TORONTO, June 14, 2020 – Track announcer Robert Geller comments on some of the performances that caught his eye in this regular segment, highlighting horses to key in on for upcoming races at Woodbine.
HELLO FRIENDS (June 6, Race 5, No. 2, 4th)
Nothing wrong with stating the obvious, as in the case of Hello Friends, who caught the eye with an unlucky fourth in a four-horse blanket finish over five furlongs. The winner of the $40,000 maiden claimer, Sterling Speed, narrowly held off a late charge from Society’s Story with Spanish Ballerina on the rail, clinging to third. Into the stretch, Hello Friends angled to switch paths to the center and was compromised in deep stretch when steadied behind the winner, forced to take up and break momentum. An uninterrupted path may well have yielded a win. The lightly raced four-year-old filly by Court Vision continues to show promise and looks dangerous next time out for the barn of John Le Blanc Jr., especially over extra ground.
LOOKIN’ FLY (June 7, Race 10, No. 5, 4th)
Not only did first-time starter Lookin’ Fly outrun his odds of 26-1 with a deep closing fourth in his debut to dominant winner and race favourite All Inclusive, but the son of Lookin At Lucky appeared a picture of health on the track despite a string of slow works. A well-bred three-year-old, Lookin’ Fly was seen doing his best work at the end of the 6-1/2 furlongs in a race in which conditions brought together open and Ontario-breds at the $25,000 and $40,000 levels, respectively. Even though there was little shift to position among the top three, the Kentucky-bred was catching steady ground on the second and third-place finishers, Lookout Louie and The Newfie Express. The barn of David Cotey has a habit of producing upsets every now and again so it may well be worth keeping an eye out for Lookin’ Fly as an across the board play at a price.
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