TORONTO, September 10, 2019 – 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.
DISAPPEARING ACT (September 1, Race 6, No. 4, 2nd)
Runner-up in her debut, Disappearing Act put the writing on the wall, closing steadily from off the pace on the E.P. Taylor Turf over six furlongs. The winner, Egyptian Nights, led throughout, showing the benefit of having had two previous starts. After a slow start and being caught behind traffic in upper stretch, Disappearing Act gained visibility a furlong out once switched away from the inside to what may have been the better part of the track. Disappearing Act began to find stride to finish two and a half lengths from the winner, the same exact margin back to third-placed finisher Cool Shadows. By Magician, Disappearing Act looks suited to turf and looks to be a live up-and-coming two-year-old for one of Woodbine’s leading conditioners, Norm McKnight.
RED ASTAIRE (August 28, Race 5, No. 4, 2nd)
On Canadian Millions Night, the second-place effort by supplemental entrant Red Astaire to Rockcrest was gutsy. The 6-1/2 furlong Simcoe Stakes was the two-year-old’s second start of his career and once again he continued to grind out a solid second-place finish. The added half furlong proved telling in that Red Astaire turned the tables on Lakeside Park, who had beaten him in his debut — that runner back in fourth behind beaten favourite Goldmine Cat. Through a :44.1 half-mile, the undefeated Rockcrest blazed a winning trail throughout, opening up a five-length lead that Red Astaire wore down to three in the end. The youngster was doing his best work at the finish and offered up another example of his toughness in deep stretch. Whether or not trainer Julia Carey returns him to the $40,000 optional claiming level or aims higher, Red Astaire looks like an honest campaigner.
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