TORONTO, June 6 – 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.
ALLIED INSTIGATOR (05-27-17 Race 10 No 2 5th)
The odd thing about Allied Instigator is that in his nine career starts, his best form has come on turf in the clockwise direction – remember those? His recent fifth placed finish was his first try going in the so-called “right” direction but things started off on the “wrong” footing with a tardy break before being tightened for room around the first turn. Down the stretch, Allied Instigator rallied from the back of the field for a creditable fifth behind Titanico at the end of the 6f. Trainer Blair Miller is likely to continue to point the 5YO to similar races at this level on the grass. With any luck Allied Instigator is the type of horse to add value to your exotics at a price.
LEOPARD CAT (05-31-17 Race 2 No 8 4th)
On a night where speed was dominant, the fourth placed finish by Leopard Cat was better than it may have looked. Nestled at the tail of the field until the top of the home stretch, this was the first Woodbine start for the 3YO who had previously campaigned with some success at Gulfstream Park after a Belmont debut. Leopard Cat made up the most ground of any runner in his recent mile try, closing on the top trio that ran 1-2-3 virtually throughout, Court Savvy booting clear to score. In the barn of Kevin Attard that has been hot on the turf, Leopard Cat is likely to appreciate even more distance. With merely five career starts, all that Leopard Cat may need is a track where speed is no longer king in order for him to bounce back from his last out fourth when beaten favourite.