05/24/2013 5:50PM

Wooodbine notes: Dynamic Sky breezes nicely


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dynamic Sky, who is headed for the Plate Trial, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on the Polytrack here at Woodbine on Friday under exercise rider Corey Fraser.

“Corey said he worked real well and galloped out well,” said Mark Casse, who trains Dynamic Sky for John Oxley.

Dynamic Sky is heading into the Plate Trial off a third-place finish in the Queenston, a seven-furlong race for Ontario foals here May 11.

Casse has recruited Joel Rosario, winner of this year’s Dubai World Cup with Animal Kingdom and Kentucky Derby with Orb, to ride Dynamic Sky in the Plate Trial.

Rosario also will ride Spring in the Air for Casse in the same day’s $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Spring in the Air, also owned by Oxley, was Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2012 and won the seven-furlong Fury for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies in her local seasonal bow.

Checkered Past catching up

Checkered Past, trained by Malcolm Pierce, also is nominated to the Woodbine Oaks and breezed four furlongs in 49.80 seconds on the training track turf course here Friday.

“I thought she moved really good on it,” said Pierce. “The long-range plan would be to run her here in the Wonder Where. But, we haven’t ruled out the Oaks.”

The $250,000 Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race that follows the Woodbine Oaks and Bison City as the third leg of the Canadian triple tiara, is set for Aug. 4.

Pierce and Sam-Son already have Fury runner-up Smartyfly and Dance Again, who ran well at the Fair Grounds and Keeneland this year, on target for the Woodbine Oaks.

Checkered Past, who began her career on Feb. 23, won her maiden in her third career start and local debut at 1 1/16 miles here May 11.

“I think Checkered Past is a little bit behind Smartyfly and Dance Again experience-wise,” said Pierce.

Changes in condition book

The Woodbine race office has introduced several changes in its third condition book of the meeting, beginning with the races of May 31.

The book now will include three weeks of races rather than the two weeks formerly offered, and “extras” (races with altered conditions) will be offered to complement the existing practice of “carryovers” (races in the book that did not fill or were not used) on the overnight.

Several new types of conditions also will be offered:

** Optional claiming/third-level allowance races allow horses to forgo a claiming price if they have not won two races other than maiden or claiming in 2012-2013.

** Optional claiming/second-level allowances will allow horses who have not won a race in 2012/2013.

** An optional $75,000/first-level allowance for straight 3-year-olds will be available.

** Nonwinners-of-two and nonwinners-of-three $20,000 claiming and $40,000 claiming races now allow Ontario-sired horses with any number of wins.

“It’s going to be a challenging year to fill races,” said Steve Lym, racing secretary and a director of racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group. “We’re trying to come up with new conditions, races that will fill better.”