TORONTO, August 23, 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.
FINAL ECLIPSE (August 16, Race 4, No. 7, DQ 3rd placed 9th)
In a similar effort to his previous start, Final Eclipse made steady ground from mid-pack looking for a run in the stretch. Interestingly on both occasions, he floated across toward the rail in search of racing room, this time at the mile and an eighth. Final Eclipse closed ground for third but was officially disqualified for interference and relegated to ninth. The winner, Sweepin Hard, took benefit of the pace meltdown, burning past Owen’s Souper Moon, who held on for second, a neck ahead of Final Eclipse. With only three starts under the belt, Final Eclipse appears competitive at this $40,000 claiming level and the step up in route distance has not shown to be a concern. The main issue appears to his greenness, which has cost him a placing in his last two tries. My hunch is that Final Eclipse is sitting on a win.
VOLTAMOUR (August 16, Race 6, No. 3, 5th)
The closing kick put in by first-time starter Voltamour when fifth behind promising three-year-old Lead Director hints at potential. The barn of Dan Vella turned the corner on this day with three wins each at good odds. Voltamour made his run down the center of the track with stablemate Viature, who finished a nose ahead in fourth. At the end of the seven furlongs, there was little between the four horses in behind, chasing the winner. At 31-1 odds in his debut, it was Voltamour who caught the eye by gaining steadily from the tail of the field. By Treasured Beach (GB) out of a Distorted Humor dam, Voltamour may be worth following at a price on the main track or the turf, the latter a surface on which the barn excels from a long sprint to a route.
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