TORONTO, June 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.
PASSIVE (Friday, May 31, Race 7, No. 7, 2nd)
The runner-up finish by three-year-old filly Passive in her first try at Woodbine and her third lifetime appeared game. Chasing a talented repeat winner in H Is Just A Number, Passive stuck to her guns throughout the 6-1/2 furlongs to hold down second despite being unable to match the leader for speed who has captured her three victories in similar front-running style. From the outside gate, Passive bore out after shying at the break and maintained a wide trip in defeat. A daughter of Violence, Passive came to the Stuart Simon barn after two starts. She broke her maiden easily at Northlands Park before a solid second at Sunland Park in a short but useful field. With a Woodbine run now under her belt, expect Passive to be active again at this high allowance optional claiming level, especially if the right pace scenario unfolds for her.
READY AND PERFECT (Saturday, June 1, Race 4, No. 8, 2nd)
If the debut third by Ready and Perfect on the main track was not enough to put the four-year-old on our watch-list, his second-out second at six furlongs on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course certainly was. Despite spotting the leader and eventual winner, Winandyourin Gin, significant ground early, still sitting four and a half lengths off at the half-mile, Ready and Perfect stormed home to miss by a mere head. The filly displayed acuity and turn of foot, zig-zagging through the field under rider Jerome Lermyte. Trainer Roger Attfield and owner Charles Fipke have teamed up with tremendous success over the years and this Kentucky-bred daughter by More Than Ready from a Perfect Soul dam who appears suited to the grass and added distance, looks to be sitting on a win for them.
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