TORONTO, September 12 – 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.
LOOPETY LOO (08-30-17, Race 5, No. 9, 2nd)
While undefeated filly Summer Sunday was long gone on the lead in the Muskoka Stakes with a four length win, Loopety Loo caught the eye with her late closing kick from the back half of the field to finish second. A daughter of Afleet Alex from a Cape Canaveral dam, Loopety Loo was seen doing her best work over the latter stages of the 6-1/2 furlongs, out-running her 29/1 odds. This was merely her second lifetime start, having finished sixth of nine in her two-year-old debut at 5 furlongs to the promising Ardor after having raced wide throughout. Trainer Mark Casse and owner Conrad Farms have enjoyed good success at the meet. Given the improvement shown between starts, Loopety Loo looks to be on track to break through soon.
HIDDEN APPEAL (09-01-17, Race 5, No. 6, 2nd)
For a first-up performance off a significant lay-off over a mile on turf, four-year-old Hidden Appeal gave a game sight with a solid second place finish behind Milwaukee Flash. It had been 14 months since this daughter of Niigon had previously raced when sixth in a maiden special weight after a closing fifth for a $50,000 tag in her debut. Hidden Appeal, a 7/1 shot, raced on the lead in her return, yielding to the winner down the stretch, a length and a quarter clear of the favourite Boo, in third. Hidden Appeal is comfortable on the turf and has shown versatility in her running style. She proved competitive for the $25,000 tag and with a run under her belt, trainer Kevin Attard may be able to find a soft enough spot for her to break maiden status next out.
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