TORONTO, October 8, 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.
COMPENSATE (September 27, Race 5, No. 1, 2nd)
On grass for the first time in her second start, two-year-old filly Compensate ran almost too well to lose. Taken on every step of the way throughout the 6-1/2 furlongs, no sooner had she put away The Good Witch that she had to contend with Cool Shadows, who had sat an easier trip. Compensate went down fighting, beaten one length by the favourite, the same margin back to Hasn’t Hit Me Yet, another worth keeping an eye on. Compensate had previously debuted for the Mark Casse barn with a third-place finish to Avie’s Samurai. Fifth in that race was La Paquita, who came back to win at the $40,000 optional maiden claimer next out. It may not be necessary for Compensate to run for a tag in order to break the ice given just how much resilience the daughter of Liam’s Map displayed in this turf effort.
BOLD VICTORY (September 29, Race 2, No. 6, 2nd)
After relaxing near the back end of the seven-horse field, it was not until inside the 5/16ths that runner-up Bold Victory began to make a serious bid in hot pursuit of the gate-to-wire winner, Green Growth. The leader had enjoyed an uncontested run in front throughout, bursting four lengths clear at the top of the stretch. Bold Victory was catching Green Growth with every bound, falling short by a neck at the end of the mile and seventy yards. This was the son of Flatter’s first try at a route after a promising second to Malibu Mambo in his debut on the main track at seven furlongs. Bold Victory has been sent off as a short-priced favourite in each of his two starts. Third time may well be the charm for this Mark Casse two-year-old, who looks suitably poised to break the maiden at the allowance level.
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