Thursday Woodbine’s 4th Race is a special $123,200 first weight event for fillies and mares running one and a sixteenth mile on the indoor turf course (start time 6:32 p.m. EDT).
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1 GIO MARIA (6-1) landed the show in both starts at Laurel Park, and those special-weight events were originally slated for grass. His dam Camaria easily earned her second degree in a local all-weather extended sprint in 2016. Her new trainer Michael Doyle is enjoying productive competition and Kazushi Kimura is a quality turf racer. It shows a trio of local works for this engagement.
The No. 6 Swoop to Finish (7-2) adds blinders and might be able to advance and graduate on this grass road. She raced hard from the pace to clinch the spot in her local grass sprint arc last summer, and went to the sidelines after a 5th-place finish as a beaten favorite in an extended grass sprint for the second time. She was likely out for exercise when she returned from an all-weather sprint on April 30, and she drilled a half-mile ball for that June 10. Dam produced a winner on the grass and she is high to go this far.
The No. 5 Gray Society (2-1) completed the trifecta in both all-weather courses and could improve on its second start of the year. Dam threw a turf winner.
No. 2 Mystical Journey (10-1) drifted away from the outside post before fading on his seven-panel debut on an all-weather court on May 15. Curlin’s $200,000 daughter is bred to handle two rounds and both of her mother’s winners have scored on grass.
No. 3 Gav’s Dream Girl (4-1) was competitive in all four synthetic starts and she earned an improved speed rating when she returned home May 21. She doesn’t have the strongest pedigree on grass.
The No. 8 (15-1) retail therapist did just enough in her three synthetic sprints to earn a look at this spot. Tourist is a decent turf sire and his dam has thrown two turf winners.
No. 4 Buttered Toast (8-1) is 0 for 23 with eight minor awards. It is more effective on all terrains.
The #7 Intro (15-1) leaves herself with too much work to do in all of her runs. She managed to rally for the show in an all-weather stake last fall.
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