes score last July.

Man Stuff finished seventh and sixth after flashing her customary speed in two Grade 3 stakes in the spring, the Whimsical and the Hendrie. Gonzalez most recently ran her with a $62,500 claiming price June 15, when she set rapid fractions before weakening to second as the favorite.

Man Stuff competes with a $62,500 tag again Friday, when she will break from the outside in a contentious seven-horse field.

Hurricane Lorraine ran the race of her life last month in a first-level allowance route, winning by 9 1/4 lengths under Campbell. She has a fine record at seven furlongs, the distance at which she won a slow Ontario-sired allowance on the turnback Dec. 15.

Jim McAleney, who won two races last Saturday, including a stakes, rides Hurricane Lorraine for trainer Alison Crook.

Rose and Shine went winless in seven starts last year at 3 after notching two stakes wins during her very productive 2-year-old campaign. She made up some ground after getting away slowly to end up fourth, two spots behind Man Stuff, in her June 15 season debut.

“She ran a good race last time,” trainer Ralph Biamonte said. “She’s been acting like she was as a 2-year-old.”

Eastern Atlantic split Man Stuff and Rose and Shine when third in her improved second race off the sidelines June 15. Tucci Stables owns her and Midnight Aria.

Alythiela and Royal Fury both are exiting a long layoff and a poor showing on dirt at Gulfstream Park. Each has been working quickly.

Alythiela did her best running here last summer, when she captured two seven-furlong events, a first-level allowance and a maiden special weight race.

Royal Fury also graduated over seven furlongs here on the Polytrack in June 2012, doing so against $50,000 maidens.

Sca Doodle tried hard when second against $40,000 conditioned claimers in her first race back from a winter break June 2.