06/13/2011 1:56PM

Woodbine: Written Approval should benefit from turf, rail position


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The combo of trainer Catherine Day Phillips and jockey Jono Jones won an allowance last Sunday at Woodbine with the promising Weekend Romance. They will team up again in the fourth race Wednesday night with Written Approval, who takes a solid turf pedigree into his first turf try in a $40,000 conditioned claimer over a mile.

Written Approval was beaten a pole after getting away slowly when he debuted in November. He ran lights-out following a winter layoff April 17, when he graduated over $25,000 maidens after battling through lively fractions.

Written Approval, a son of Belong to Me, is out of the minor turf stakes winner Agolo, who was trained by Day Phillips. Agolo has produced Quiet Approval, a turf winner over hurdles.

Written Approval should be forwardly placed. The temporary rail will be in the speed-friendly lane 4, a position that may be to his benefit.

Ruhtro and Evanderfield were both competitive on the grass at Gulfstream last winter.

Ruhtro has been campaigned sporadically by trainer Mark Casse. He hit rock bottom with a fifth straight double-digit loss last July, before going to the sidelines for six months.

Ruhtro never fired in a five-furlong optional claimer in January at Tampa, but is coming off a second at Gulfstream in a key $30,000 conditioned claimer that has yielded three next-out winners.

Luis Contreras, who is riding Ruhtro for the first time, has compiled excellent numbers on Casse runners.

Evanderfield was eased after encountering trouble on the far turn in his local debut May 1 in the Wando Stakes, which was won by Check Your Soul.

In his only grass outing April 7, Evanderfield finished fourth in a $50,000 starter allowance at Gulfstream, his first start off the $15,000 claim by trainer Tino Attard. Patrick Husbands has the mount.

Strategic Hope, one of two stuck on the also-eligible list, should be a factor if he draws in. His lone turf effort in February at Gulfstream was good, and he recently ran second at this level on the Polytrack.

Macallan is exiting a decisive victory over $16,000 maidens in his debut off a $10,000 claim. He was competitive on the grass last July.

Montana Memories was beaten just three lengths when a troubled sixth in his lone grass excursion last September. This will be his first start since he wound up second in a tough $32,000 claimer Nov. 27.