05/08/2013 11:28AM

Woodbine: Ronaldino makes 9-year-old debut in Friday claimer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The dependable Ronaldino makes his 9-year-old debut at Woodbine in the fourth race Friday, when he goes for his 16th career victory in a contentious $20,000 claimer.

Ronaldino has competed across Canada. The British Columbia-bred began his career with trainer Terry Jordan at Hastings, where he graduated second time out in May 2007. He subsequently finished up the track in the Alberta Derby at Stampede Park, where he captured the 2008 Stampede Park Sprint Championship. Ronaldino also took the 2008 Free Press Stakes at Assiniboia Downs.

Jordan lost Ronaldino for $32,000 here in October 2008 to trainer Scott Fairlie, who never ran him back until the following September, when the gelding was fourth in a $5,000 claimer at Fort Erie. Trainer Mark Fournier haltered him from that event and has campaigned him ever since.

Ronaldino hasn’t finished worse than fourth in 17 starts for Fournier, including eight tallies, all in the lower and middle claiming ranks here on the Polytrack. He gutted out a win over $12,500 stock in his last outing Dec. 12, from which Firetheexecutive and Payton’s Victory both exited to score.

Ronaldino is 8 for 16 when competing over the six-furlong distance of Friday’s engagement. Justin Stein retains the mount.

Citius is another classy stakes winner in the fourth race. He prevailed in the Bold Ruckus Stakes on the grass here in June 2011, but has found the mark only twice since then.

Citius competed twice against $20,000 opposition in the fall, and his best race was a closing second in a slow-paced seven-furlong sprint.

Apprentice Skye Chernetz will ride Citius for trainer Ralph Biamonte, who has commenced the meet with two wins from four starters.

Malibu Skyline figures to lead the way in his first appearance since Nov. 17. He had a productive 2012 season, winning 4 of 14 starts and nearly $80,000.

Malibu Skyline put up a career-high 92 Beyer Speed Figure when he romped in a rapid $16,000 claimer Nov. 3 and then followed it up with a fading fourth in a first-level allowance. He wintered at Gulfstream Park before working three times here on the Polytrack for trainer Mike McDonald, who will give Jermaine Bridgmohan a leg up.

Prized Humour closed for third behind Citius last time out Dec. 15. He peaked Oct. 5, when he defeated $25,000 claimers with an 81 Beyer in his second start with Lasix.

Rounding out the field are Forbidden Bear, Empire Rising, Steady Stuart, and Kid Canuck.