TORONTO, October 25, 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.
TICKLE HER TOE (October 10, Race 6, No. 1, 4th)
First-time starter Tickle Her Toe ran on well in her debut fourth-place finish on the inner turf over five furlongs, gaining steadily down the stretch. The winner, Bless and Honor, took over late to defeat pacemaker Silenzio by a head with well-supported newcomer Jungle Goddess a further head away third. Tickle Her Toe wound up only a length behind the top three who, like her, were all in their first career start. From the rail, Tickle Her Toe was bumped away from the gate, dipping to the tail-end early before taken two and three deep to commence her run, making up good ground to the wire. Sent off around 7-1 in the betting, Tickle Her Toe put the writing on the wall for trainer Michelle Love and should be competitive in an Ontario-bred $40,000 claimer on the grass, especially with any step up in distance.
SKY OF DREAMS (October 22, Race 6, No. 6, 3rd)
Turned out beautifully by the barn of Terry Brooker, 42-1 longshot Sky of Dreams did best of the four first-time starters in her debut start when a sharp third to race favourite Meet the Soprano, who pulled clear of Musical Ride in deep stretch at the end of 6-1/2 furlongs. Sky of Dreams settled last early before slicing up the rail to move into a threatening third into the stretch before the top pair pulled away late to beaten a length and a neck, a massive six lengths back to Shez a Sealy in fourth. It was her acceleration that caught eye and the Ontario-bred filly looks competitive at the $40,000 claiming tag for owner Joey Gee Thoroughbreds. There is nothing like one out to get the hang of things and with a solid third under her belt over the main track, Sky of Dreams has the look of a coming winner.
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