05/10/2013 12:16PM

Presque Isle Downs: Cor Cor out to run and gun in Inaugural


Cor Cor will try to return to her winning ways while attempting to wire the field of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Inaugural at Presque Isle Downs on Sunday.

Trained by Joan Scott, Cor Cor has led for the first half-mile in all five of her starts, winning four of them. In her maiden debut Oct. 12 of last year, this daughter Smoke Glacken won by nearly three lengths at Keeneland. In her next out, Dec. 1 at Tampa, she won the Sandpiper before finishing second in the Grade 3 Old Hat at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 1. That six-furlong event was the only time time that Cor Cor has been headed in her five-race career.

Scott then took Cor Cor to Fair Grounds, where she won the Battle of New Orleans going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf by more than four lengths. In her most recent outing, Cor Cor won the OBS Sprint at the Ocala Training Center March 11 by nearly five lengths and was never challenged. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 91, nine points higher than any of the other 10 entrants in the field for the Inaugural. The OBS Sprint was run at the same six-furlong distance as the Inaugural.

There is an abundance of early speed in the Inaugural, a fact not wasted on Scott.

“She is a talented, one-dimensional filly. What can you do but hope for the best?” Scott said.

Cor Cor has won both her starts over synthetic surfaces, but Scott is not ready to call her a synthetic specialist.

“She has run great on everything,” Scott said. “I don’t know that it matters. I just hope she likes the Tapeta surface.”

Scott has a few ideas where she will run Cor Cor next, but is keeping them to herself for now.

“I have a few ideas, but let’s get through this and we will decide.”

Scott Spieth retains the mount.

Gold Edge has won three of four lifetime starts, including the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie going a mile Sept. 8 of last year. It was the third consecutive victory for the chestnut filly before a dismal performance in the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland on Oct. 5, her final outing of 2012. With an abundance of early speed in the Inaugural, her come-from-off-the-pace style and the shorter distance should suit her well. Gold Edge is trained by Wayne Catalano and will be ridden by Rodney Soodeen.

Lenian is another filly who has shown an ability to come from off the pace. In her final race of 2012, she won the $155,000 Glorious Song at Woodbine by a length after falling behind by nearly 10 lengths early. Luis Contreras will ride for trainer Josie Carroll. Others in the field are Jewel of a Cat, Ghost Flower, Uptown Gal, Significant Bling, Some Temper, Baby Princess, Boss Barney’s Baby, and Shenandoah Lady.