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Woodbine: Quick Turnover has serious shot in feature
By Ron Gierkink
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – There is no stakes on the final Saturday program of the Woodbine meet, on an 11-race card that attracted a whopping 140 entries.
Quick Turnover could prevail in the featured fourth, a first-level allowance route for 2-year-olds that is worth $70,300.
Quick Turnover hasn’t been worse than fourth in five starts, while banking about $37,000. Following a summer layoff Oct. 8, he checked in third against $40,000 maidens. Twelve days later, he improved to second against $32,000 maidens in another six-furlong sprint.
Quick Turnover finished second in a seven-furlong event for $32,000 stock Nov. 16. Two weeks later, he found the mark against $40,000 maidens when he stretched out to 1 1/16 miles, which is the distance of Saturday’s headliner. The 61 Beyer Speed Figure he earned then is the co-highest in this field.
Patrick Husbands retains the mount on Quick Turnover, who is trained by Ricky Griffith for Debmar Stable.
Myth Master is going long for the first time, and this son of Master Command has some stamina in his pedigree. He was never in the hunt at first asking for $32,000 on Nov. 16, but he made amends in another seven-furlong event Dec. 2. In that race, he lacked room along the inside before closing to win the $20,000 contest by nearly four lengths, with a 59 Beyer.
Myth Master is sent out by the familiar combination of apprentice Skye Chernetz and trainer Dave Cotey.
Trainer Ralph Biamonte entered Papiamento and Open Ice Hit, who both possess speed.
Papiamento came out on the short end of a win photo in each of his first two excursions and then graduated in a $32,000 sprint in his last start Oct. 20. His sire, Sightseeing, was a Grade 2-winning router, and his dam was a sprinter.
Open Ice Hit wired $62,500 maidens second time out in August. He was beaten in double digits in two subsequent stakes, including the Cup and Saucer, which was run over yielding turf.
Highland Bay found his niche going long when he defeated Ontario-sired maidens Oct. 17. He wasn’t an impact player after a troubled break Dec. 2 in the Kingarvie Stakes, although he picked up fifth money in that Ontario-sired event.
Hesa Big Dude also was a well-beaten fifth last time out in a restricted stakes, the nine-furlong Coronation Futurity on Nov. 10. He won his only other outing in a maiden special on the dirt at Fort Erie and is adding Lasix on Saturday.
Fantastic Prospect suffered double-digit losses in both the Kingarvie and Frost King Stakes, after landing his first two starts in lower claimers
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