08/15/2011 12:02PM

Woodbine: Switch to turf may be all Miser needs to clear first allowance condition


ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Miser just missed in her last start at the facing Ontario-sired runners in a first-level allowance and may be ready to break through in Wednesday’s third race at Woodbine, in a six-furlong sprint on the grass.

Miser was a fading fourth behind future stakes winner Bear It’s Time in her lone 2-year-old outing on closing day of the 2010 meet. Following a winter break, she finished second in Ontario-sired maiden special company on April 22. A month later, she graduated at that level traveling five furlongs, while earning a respectable Beyer Speed Figure of 70.

Owner/trainer Steve Asmussen gave Miser a freshening in June, and she was surprisingly flat when she came off the bench and ran fourth July 17. Two weeks later in another Ontario-sired allowance sprint, she awaited room at the quarter pole before closing to hit the front with an eighth left, only to be caught on the wire by favored Dreamy Moonlite.

Miser is trying the turf for the first time. She is by the promising young grass sire Old Forester, but her dam and her half-brother, Bold Canadian, were both unplaced on turf.

Luis Contreras inherits the mount on Miser from Eurico Da Silva, who’s serving a suspension.

Our Darrilyn made most of the running before ending up second when she experimented on the grass traveling a mile July 30. She was once a useful sprinter on the Polytrack, so a turn back in distance might be okay for her.

Omar Moreno will ride Our Darrilyn for trainer Steve Attard, a combination that is 1 for 11 at the meet.

Hastetothewedding, a 4-year-old trained by Laurie Silvera, has improved with each subsequent appearance at the meet. She competed on the turf in her last two outings, finishing fifth in a $40,000 conditioned claimer and a wide-closing third behind Our Darrilyn.

Flashy Episode brings declining sprint form on Polytrack to this event, but she was a front-running third in her lone grass start over seven furlongs July 2. A wide trip may have contributed to her downfall Aug. 1, when she checked in 10 lengths behind Miser.

Yonge’s Harbour wasn’t a badly-beaten sixth behind Our Darrilyn and Hastetothewedding on July 30, and she broke awkwardly before running third in a seven-furlong grass allowance July 2. From 37 starts, the 6-year-old Yonge’s Harbour has a record of 1-8-2, and her maiden win took place late in 2009. Mona Moon has regressed since her debut score on Polytrack. She is taking a decent turf pedigree into her first try on the grass.