10/03/2012 12:38PM

Woodbine: Sour Grapes tries turf in Friday allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Sour Grapes will experiment on the grass in Friday’s Woodbine feature, and her speed could be effective in the six-furlong first-level allowance, with the temporary rail out in lane 5.

Sour Grapes captured two Ontario-sired allowances at the meet, including one for nonwinners of three July 14, when she got a career-best 77 Beyer Speed Figure. Most recently, in a first-level allowance, she led in the two path on the turn en route to running second over an outside-biased track. The victorious Henny’s Heart subsequently ran third in a minor stakes at Fort Erie.

Sour Grapes is by the popular Old Forester, whose progeny have won at a healthy 22 percent clip first time on the grass. Her dam banked $100,000 as a turf specialist, but none of her four offspring who tried the turf won.

As usual, Slade Callaghan has the mount on the Wray Lawrence-trained Sour Grapes.

Bingo won her maiden last year on the grass in the one-mile Ontario Damsel Stakes, upsetting stablemate Roxy Gap. She hasn’t raced since the spring, when she ran second and sixth in allowances on the Polytrack.

Luis Contreras will ride Bingo again for trainer Mark Casse.

Elusive One appears to be in with a big shot. She rallied along the rail to finish a close second in a 6 1/2-furlong turf allowance Aug. 4, when she defeated future stakes winner Nikkis Bold Gelato.

Elusive One has worked extensively during her time off and will have Jermaine Bridgmohan aboard again. Her trainer, Malcolm Pierce, won last Sunday’s Avowal Stakes with Magic Broomstick.

Posh Sox has been at her best as a turf sprinter. She won a seven-furlong Ontario-sired allowance two starts ago and is coming off a flat fourth behind Moonlit Beauty in the 1 1/16-mile Victoriana Stakes. Eurico Da Silva is back in the saddle after a one-race absence.

Transgression is the latest newcomer to the scene trained by Mark Frostad. She graduated over six furlongs on the Hollywood turf last November and has been idle since ending up seventh in a Feb. 3 optional claimer at Santa Anita.

Crane Beach went coast to coast in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special Sept. 9. She was beaten in double digits in her lone grass excursion, which came traveling 1 1/16 miles, a distance seemingly much farther than she wants to go.Casablanca Kiss is trying the grass for the first time, with a mediocre pedigree for the surface. She was a fading fourth in a recent $62,500 claimer for 3-year-old fillies.Main-track-only entrant Acting Naughty is in peak form.