08/20/2004 12:00AM

My Lordship sent to New York


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - My Lordship, who won her first four starts, all at Woodbine, before finishing third last Saturday, has been transferred from trainer Malcolm Pierce here to Bill Mott in New York.

My Lordship, a Kentucky-bred, had limited opportunities here, and the tentative plan calls for her to appear in Belmont's Grade 1, $250,000 Gazelle, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies on Sept. 11.

Owned and bred by Live Oak Plantation, My Lordship won her first two starts at 2, at seven furlongs on Nov. 1 and 1 1/16 miles three weeks later.

My Lordship ran her winning streak to three in her 3-year-old debut, scoring at six furlongs on turf June 18, and remained perfect with an impressive win in the Hill 'n' Dale at 1 1/16 miles on the main track July 3.

Even after the Hill 'n' Dale, Pierce believed My Lordship's future was on turf, and he planned to run her in the Lake George at 1 1/16 miles on grass at Saratoga on Aug. 2.

But My Lordship came up with some mucus in her lungs following a workout, and her next stakes target became the $125,000 Ontario Colleen, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies here Sept. 4.

That plan was scrapped, however, after My Lordship suffered her first defeat in the one-mile turf prep for the Colleen, where she was beaten three lengths as the odds-on choice.

"I don't think I've ever been so wrong about a horse," said Pierce. "I thought she'd move up 10 lengths on the grass the other day. She ran her race; she had no excuse. She needs to go back on dirt."

Mona Rose to ship for Ballston Spa

Mona Rose also is scheduled to head to New York, but for a very different reason.

Her destination is Saratoga, for the Aug. 30 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap, and Mona Rose will be going in search of a turf opportunity that has eluded her here recently.

The Ballston Spa, at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, is a Grade 3, $100,000 race for fillies and mares.

Mona Rose, a 4-year-old owned and bred by Paul and Frank O'Brien and trained by Earl Barnett, is 3 for 3 this year. She became a stakes winner last time out in the Dance Smartly, at 1 1/8 miles on yielding turf.

Barnett entered Mona Rose in a fourth-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf here Aug. 13, but she was a late scratch when the race was switched to the main track.

"It looked like a good spot," said Barnett. "I'd wanted to get her a race, keep her honed."

Barnett obtained special permission to work Mona Rose over the E.P. Taylor turf course here Thursday and watched the filly breeze seven furlongs in 1:26.80 under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, who has the call for the Ballston Spa.

"She kind of got lost a little bit," said Barnett. "She was all by herself out there. For the first eighth of a mile, she was looking around. But then she started leveling out good. She went her last three-quarters strong, and galloped out good."

Soaring Free highweight for Play the King

Soaring Free has been assigned top weight of 126 pounds for next Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Play the King Handicap, a seven-furlong turf race that should serve as his final tune-up for the $1 million Atto Mile here Sept. 19.

Owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, Soaring Free captured last year's Play the King as the 121-pound highweight and then finished a strong second behind California invader Touch of the Blues in the Grade 1 Atto Mile.

Soaring Free, a 5-year-old gelding, would bring a three-race winning streak into the Play the King. Last time out he carried 126 pounds while registering a 2 1/4-length victory in the Ontario Jockey Club, an allowance stakes here at seven furlongs on turf.

Super Case, a 4-year-old colt who carried 118 pounds as the runner-up in the OJC in his stakes debut, has been assigned 114 pounds for the Play the King and should be in the lineup.

Other local candidates for the Play the King include Chris's Bad Boy, who would get in with 119 pounds, and Dancin Joey, 116.

Twisted Wit works ahead of Kenora

Twisted Wit breezed five furlongs in 58.80 seconds, the quickest of 37 workouts at the distance on a fast main track here Friday.

Jockey Steven Bahen was in the irons for the drill, Twisted Wit's final major tune-up for the six-furlong Kenora, a race for 3-year-olds and upward that is one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes on the Sept. 5 program here.

"He's in good order," said Bob Tiller, who trains Twisted Wit for Rolph Davis. "I would think he'd be salty in there."

Twisted Wit won the seven-furlong Simcoe, the yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings, here last September. This year, Twisted Wit has scored impressively when facing his peers in the seven-furlong Queenston and six-furlong Achievement.

Most recently, the gelding finished second to older rival I'm the Tiger in the 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture here July 11.

* Sunday will be "British Isles Day" at Woodbine with representative music, food and drink featured. There also will be a drawing for a trip for two to England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales.