06/20/2012 2:55PM

Woodbine: Two stand out above the rest


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Marked in Stone has the highest Beyer Speed Figures, but Rising Dough resides in one of the hottest barns at Woodbine. They are the logical contenders in Friday’s featured eighth race, an Ontario-sired allowance sprint for 3-year-olds.

Marked in Stone made the board in all four of his outings, which included a narrow second-out loss at 2, in which he was bet down to 7-10.

Following a winter layoff in Florida, Marked in Stone was made the 1-2 favorite in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special here April 21. He fought for the lead through fast fractions, then tired in the final sixteenth and had to settle for third with a 66 Beyer.

Most recently, Marked in Stone took a less-aggressive approach in another 5 1/2-furlong maiden special. He tracked the leaders on the outside before going in for the kill, and prevailed by a neck with a 68 Beyer.

Marked in Stone is moving out to 6 1/2 furlongs, a distance over which he is questionable. Patrick Husbands will ride him again for trainer Gail Cox.

Rising Dough graduated fifth-time out in his final 2-year-old appearance Dec. 2, when he defeated two next-out winners and earned a 60 Beyer.

Rising Dough dead-heated for second after closing from sixth in his first Ontario-sired allowance try May 6. His last effort going 6 1/2 furlongs was even better, in which he rallied wide from off slow splits over an inside-favoring track to end up second.

Regular rider Gerry Olguin will get a leg up on Rising Dough from trainer Scott Fairlie, who has won at a 28-percent clip at the meet.

Cox will also saddle One More Deal, who dead-heated with Rising Dough in his first outing off the bench May 6. He was no match for that rival most recently. After tracking the pace on the outside, he could only manage to hold on for third.

Luis Contreras retains the mount on One More Deal, who earned black type when third in the 2011 Bull Page Stakes.

Tuxedo Ray looks to be a minor player in his sixth start of the meet. He nearly cleared the nonwinners-of-two Ontario-sired allowance condition in his second race back, but then came up empty in a two-turn experiment. He checked in fourth and fifth in his last two tries going short.Seven Day Fool benefited from the aforementioned bias when a fading fifth behind Rising Dough and One More Deal June 1. The struggling Jade Prince completes the field.