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Selections for Woodbine Juvenile Stakes on Sept. 24

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September 23rd, 2022

A pair of grassy black-type races for two-year-olds will highlight the Saturday racing at Woodbine. I will be seeking value in each of the juvenile tilts, which appear to be good betting endeavors.

Race 6 – Victoria Queen S.

Eight two-year-old fillies will go about seven furlongs on the green in a difficult handicapping assignment. I will take a shot with #7 Tito’s Calling (8-1) to post an upset at a nice price from off the pace. The Michael De Paulo pupil has flashed some ability from two career tries and will rally into a contested pace while making her second try on the sod. The April foal gets Lasix for the initial time and a rider change to Emma-Jayne Wilson. The Ontario-bred bay will be doing her best work inside the final furlong.

Wager

$15 win/place/show: #7 Tito’s Calling ($45)

Race 8 – Bull Page S.

Six boys will go postward in the seven-furlong test on the lawn. The Gail Cox-trained #1 Silent Fortune (8-1) outran his 18-1 odds on debut when coming home first in a six-furlong dash on the All-Weather, and I expect the gelding to improve with the surface change on Saturday. By Silent Name, the bay hails from an outfit that does good work with juveniles, and the Ontario-bred is cut out to love the grass, too. The $32,000 weanling purchase shows four useful morning drills in anticipation of his stakes debut and will appreciate the added ground with which to work with under Keveh Nicholls.

I will also include #3 Half to Reload (6-1) for the exotics. Second to the top pick at first asking, the gelded son of Reload graduated in style last time out and shows a pair of positive morning drills since that effort. The move to the lawn is a mystery for the youngster, but the April foal is surely worth an investment at a nice number. Sahin Civaci has the assignment.

Wagers

$10 win and place: #1 Silent Fortune ($20)

$5 exacta box: 1 with 3 ($10)

$2 trifecta: 1 with 3 with all ($8)

$2 trifecta: 1 with all with 3 ($8)

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