11/22/2011 12:22PM

Woodbine: Miss Scarlett Road lands in softer spot


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Miss Scarlett Road gets some big-time class relief in Thursday’s Woodbine headliner, and she might not even be the favorite in the allowance sprint for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Miss Scarlett Road was bet down to 2-1 when she debuted in a restricted five-furlong maiden special Oct. 19. After tracking the leaders along the inside, she took control early in the stretch and then drew clear for a three-length triumph while earning a respectable 62 Beyer Speed Figure.

Miss Scarlett Road met a host of talented fillies in the open Glorious Song Stakes on Nov. 13. She had an outside-stalking trip over an inside-biased track in that seven-furlong event, before fading to finish 10 lengths back in sixth. Tu Endie Wei, the impressive Glorious Song winner, is a contender for champion 2-year-old filly honors in Canada this year.

Richard Dos Ramos will ride Miss Scarlett Road for Tucci Stable and trainer Sid Attard.

Nikkis Bold Gelato could be favored off her good stakes form, even though she’s accumulated declining Beyers since earning her diploma at second asking in August. In her last two outings, she chased then-unbeaten Kitty’s Got Class, the 10th-place finisher in the Glorious Song.

Nikkis Bold Gelato was a distant second in the Victorian Queen for Ontario-sired fillies and is coming off a third in the Fanfreluche for Ontario-breds. She got away slowly in both of those six-furlong stakes and galloped out well after the Victorian Queen, which suggests that the 6 1/2-furlong distance of Thursday’s feature will be suitable for her.

Luis Contreras will get a leg up from trainer Bob Tiller on Nikkis Bold Gelato, a daughter of the popular Bold Executive.

The Steve Attard-trained Blondie the Best ran a freakish race to win her only start in a five-furlong dash for $32,000 maidens on Nov. 10. After missing the break, she lagged behind the field in 11th on the backstretch, before mounting an eye-catching wide rally to win going away at 41-1.

David Moran replaces the departed Jesse Campbell on Blondie the Best, who is going on Lasix.

Consecutive is adding blinkers off a front-running third-place finish in the South Ocean, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for Ontario-sired stock. It will be interesting to see if her speed is as effective around one turn as it is going long.

Maxine’s Pride was a well-beaten fourth in the Victorian Queen, which came on the heels of a victory over $25,000 maidens.

Completing the field is recent maiden winner Is It Cool.