07/05/2006 11:00PM

'Bermuda' heads south for Summit


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Local speedball Bermuda Triangle is headed to Florida for next Saturday's $1.9 million Summit of Speed program at Calder.

Trained by Bob Williams and owned by Bob Unruh, Bermuda Triangle will try to be the third consecutive Canadian runner to capture the $50,000 Rocket Man Stakes at two furlongs.

In last year's Summit, Thats the Problem got the gold. The year before it was Pembroke Hall.

"I'm going to ship to Mountaineer and join Thats the Problem on a trailer to Florida," said Williams. "[Thats the Problem] is with Jennifer Johnson at a training center near Mountaineer. He's headed for the Rocket Man too."

Johnson, from Vancouver, trained at Fort Erie in 2004. Last year she made Mountaineer her base.

Thats the Problem came to her barn after he was claimed at Fort Erie Sept. 6. That's the Problem, 4 for 4 here before the claim, has had just one start since, an out-of-the money finish at Mountaineer.

"If Thats the Problem doesn't catch me, I have a good chance of winning," said Williams, who with Bermuda Triangle has captured the only quarter-mile race run here this year for male runners.

Trainer Don MacRae, who had Pembroke Hall for the first Canadian sojourn to the Rocket Man, is in Williams's corner.

"In my opinion Bermuda Triangle is one of the fastest horses I've ever seen," said MacRae.

MacRae believes Canadian runners may have a slight edge because Fort Erie holds the quarter-mile dashes throughout the meet.

Lenny the Lender still going

Owner-trainer Dick Jukosky wasn't unhappy about Lenny the Lender's fifth-place finish in the Daryl Wells Memorial Stakes here last Sunday. The 10-year-old gelding, who has not had a win since 2002, was making his second start of the year.

In his first, Lenny the Lender was badly beaten in an optional claimer at Woodbine. Jukosky didn't know what caused his lack of effort. Was it because Lenny the Lender lost his passion? Or was it because of his distaste for a hard track?

On Sunday, Lenny the Lender stumbled at the break, recovered, and was in contention when he went very wide around the final turn. He fought on to be beaten by a total of five lengths.

"He ran out of trainer at the eighth pole," joked Jukosky. "I'm in uncharted territory. I've never trained an older horse like this.

"He likes the wide sweeping turns at Woodbine. He has trouble with the tighter turns here. But he definitely tried. He's feeling good."

Lenny the Lender, though long winless, has averaged more than $90,000 in earnings the past three years by placing in graded stakes.

King on top

Rob King Jr. rode seven winners the past week to take the top spot in the jockey standings with 29 victories. Now in second, with 24, is Cory Clark. It is the first time King, 42, has headed a rider list since he won back-to-back Sovereign Awards as Canada's top apprentice in 1982 and 1983.

King returned to riding at Woodbine last year after a nine-year training stint. He was grounded in September after a horse kicked him in the paddock.

"I made some trips here last year and loved it," said King. "I just made it a full time thing this year."