10/13/2010 1:35PM

Major Momentum looks tough in local bow


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Maryland-based trainer Steve Klesaris has compiled solid numbers at Woodbine this year, from a limited number of starters. He appears to have the one to beat in Friday’s headliner, Major Momentum, who makes his local debut over six furlongs in the $62,500 claimer for 3-year-olds.

Major Momentum has won three times in five starts the year. He graduated over a sloppy track early at the Gulfstream meet in January but wasn’t an impact player there in a subsequent allowance on the grass.

Major Momentum took both of his outings this summer in allowance company on the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs. He earned an 86 Beyer Speed Figure while beating nonwinners-of-two opposition July 10 and then got a 95 Beyer in a four-length tally over nonwinners-of-three stock Aug. 13. Two runners have exited the latter event to score, including Silver Summation, who won a first-level allowance at Hoosier.

Major Momentum will be ridden by Patrick Husbands, who has two wins from five mounts at the meet for Klesaris.

Kirkland Lake has won four of seven appearances this year, which includes a triumph in a six-furlong sprint at this level July 24. Nearly six weeks after coming up empty in an optional claimer on the grass on Aug. 14, he captured a $32,000 claimer with ease on Polytrack, receiving an 85 Beyer.

Gerry Olguin has the mount on Kirkland Lake for trainer Scott Fairlie, who sent out Milwaukee Appeal to finish a close second last Sunday in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.

Trelawny graduated in his eighth start in a six-furlong maiden special that was taken off the turf July 28. He came right back to win another six-furlong sprint on Polytrack, which was against $62,500 claimers.

Trelawny has breezed a bullet half-mile since his lackluster effort in a seven-furlong allowance on the grass Sept. 10, from which victorious Don Cavallo exited to land an optional claimer.

Trelawny has one of the most successful trainer-rider combos at the meet, apprentice Omar Moreno and trainer Laurie Silvera.

Settle the Score checked in second to Kirkland Lake after surrendering the lead in the stretch when he competed with a $60,000 tag July 24. He was a flat fourth in his only start since then on Aug. 25, when he benefited from an outside bias.

Rounding out the field is Carbon Footprint, who only got a 70 Beyer for winning his maiden in his last start.