09/28/2009 11:00PM

50-1 shot launches rare three-win day for Cox


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Gail Cox already had been enjoying a career year, mainly due to the emergence of Simply Splendid as a solid stakes performer.

But Cox put the icing on her cake here at Woodbine last Saturday when she sent out Jesters Jazz, Gladwyne, and Tierra del Tigre and greeted each one back in the winner's circle.

"I don't know if I've even run three in a day before, let alone won three," said Cox. "It's pretty exciting."

Jesters Jazz, a homebred 2-year-old filly owned by Craig Cameron, was making her first career start in a six-furlong Ontario-sired maiden special and rallied from off the pace to score by 1 1/2 lengths for a $104.70 payoff under jockey Tyler Pizarro.

"I would have thought she'd need her first start, but she shouldn't have been 50-1," said Cox.

"I was quite impressed with her race. Farther along, there's a two-turn Ontario-sired stakes here. She might like the distance, the way she ran."

That restricted stakes for 2-year-old fillies is the $125,000 South Ocean, at 1 1/16 miles here Nov. 11.

Gladwyne, a 4-year-old gelding who came from well back to score in a $25,000 claiming race for nonwinners-of-two, was the second starter and winner on Saturday's program for Cox, who also was the co-owner along with John Menary.

"I thought he'd run well, in that spot," said Cox.

So did others, apparently, as Gladwyne returned $7.70 as Pizarro's fourth winner on the card and was claimed by trainer Abraham Katryan for owner Carlo d'Amato.

Cox completed the late double and her personal triple by taking the nightcap with Tierra del Tigre.

A Kentucky-bred 3-year-old colt owned by Susan Foreman, Tierra del Tigre stalked the pace and came on late to score by three-quarters of a length for an $11 payoff under jockey Patrick Husbands.

"In his last race, he was rank," said Cox. "We took the blinkers off. I think it really relaxed him."

Tierra del Tigre's score brought Cox's record for the season to 8-7-7 for earnings of $431,243 from 46 starters.

Operating with a small stable, also under her previous guises as Gail Casselman and Gail Casselman-Cox, the trainer's previous highs had been 5 wins and $390,000 in earnings.

Simply Splendid earns a vacation

Simply Splendid, a 4-year-old filly owned by Cox and Menary, blossomed this year with three consecutive wins, including the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too.

She then stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the Belle Mahone, where she fell just a neck short of upsetting Canadian champion Ginger Brew, and then was flying late to finish second behind Tribal Belle in the Grade 3 Seaway at seven furlongs.

On the season, Simply Splendid has compiled a record of 3-2-1 from 7 starts for earnings of $242,239. And, Cox will not be looking to add to those numbers through the balance of this meeting.

"She's going to have a little break," said Cox. "She's run seven tough races - last year, she only ran twice. I'd like to have her for next year, and you can only go to the well so many times.

"Maybe she'll have a little winter campaign."

Cox spends her winters at Payson Park in Florida, and shipped Simply Splendid down to Gulfstream Park for one start this past March.

Keino West may run once more

Trainer Steve Attard, who also is enjoying a solid season, accomplished one of his unreached objectives last Saturday by getting Keino West to the winner's circle.

Keino West, a 3-year-old gelding, defeated a good group of older rivals in a first-level allowance over 1 1/8 miles of turf in his ninth start of the season.

His first eight starts had included six stakes, including all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown.

"I thought that race was really tough," said Attard, who had watched Keino West come from off the pace to score by two lengths under Jim McAleney. "I thought he handled himself well."

Keino West had come into Saturday's race off a second-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Elgin, a yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings, and could have another stakes on his agenda this fall.

"I might give him a month of so off. He's had a hard campaign," said Attard. "But, we'll keep the Valedictory in mind."

The $150,000 Valedictory, a 1 3/4-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, will be the feature on the closing-day program here Dec. 6.

Kudostoyou responds to route

Attard also has high hopes for Kudostoyou, a 2-year-old who won his maiden when stretching out to a mile and 70 yards for his third career start here Sunday.

Kudostoyou, an Ontario-sired gelding, had finished 10th in both a restricted six-furlong maiden race and in the seven-furlong Simcoe, a yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings.

"In his first start he was checked, made a huge move, and flattened out," said Attard. "Then I made a mistake, running him back in the yearling sales stake.

"We've been trying to teach him to relax. I thought he'd run huge, going long."

Saskawea attempts to rebound

Attard will be looking for Saskawea to get back on track in Saturday's $100,000 Avowal, a seven-furlong overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares.

Saskawea won the Zadracarta over six furlong of turf in her second start of the season but then was a beaten favorite in three consecutive turf stakes.

A homebred 4-year-old who races for Beclawat Stable, Saskawea was right there on each of those occasions, however, as she was beaten a neck as the runner-up in the 6 1/2-furlong Repercussion, a length as the fourth-place finisher in the six-furlong Royal North, and three-quarters of a length when third in the seven-furlong Belle Geste.

Moved to the main track for her last start, Saskawea tracked the pace of Tribal Belle before weakening to finish last of eight in the Seaway.

"The last time we tried to rate her, and I think it might have been a mistake," said Attard. "You have to let her do what she wants to do."

* Beginning this weekend and continuing through Oct. 25, Woodbine will be guaranteeing a $50,000 pool for its early pick four each Saturday and Sunday. The early pick four begins with the fourth race.