09/08/2002 11:00PM

Calista of the U.S. takes Canadian


Calista continued the run of success by U.S. invaders, capturing the Grade 2, $284,250 at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Benefiting from a good trip under Corey Nakatani, Calista settled nicely to stalk the pace early and then surged to the front in midstretch. But Calista just managed to fend off a furious rally by Diadella, who came up a nose short.

"I was just really patient with her," said Nakatani. "When I called on her she quickened away from them, and held on."

Diadella, caught in traffic on the backstretch, trailed the field around the final turn but found a seam in early stretch and just missed.

Calista, a slight favorite, returned $4.90 and keyed a $9.60 exacta with second-choice Diadella.

Lush Soldier finished three lengths back in third, completing a $69.20 trifecta with Silver Nithi, Ghazirella, Soundtrack, Noble Strike, and Caught Out completing the order of finish.

Calista, trained in New York by Christophe Clement but saddled here by assistant trainer Nicholas Bachalard, came into the Canadian off a smart score in the Aug. 4 Spicy Living Handicap at Rockingham Park.

Owned by the Estate of Gerald Leigh, Calista earned $168,750 to bring her career bankroll to $369,234 from a record of six wins and four seconds from 12 starts.

New York invader 'Lismore' takes Summer

Favored New York invader Lismore Knight put away a game Wando in the final strides to capture the Grade 2 for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Sunday.

Lismore Knight stalked the pace under Pat Day, as My Boy Kyle and Natchez dueled through fractions of 22.55 seconds and 45.48 in the one-mile turf event. Day checked Lismore Knight early on the turn, but got him back on track for the stretch run, and he came inside Wando in the final furlong to prevail by a head in a time of 1:35.33.

"He wasn't real quick early," said Day. "He started to get his feet under him after the first half-mile, but then we got pinched back a little into the turn. I thought that might have discouraged him, but it didn't. We bided our time coming off the turn until we found a seam, and when I called on him, he responded very gamely. [Wando] made a real race of it."

Lismore Knight ($5) earned $174,750 of the $291,250 purse for owners J.J. Pletcher and Barry Simon. A son of Woodman, he is trained by Todd Pletcher.

Walls of Jericho rallied to finish 6 1/2 lengths back in third in the 11-horse field. Stroll was scratched.

- additional reporting by Bill Tallon