09/26/2012 1:47PM

Woodbine: Pace may be too slow to suit Thislilsoulofmine in turf feature


ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Stretch runner Thislilsoulofmine is the class of Friday’s featured eighth race at Woodbine, a second-level optional $62,500 claimer. The question handicappers should ponder is whether or not she will be able to get up in time in the 1 1/16-mile turf route, which doesn’t contain much speed.

Thislilsoulofmine has been campaigned sporadically this year by trainer Roger Attfield. She never challenged in her lone appearance at the Gulfstream meet, before finishing a troubled fifth in the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland. A sleepy pace hindered her chances in that 12-furlong marathon.

Thislilsoulofmine skipped a condition when she contested a nine-furlong optional claiming event here July 20, but she got the job done after closing stoutly from 18 lengths back. She failed to threaten most recently when sixth in the Grade 3 Glen Falls Stakes at Saratoga, which contained several top notch grass runners.

Justin Stein, who was aboard for Thislilsoulofmine’s July 20 triumph, has the mount on the 5-year-old daughter of Perfect Soul.

Eagle Hall nearly won an identical race Aug. 26, after dueling up front through soft fractions. She lost a neck decision then to Lode Lady, who was dropping out of the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes.

Eagle Hall cleared the first allowance condition going 1 1/16 miles here June 23 after shipping in from Churchill, where she was third in a May 24 allowance. Patrick Husbands will ride her again for trainer Mark Casse.

Dixie Chicken and Joharmony are both competing with a $62,500 tag.

Dixie Chicken finished second to Thislilsoulofmine while beating Eagle Hall in one of her better performances July 20. She mounted a mild wide bid for third behind Lode Lady and Eagle Hall on Aug. 26.

Jesse Campbell was aboard when Dixie Chicken captured an optional claimer on the Polytrack in her May 13 season opener. He will get a leg up from Catherine Day Phillips.

Joharmony hasn’t accomplished much since she captured the 2010 Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico. She has two sixths and a fourth to her credit this year, at three different American tracks.

Joharmony is making her first start for trainer Sid Attard, who has an impressive 38 percent strike rate with new acquisitions since the beginning of 2011.

English Class is shortening up off a four-length score in a 10-furlong allowance Aug 19. Trainer Brian Lynch has worked her four times leading up to this engagement.

Round out the field is Hard Sun, coming off a long layoff for a new trainer, Mark Frostad. She won an allowance at Golden Gate in December, trained then by Neil Drysdale.