08/01/2013 2:04PM

Woodbine: On Rainbow Bridge looks tough in Nandi

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Michael Burns
On Rainbow Bridge goes into the Nandi on Saturday off this victory in the Shady Well.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – On Rainbow Bridge followed up on her encouraging opener with a solid score in the 5 1/2-furlong Shady Well here July 14. On Saturday, On Rainbow Bridge will be looking to add another feather to her cap when she takes the subtle drop from Ontario-foaled to Ontario-sired 2-year-old filly company in the $125,000, six-furlong Nandi Stakes.

“She came out of the race great, and is going into this great,” said Dave Cotey, who conditions On Rainbow Bridge for the Triple K Stable of Kurt Cobza. “These young horses improve, and I expect her to have learned a lot out of that race.”

On Rainbow Bridge finished third in a maiden race in her debut. In the Shady Well, On Rainbow Bridge established position early and took charge in the stretch run to score by 1 1/2 lengths and give apprentice rider Skye Chernetz her first stakes win.

“She handled the 1-hole very professionally,” said Cotey. “Skye did a nice job relaxing her; she rode a good race.”

On Rainbow Bridge will break from post 6 on Saturday.

Paladin Bay, who is winless in three starts, finished a game second behind On Rainbow Bridge in the Shady Well. She stands a fair chance of turning the tables in the Nandi.

“From the time I started riding her, I knew she was very nice,” said trainer Harold Ladouceur, whose wife, Jessie, is the owner and groom of Paladin Bay. “Every day, she seems to be getting better and better.

“She didn’t get the perfect trip last time and it looked like she was closing ground, hard, on the winner. There’s a lot of speed in this race, and the extra half-furlong should help her. I like her; I think she’s going to run big.”

Gerry Olguin retains the mount on Paladin Bay, who will begin from post 4.

Where’s the Carat, who set the pace but weakened slightly to finish third in the Shady Well, is one of several potential Nandi pace factors along with Making It Happen, It’s A Gizmo, and Strela.

Ralph Biamonte trains Where’s the Carat and Eurico Rosa da Silva regains the mount.

Making It Happen outfooted It’s A Gizmo in her only start. Emile Ramsammy returns in the saddle.

It’s A Gizmo came back to finish second again in a race won by Executive Class, who also is in the Nandi lineup.

Strela is a maiden after three starts and is coming off a fourth-place finish behind Lia’s Miracle, who returns in the Nandi.

Lexie Lou won first crack out but failed to threaten when eighth in the Shady Well and will be racing with blinkers on for the Nandi.