TORONTO, July 18 – Each week, track announcer Robert Geller will comment on some of the performances that caught his eye, highlighting horses to key on in upcoming races at Woodbine. Follow Robert on Twitter @WoodbineGeller for more insights on racing at Woodbine.
In a flying debut effort, Water Polo led every step but at the wire when nabbed by Eskiminzin in a thrilling finish to the 5f maiden special weight. Since this youngster is possessed with natural speed, now is the time to dive in before the distances get longer. Third placed finisher Legal Gump gives us some measure of the quality of the opposition given he has been runner-up to Flameaway on tapeta and Sly Beauty on turf. Water Polo showed an ability to handle early pace pressure, displayed a nice turn of foot at the head of the lane and went down grudgingly. Sent off at 12/1 odds, Water Polo was thrown in at the deep end and was in the swim of things the whole way. Given the success of trainer Laurie Silvera at the meet, bettors are likely to take the plunge on Water Polo next time out.
In a field of newcomers, runner-up Ardor rallied well along the rail at the turn for home to be beaten a length by the strongly touted gate-to-wire winner Moka Latte, drawing clear of her other opponents. For a stride or two inside the 5/16ths, it appeared that Ardor may be dropping out but began to find stride down the stretch looking comfortable at the end of the 5f maiden special weight. Racing in the silks of Casner Racing LP for out of town trainer Eoin Harty, it will be interesting to see where this daughter of Prospective from a Tale of the Cat dam, next appears. That first out effort at Woodbine should stand Ardor in good stead for her next maiden breaking attempt.