08/04/2012 12:46PM

Fort Erie: Jeffrey Armin tries to stretch speed six furlongs


FORT ERIE, Ontario – Jeffrey Armin, perfect in three starts at five or 5 1/2 furlongs at the Fort Erie meeting, looks like the speed of the speed in Monday’s featured Bob Summers Memorial Cup.

The Summers Memorial Cup honors the late sports writer and columnist for the Buffalo News, who spent many years covering the Thoroughbreds here and at Woodbine.

Nine runners will go to post in the six-furlong Summers Memorial, which offers a purse of $30,000 and is restricted to 3-year-olds and upward who have started at least twice at the 2012 Fort Erie meeting.

Jeffrey Armin, a 4-year-old gelding who is owned by Frank Cirillo and trained by Martin Drexler, will have regular rider Kirk Johnson in the saddle as he looks for his first win traveling as far as six furlongs.

His opponents include Mountain Echo, a 6-year-old mare who will take on the boys and who could very well show them the way home.

Mountain Echo, trained by Richard Davis, has won 11 of 44 lifetime starts and sports of record of 6 for 8 at Fort Erie, with wins in her three appearances at the current meeting, including last month’s six-furlong Princess Cup for fillies and mares.

Melanie Pinto retains the mount on Mountain Echo.

Another interesting contender is Whispered Legend, a 4-year-old gelding who has improved by leaps and bounds this season under the training of Conrad Belaire.

Whispered Legend recently romped gate to wire here on the turf and three starts back did the same on the dirt surface, winning by 13 1/2 lengths.

Regular rider Matt Moore again comes in from Woodbine for the mount.

Also meriting respect is Big Brother Joe, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Tony Adamo who has tracking speed and will be looking for his fifth straight win at the meeting.

Terry Husbands replaces Kirk Johnson, who is sticking with Jeffrey Armin.

Toccet Man, a 3-year-old gelding trained by John Simms, has been working up a storm preparing for this race.

Martin Ramirez will be in the saddle aboard Toccet Man, who has won each of his two starts at the Fort.

◗ Monday’s 12-race card will begin with three Quarter Horse races, including the $35,000 Peace Bridge Stakes at 870 yards.

The fourth race, the $35,000 Battle of the Breeds Summer Challenges, attracted nine entrants, with Mi Playa the lone Thoroughbred representative in the two-furlong dash