TORONTO, May 23 – 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.
His first-up run on the Wednesday night over 5f turned into the proverbial troubled trip. Lunar Light finished an unlucky third behind the evergreen Gentleman Jackson and honest Executive Five after having been caught behind the leaders the length of the stretch. With a late dive toward an opening near the rail, it was apparent that Lunar Light still had plenty of run in him. On the strength of this performance, chances are he could hand trainer Norm McKnight a rapid return on his investment, having claimed the 7YO for his principle owner Bruno Shickedanz. Lunar Light last scored around 11 months ago over the extended sprint distance of 6-1/2f. With added fitness and an ounce more racing luck, he looks on target to rediscover his winning ways.
In his debut, 3-Y-O Coleyville was all at sea early after a tardy break yet came running from the tail end of the field for a deep closing third. The winner, Tale of Ronin looped the field from a little worse than mid-pack to down Rayready who had stalked. By the time this newcomer seemed to be getting the hang of things, the race was beyond reach. Nevertheless, Coleyville finished with a head of steam at the end of the 6-1/2f, still accounting for all of the older rivals, Running for a higher end $32,000 tag, Coleyville is by the talented Paddy O’Prado who ran 3rd in the 2010 Kentucky Derby and tasted success in the G1 Secretariat Stks on turf going long, affording trainer Cary Brooks some wiggle room when it comes to placement next out.