By Jennifer Morrison
Friday’s Best Bet: 4 – SMOKIN CHLOE – Race 4
Friday’s Longshot Play: 3 – CHROME’S ANGEL – Race 1
RACE 1: 4 – CANADIANSWEETHEART; 3 – CHROME’S ANGEL; 7 – CELTIC REVIVAL; 6- TOO MUCH VINO
She has four wins in succession dating back to November and a solid victory in her return to Woodbine on opening day – ‘Sweetheart’ is tough to go past as she comes back at the same level. I like the way Chrome’s Angel has been working from a time standpoint.
RACE 2: b4 – JAB; 5- HIGH TREASON; 3 – TRILLING SONG; 8- DIOSA CATRINA
I picked the Everatt family’s Jab in her season opener but the 5 furlongs proved to be a bit cramped. Now she gets to move out to 7 furlongs (although that might be a bit far for her). High Treason is dropping in class for her season debut.
RACE 3: 2 – SHE MAKES A POINT; 4 – ME AND MY SHADOW; 6- LADY BREW; 5 – GAYELETTE
The workout times for She Makes a Point are very strong and she beat a workmate (who is in this race) handily in a big move recently. The Catheine Day Phillips barn already has a win at the meeting. Three-year-old Me and My Shadow meets older gals but she was stakes placed twice last fall4= for Mark Casse and under jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson.
RACE 4: 4- SMOKIN CHLOE; 2- ARUBA (IRE); 1 – DOMER ALLURE; 8 – MAP
The first leg of the Pick 4 is a wide open maiden race at 7 furlongs. I am siding with Smokin Chlose, who ran well enough in her career debut on Dec. 1 to warrant her a long look Grey filly was co-bred by trainer Denyse McClachrie. First time starter Aruba was a $97,000 (US_) yearLing in Ireland but bought back for $30,000 this past January at Keeneland.
RACE 5: 4- HEAT MERCHANT; 3 – MR NARCISISSTIC; 7- BOXER BRIEF; SOUPER RUSH
Top South African jockey Ryan Munger makes his North American./Canadian debut aboard Heat Merchant for the shrewd Krcmar barn.
RACE 6: 2- TACHYON SPEED; 9- YOU GOTTA BE; 8 – UNIFIED FRONT; 6 – GENEVA
This is a maiden race at 6 furlongs and TACHYON SPEED was second in her first outing on Tapeta last fall in a solid effort. She gets the slight nod. Beginner You Gotta Be is a Curlin filly who cost a lot more than the $40,000 claiming price she debuts for and Unified Front debuted almost 2 years ago for trainer Mark Casse and has been brought back with Lasix and blinkers added.
RACE 7: 3- GAMBLE’S SILVER; 4- SPIDER BELLE; 7- SPEED TRAP; 6 – STARLIGHT RIDE
Ivan Dalos’ grey mare GAMBLE’S SILVER has in the top two placings in five of her six races last year and won her season finale impressively. She has more early speed that her rivals. Spider Belle was winter raced and will be closing in the late stages.
RACE 8: 6- ROYAL BLUSH; 5 – SOUPER SINCLAIR; 2- TARA LUNA; 4- FORTYFIVESEVENTY
A mixed bag of 3 and 4 -year-old fillies travel 7 furlongs and winter raced ROYAL BLUSH looks like a goo fit in her first race for trainer Kevin Attard. Three-year-olds Souper Sinclair and Fortyfiveseventy can be factors.