06/19/2012 12:59PM

Woodbine: Tiller entry looks strong in Ontario-sired sprint


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Bob Tiller-trained entry of Where Oh Where and Hoof Ain’t It will be a short price if they both run Thursday at Woodbine in the featured second race, a five-furlong, Ontario-sired allowance for nonwinners of two.

Where Oh Where parlayed a stalking trip into a first-out maiden victory April 7, for which she earned a solid 77 Beyer Speed Figure. She was much fancied in a subsequent allowance, but things didn’t go smoothly for her after she got away slowly. She lacked room on the turn before rallying inside from well back to end up fourth, over a track that aided outside/closers.

With the addition of blinkers, Where Oh Where was head strong on the lead before tiring late when a close third in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance May 21. Most recently going three-quarters, she was outfinished by stablemate Princess Pick after participating in a speed duel and had to settle for second. It was the third consecutive start in which she was an odds-on price.

A hot Luis Contreras, who was a close second in the rider standings heading into this week, retains the mount on Where Oh Where.

Hoof Ain’t It received a 70 Beyer when she graduated at first asking on the lead traveling 5 1/2 furlongs April 22. Just 12 days later, she was the big favorite in an allowance but came up empty in the lane after setting the early pace.

Hoof Ain’t It rebounded last time as the tepid favorite in another six-furlong allowance, despite ducking out shortly after the break. She proceeded to close inside from a stalking position to finish second to Forester’s Diva.

Steve Bahen has the call on Hoof Ain’t It, a massive daughter of leading Ontario sire Old Forester.

Executive Mancer, a 5-year-old owned and trained by Mort Hardy, graduated over $25,000 maidens in her 35th start June 8. She’s shortening up from 6 1/2 furlongs and possesses some positive experience in shorter sprints.

Kerry Convent was competitive at this allowance class before finishing second against $20,000 nonwinners-of-two claimers May 23. I’llthinkaboutit outran Kerry Convent for second May 2. She subsequently finished fourth and third behind Where Oh Where in two other allowances and has yet to duplicate her season opener, in which she graduated over five furlongs with a 78 Beyer.

Dancinwithvictoria and Beso Bonita are coupled in an entry trained by Emily Walker.

Beso Bonita had a very wide trip last Thursday, when fourth in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance.