08/01/2012 1:43PM

Woodbine: Total Bliss gives turf a try in Friday sprint


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Sid Attard is represented in both Ontario-sired allowances Friday at Woodbine, where he will run Total Bliss in the seventh and Miss Scarlett Road in the eighth.

Total Bliss is trying the grass for the first time in a seven-furlong sprint for nonwinners of three. She graduated by disqualification in a $25,000 claimer May 19 and then doubled up in nonwinners-of-two, Ontario-sired allowance company June 14.

In her first start at this level July  14, Total Bliss outran favored Love in Egbert for second while ending up 3 1/2 lengths behind the leading second choice Sour Grapes.

Steve Bahen will ride Total Bliss, who doesn’t have much turf breeding.

Maximum Ride, who was second in both of her grass races, is shortening up significantly in distance in the seventh. She chased next-out allowance winner Niigon’s Princess home while beating Ayenda when going 1 1/16 miles June 15 and is exiting a nose loss traveling 10 furlongs.

Chris Griffith retains the mount on the Jim Hutchison-trained Maximum Ride.

Miss Scarlett Road will likely be favored in a six-furlong dash for nonwinners of three. She ran big in two of her juvenile outings last year, which sandwiched a distant sixth in the open Glorious Song Stakes.

Miss Scarlett Road defeated Ontario-sired allowance stock second time out this spring and then wound up second behind wire-to-wire winner Blues Dancing in the restricted Lady Angela Stakes. She defeated stakes winner Grace Phil and Sour Grapes in the seven-furlong Lady Angela.

Miss Scarlett Road was only an early factor against older Ontario-sired stakes opposition most recently, in the five-furlong Rainbow Connection on the grass at Fort Erie. Emile Ramsammy will ride her again.

Other contenders in the eighth race include Princess Pick and Flashy Episode.

Princess Pick won both of her Polytrack races with determination in the spring. She beat maidens at 32-1 following a winter break May  18. Three weeks later, she upset stablemate Where Oh Where in a six-furlong allowance.

Princess Pick was a minor player in her last two races on the grass, which included a fifth-place finish in the Passing Mood Stakes. Steve Bahen returns after a one-race break to ride the Bob Tiller-trained filly.

Flashy Episode had a busy 12-race 3-year-old campaign last year, during which she banked about $100,000. She dropped a nose decision to Nikkis Bold Gelato in her first race back from a break June 8 and finished third after participating in a speed duel in a turf allowance July 1.