10/19/2005 11:00PM

New Kid in Town five-time winner at meet


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Bar shoe and all, New Kid in Town became the only five-time winner at the current Fort Erie meet when he won a $5,000 starter allowance on Tuesday.

Trainer John Simms claimed New Kid in Town for $5,000 during the winter at Tampa Bay Downs and has now raced the 5-year-gelding here 11 times.

"He's a bad-footed horse," said Simms, who has 22 wins at the meet. "Just before we left Tampa we put a bar shoe on his right fore. He accepted it and I think it made him comfortable. He's got confidence; a lot of it is mental."

Simms will winter again at Tampa Bay. He had five wins there in his last stay while getting runners ready for the Canadian racing season. Tampa Bay was the source of two other of his profitable claims, Classy Flower and Disbelief.

"I'm happy with my year," said Simms, who is fourth in the trainer standings here. "It was good financially and in the number of wins."

Brimo finds her niche

New Kid in Town also made jockey Julia Brimo happy. She was aboard for his last two wins.

Brimo hasn't been finding the going easy since she lost her apprentice allowance last year. However, the Woodbine-based rider is picking up momentum with Fort Erie trainers.

"Before, I was just riding horses here that came down from Woodbine," said Brimo. "Now I'm getting clients here."

Brimo has won 11 of her 58 Fort Erie starts, a 19 percent win ratio.

Vintage Year: Wait till next year

Vintage Year, a lopsided winner by 11 1/4 lengths in his debut Oct. 4, has been put away for the year.

"I'm just going to rest him," said Armand Concessi, the breeder, trainer, and owner of Vintage Year, a son of Tethra. "He's not going to Florida or anything. He'll be at Woodbine when it opens [next year].

"He's just growing and getting bigger. I really believe he'll be better as a 3-year-old. I've got big ideas. I've been paying for the Queen's Plate all along. It's a dream."

The dream became more vivid last Sunday when Pyramid Park, another juvenile son of Tethra, pulled off a huge upset, at 53-1, in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer at Woodbine.

Bermuda Triangle breaks through

Bermuda Triangle, who has been knocking on the door, got his first win this year, taking a quarter-mile race on Tuesday.

Bermuda Triangle was second in 4 of his previous 6 starts this year and was third in another, just a nose out of second. He was unplaced once when he stumbled badly leaving the gate.

"We were all set to go the last time," said trainer Bob Williams of a race on Sept. 27, "but they canceled the races. He's been wild and ready to go."

Last year, Bermuda Triangle had 2 wins and 2 seconds in his 4 starts. Bermuda Triangle is the horse that snapped the 10-race win streak of two-furlong specialist Pembroke Hall.

* Post time of the first live race at Fort Erie on Breeders' Cup Day, Oct. 29, is 11:45 a.m. On the final three days of the meet, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, post time for the first race will be 12:15 p.m.