10/05/2012 12:53PM

Fort Erie: Time Sharing looks to go right to the front in Cup race

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FORT ERIE, Ontario – Time Sharing, a winner of two recent sprints here including the $60,000 Ernie Samuel Memorial, looks like the one to catch here in Sunday’s Queen of Fort Erie Cup.

The 6 1/2-furlong Queen of Fort Erie is for fillies and mares, Ontario-sired, who have started at the Fort at least three times in 2012.

The $30,000 Queen of Fort Erie Cup has drawn a field of seven, and many of them are known for their speed.

Time Sharing, trained by Tony Adamo, could be a step or two faster out of the gate than the other quick ones, so expect this 6-year-old to set the pace.

Owned by James Schlehr, Time Sharing will once again have his regular Fort Erie pilot and leading rider at the border oval, Terry Husbands, in the saddle.

Tree Pose, a 4-year-old trained by Julie Robillard and owned by Six Brothers Stable, has drawn the inside post and will have the Fort’s second-leading rider, Kirk Johnson, aboard for the third straight time.

Tree Pose has been raced sparingly over her career, with just two races last season and four outings as a 2-year-old in 2010. She is bound to force the issue with Time Sharing.

In her 2-year-old season, Tree Pose won 2 of her 4 races, including the $127,000 Nandi Stakes at Woodbine, and posted Beyer Speed Figures in the mid-70s.

Tree Pose’s race here Aug. 12, a $17,000 allowance test, had her back to the top of her game, as she won at 6 1/2 furlongs, posting an 81 Beyer Speed Figure.

Rounding out the top three contenders for this Cup race is Molinaro Rush.

A 4-year-old trained by Ravendra Raghunath and owned by Molinaro Stable, Molinaro Rush will have Martin Ramirez in the saddle.

A winner of 2 of 9 races in 2012, she has been game in many of her starts. If the top two waver, then Molinaro Rush could be around to take home a major share of the spoils.

◗ The Thanksgiving Day Monday feature here will be the $30,000 Longshots Cup, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies who have started at least once at the meeting.

◗ Quarter Horse racing continues this week with cards on Wednesday and Saturday beginning at 1:15 p.m.

◗ Terry Husbands recorded his second five-win day of the meeting here Monday and has now turned the jockey race here into a runaway with 75 winners heading into the weekend’s action.

◗ Fort Erie’s application to remove Saturday, Oct. 27, from its live schedule has been approved by the Ontario Racing Commissin. Fort Erie had cited a declining horse population as the main reason for the request. Racing had been scheduled for four straight days, through Oct. 30, for the final week of the meeting.