08/14/2005 11:00PM

Neighbors have big weekend as Carroll, Pierce take stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainers Josie Carroll and Malcolm Pierce share Barn 39 here at Woodbine.

So, perhaps it was appropriate that Carroll and Pierce shared the spotlight here last weekend, winning for the two stakes features and each adding a lucrative allowance that featured stakes-caliber performances.

Carroll capped her weekend by sending out Edenwold to capture Sunday's $159,900 Vandal after watching Estevan score impressively under third-level allowance terms a day earlier.

Pierce sent out Lemon Maid to take Saturday's $165,500 Duchess and came back four races later to click with Elle Runaway in the allowance prep for the Ontario Colleen Handicap.

Edenwold, a 2-year-old colt owned by Jim and Alice Sapara, recorded his second straight stakes win in the Vandal, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-olds, and he seems to be improving with each successive outing.

"It's hard to judge at this point," said Carroll. "He's just a horse who does what he has to do to win, and then he just chills out."

Edenwold, who had captured the open Colin in his previous start, could swing back in the seven-furlong Simcoe, one of six $125,000 yearling sales stakes here Sept. 4

"We're going to look at it," said Carroll. "We have to decide how many races we're going to put into a 2-year-old in the year, maximize which ones to go. Certainly that will be one of the ones we consider."

The fall 2-year-old schedule here includes a pair of $250,000 stakes for Canadian-breds. The Cup and Saucer, at 1 1/16 miles on turf, will be run Oct. 16, and the Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race, goes Nov. 6.

David Clark, who has ridden Edenwold to his last two scores, now has nine stakes winners on the meeting and tops that category in concert with Todd Kabel.

Things looking up for Estevan

Estevan, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt who also races for the Saparas, was a $525,000 yearling who had shown flashes of brilliance in his first two campaigns.

But only recently has Estevan appeared to find his niche, having won his last two starts here, both at a mile on good turf.

"He had some problems last year," said Carroll. "This year we gave him the whole winter off. He was up at Woodlands. We freshened him up, and it seemed to really help him mentally. He came in very happy, very focused on his work."

Estevan will be nominated to the $1 million Atto Mile, a Grade 1 turf race for 3-year-olds and upward that will be run on Sept. 18.

"We may be getting a little ambitious, but certainly, on his last two races, he should be nominated," said Carroll. "We'll see what comes in."

Rubber match eyed in La Lorgnette

Lemon Maid, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly owned by Live Oak Plantation, became the first three-time stakes winner at the meeting by taking the Grade 3, seven-furlong Duchess.

After making a successful debut at Fair Grounds this March, Lemon Maid came here to capture the six-furlong Star Shoot in her first of two meetings with Gold Strike.

The Manitoba-bred Gold Strike turned the tables in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Selene and went on to win the Labatt Woodbine Oaks and finish third in the Queen's Plate on June 26.

Lemon Maid, meanwhile, won the 1 1/16-mile Hill 'n' Dale here June 25 in her start before the Duchess.

"I'd like to run her once more against Gold Strike, have the rubber match," said Pierce.

The $125,000 La Lorgnette, an open 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies here Sept. 24, is on Gold Strike's schedule, and Lemon Maid probably will be nominated.

But Lemon Maid's effort in the Duchess under regular rider Kabel confirmed Pierce's belief that she is at her most effective around one turn.

"I think it was her best race," said Pierce. "I think the distance, that's what she wants to do. She kind of lays off them, and had a heck of a kick from the quarter pole home. I don't think even Todd had felt that before."

Elle Runaway takes control

Elle Runaway, another Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly racing under the Live Oak banner, led throughout under regular rider Emile Ramsammy in the $88,700 Colleen prep at one mile on turf.

"Emile and I had a different plan going into the race," said Pierce. "We were going to sit back and try to finish strong. We forgot to tell the filly - she took it into her own hands and cruised right up there."

Elle Runaway ran well at Fair Grounds this winter, but since returning to Woodbine the filly had sandwiched a pair of subpar allowance efforts around a second-place finish in the Alywow Stakes.

Last Sunday, Elle Runaway had worked five furlongs in a bullet 58.80 seconds on the turf training track.

"I kind of was worried she had done too much in that workout," said Pierce. "But maybe that was just her telling us she's really good right now."

All remaining well, Elle Runaway will be looking for her first stakes win in the $125,000 Ontario Colleen, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies here Sept. 3.

Back to training for Heyahohowdy

Heyahohowdy, a multiple-stakes-winning 6-year-old owned by Kelynack Racing Stable and trained by Abraham Katryan, is back at the track after her first crack at becoming a broodmare proved fruitless.

"She was bred to Woodman, but she didn't catch," said Katryan. "She started back up at the farm about three weeks ago. We'll try to get her going, but it's a little late in the season."

Heyahohowdy had her first recorded workout of the year on Sunday, going five furlongs in 1:01.60 on a soft turf training track.

Ramsammy was aboard for the drill.