10/24/2012 12:30PM

Woodbine: Pure Blue Sky steps up in Friday optional claimer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The late-bloomer Pure Blue Sky moves up to second-level allowance company Friday at Woodbine in the featured optional claimer, which will be contested over nine furlongs on the Polytrack.

A 3-year-old by Purim, Pure Blue Sky graduated in a sprint following a winter layoff in her June 13 season opener. She wasn’t an impact player in two subsequent allowances before finishing second while going from turf to Polytrack on Aug. 5.

Pure Blue Sky showed rare speed before fading to third in a slow-placed contest Sept. 3. She saved ground in midpack and closed outside in the stretch when she finally cleared the first allowance condition traveling nine furlongs Sept. 23. She earned an 80 Beyer Speed Figure in that race, romping home on top under Tyler Pizarro.

“She’ll run all day,” trainer Sam DiPasquale said.

All six entrants in Friday’s headliner are nominated to the Nov. 3 Maple Leaf Stakes. It’s Gail and Joharmony are the only stakes winners among them.

It’s Gail, a huge chestnut trained by Bob Tiller, has three wins and as many seconds from six starts. She defeated Ontario-sired 3-year-old opposition Aug. 12 in the Eternal Search Stakes and has since run second in the La Prevoyante and Classy ’n Smart stakes.

Joharmony captured the $50,000 Hilltop Stakes in 2010 on the grass at Pimlico. This year, she is shareless in four starts at four different tracks, all on the grass. Eurico Da Silva will ride her again for trainer Sid Attard, a successful combo.

Mark Casse trains the entry of Sky Dreamer and Sky High Lady.

Sky Dreamer gave the front-running La Tia a run for her money when second in the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks in July. After running a clunker on the grass in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen in August, she was second to La Tia again in the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette Stakes here Sept. 23.

Sky High Lady broke slowly before closing four wide for third when she returned from a layoff in the slow-paced La Lorgnette.

Patrick Husbands was named on Sky Dreamer and Sky High Lady, both daughters of Sky Mesa who are owned by John Oxley.

Hard Sun won a first-level allowance on the turf at Golden Gate last December, when she was trained by Neil Drysdale. She went on to finish a troubled fourth in an optional claimer at Santa Anita before going to the bench.

After an eight-month absence Sept. 28, Hard Sun was a fading fifth here in an optional claimer on the grass, her debut for trainer Mark Frostad.