06/13/2012 12:07PM

Woodbine: Return to turf may help Forest Maid clear allowance condition


ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Forest Maid’s lone turf race was one of her best, and she’s scheduled to get back on the grass Friday at Woodbine in a 1 1/16-mile allowance for Ontario-sired females.

Forest Maid has made eight consecutive starts in restricted nonwinners of two allowance company, and hit the board five times. She was a prominent third traveling nine furlongs on the grass Oct. 9, when she earned a career-high 66 Beyer Speed Figure.

Forest Maid rallied for third in both of her outings at this meet. The winner of her May 9 season opener, Clever Peaks, came right back to beat nonwinners of three Ontario-sired opposition.

Justin Stein will ride Forest Maid for trainer Kevin Attard, who broke out of a slump with two wins last week. Attard has scored at a 15 percent clip third-time off a layoff over the past five years.

Niigon’s Princess has a record of 1-1-1 from 6 starts on the grass. Two of those unplaced efforts came in stakes, and she got a 70 Beyer while earning her diploma in front-running style going 1 1/16 miles a year ago.

Niigon’s Princess gave way late to Clever Peaks when she came off the sidelines to edge out Forest Maid for second May 9. Three weeks later, she weakened to fifth as the favorite in another 1 1/16-mile allowance.

Emma Wilson retains the mount on the Ian Black-trained Niigon’s Princess, who is the leading earner in the field.

Ushanka is a longshot possibility in her first start with blinkers and apprentice Skye Chernetz.

Trained by Carlos Grant, Ushanka closed for second in her only grass outing last summer at Fort Erie. She hasn’t shown much this year, but a change in surfaces could be just what the doctor ordered.

Maximum Ride has struggled since her memorable debut in November, in which her rider lost his irons and nearly fell off before she went on to victory. This will be her first attempt on turf, for which she has little breeding.

Trainer Bill Tharrenos entered Laeda and Chante Dan. Neither is bred for the grass, on which Chante Dan finished up the course the only time she competed on it.

Ayenda has been running hot and cold in low-level nonwinners-of-two claimers.

* In Friday’s eighth race, the versatile Tapit’s Brew goes for his third win in a row in a $25,000 starter allowance. His main competition in the seven-furlong race could be another hot horse, Kissed by a Ghost.