06/15/2013 1:44PM

Finger Lakes: Sentimental Lass hits crossroads in Tuesday allowance

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Sentimental Lass, shown winning the Maid of the Mist in the fall of 2010, will look to regain her confidence in a six-furlong allowance for New York-bred fillies and mares at Finger Lakes.

It’s time for Sentimental Lass to show whether she still wants to race or would be better off beginning a new career as a broodmare.

Unable to regain the form that made her the winner of a $100,000 stakes as a 2-year-old and the runner-up to 2010 juvenile filly champion Awesome Feather in a minor stakes in 2011, the now-5-year-old Sentimental Lass looks to win her first race in nearly two years in Tuesday’s $25,000 allowance feature at Finger Lakes.

The six-furlong sprint is a third-level allowance restricted to New York-bred fillies and mares. It represents a distinct drop in class for Sentimental Lass after three dull efforts during the winter and spring against open company at Aqueduct and Belmont.

Trainer Jim Bond said he’s hopeful that the road trip to Finger Lakes can restore Sentimental Lass’s confidence and rekindle her enthusiasm for racing.

“She’s got to improve and show some desire,” Bond said. “At this point, she’s fit, and she’s sound. I’m hoping the class relief helps. She knows how to run. It’s time to turn the bulb back on. If not, we’ve got to think about turning her into a broodmare.”

As a 2-year-old, Sentimental Lass won two of her first three starts, highlighted by a wire-to-wire victory in the seven-furlong Maid of the Mist at Belmont Park. A year later, she finished second to the unbeaten Awesome Feather in an overnight stakes at Belmont. A knee injury then cost Sentimental Lass all of her 4-year-old season, and she changed barns from David Duggan to Bond.

“We turned her out for a full year and when she came back this past winter, she was pretty much out of conditions for New York-breds, unless I wanted to run her in a stakes,” Bond said. “Now we’re giving her some class relief. She fits with this group.”

Bond also is putting blinkers on Sentimental Lass for the first time since she won a second-level optional $25,000 claimer at Belmont in July 2011, her most recent victory. In contrast to a pair of half-mile bullets Sentimental Lass recorded in May at Belmont, her two most recent four-furlong breezes on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga were much slower at 51.60 and 49.00 seconds.

“That was by design,” Bond said. “She was doing too much in the mornings. We put her on the Oklahoma training track, which is a little deeper and more forgiving.”

The stiffest competition Sentimental Lass will face from five rivals Tuesday will come from Ecoach, a 5-year-old mare from the barn of leading trainer Chris Englehart. Ecoach will be seeking her third straight win of the meet after winning her first two starts of 2013 by a combined margin of 13 3/4 lengths.