TORONTO, June 12, 2018 – Each week, track announcer Robert Geller comments on some of the performances that caught his eye, highlighting horses to key in on for upcoming races at Woodbine.
KATIE BABY (Sunday, May 27 – Race 9, No. 6, 2nd)
In what felt like a stop-start performance in which she lost some momentum off the turn, newcomer Katie Baby appeared to be getting the hang of things late in the stretch, flying home at the end of six furlongs to nose out Luvutothemoonnback for second, missing out by a mere head to Yangtze Delta, the winner having stolen a bit of break at the top of the lane. This nicely bred three-year-old for Anderson Farms, a daughter of Curlin from a Vindication dam, was pinched back at the break but proved resilient with her strong closing kick. With that race under her belt and the prospect of a more forward position in the run next time out, it would not take much improvement for Katie Baby to atone for that defeat.
YOU’RE MINE (Sunday, June 2 – Race 3, No. 1, 2nd)
In her first race back off the lay-off, lightly raced four-year-old, You’re Mine, powered home from the back of the field of six to place second at the mile on turf to Liberty Kitten. Sent out as the fourth pick against a mix of well-touted shippers and older runners, You’re Mine broke last but made up decent ground off slow initial fractions of :25.2 and :49, proving herself a fit at this allowance optional claiming level ($62,500). You’re Mine has hit the board in each of her six starts, her two wins both on Tapeta at a mile and a sixteenth, yet with three solid in-the-money finishes on turf. Trainer Malcolm Pierce has options with his hard-trying filly, adept on both surfaces. An honest performer with a reliable closing kick, there is no reason why You’re Mine will not continue to be a reliable across-the-board play this campaign.
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