11/30/2009 12:00AM

Resentless shows her stuff in win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Ian Howard has been high on Resentless since the filly first made it to the starting gate in August.

Last Sunday, Resentless rewarded Howard's faith with a convincing victory under jockey Chantal Sutherland in the , a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

"To run as fast as she did as easily as she did was really impressive," said Howard, who watched Resentless stop the clock in 1:43.98. "The first half was kind of soft, but she finished great."

Resentless, an Ontario-sired filly owned by Donald Ross, had finished third in her debut at 5 1/2 furlongs and then graduated in good time over seven furlongs.

After finishing fourth when stretching out to 1 1/16 miles for the Grade 3 Mazarine, Resentless carried her speed to a second-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth for Canadian-breds before taking it all the way in the Ontario Lassie.

"She's always trained like a really, really good filly," Howard said. "After the Princess Elizabeth, we started working her not so much and to give her long gallops. She started to relax a little more."

Howard also won the 1996 Ontario Lassie with Mordacious, who went on to finish fourth in the following year's Woodbine Oaks.

Resentless, with the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks as her main goal for 2010, will soon be heading for Florida and will begin gearing up in January.

"We'll get some miles into her down there," Howard said. "She really has a lot of ability. We just hope she matures and keeps getting better."

Howard has had a career year on the earnings front with purses of $611,904 via a record of 10-9-9 from 61 starts heading into the final week of the meeting.

Resentless banked $197,600, but the barn's top earner was Bogue Chitto, a Florida-bred 5-year-old gelding who has collected $276,440.

Bogue Chitto, owned and bred by Luis de Hechavarria, began the season with a maiden win for a $30,000 claiming price but worked his way into the stakes ranks and finished second in both the King Corrie at six furlongs on the main track and the Grade 2 Nearctic at six furlongs on the turf.

In his last start, which came in the Nov. 21 Kennedy Road at six furlongs, Bogue Chitto finished worse than second for the first time in nine starts this season when he faltered to end eighth in the field of nine.

"He had a definite excuse; he bled quite badly," said Howard, who already has sent Bogue Chitto to Florida.

"We'll start him up in January or February. Now that we can point for grass races as well as Polytrack, we should have some fun with him next year."

Late entry pays off for Joey's Best

It was sheer chance that Joey's Best wound up going to the post for last Saturday's .

But the homebred gelding, who is trained by Audre Cappuccitti for her husband, Gord, made the most of his unscheduled presence by becoming a stakes winner in the 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

"I was pleasantly surprised," Cappuccitti said. "I was thrilled with him, and I'm glad for Gord."

Cappuccitti had originally intended to contest the Kingarvie with Let's Kickit, who had been an impressive winner of a 1 1/16-mile Ontario-sired maiden race here Nov. 11.

"He trained and came back a little sore," Cappuccitti said. "We took a picture, and he had a fracture."

Joey's Best still had not been designated to pinch hit when the box opened for the Kingarvie last Wednesday as Cappuccitti had entered him in a restricted seven-furlong maiden race.

But when the Kingarvie had just four entries 10 minutes before closing time, Cappuccitti told the race office to move Joey's Best into the stakes and put up the $2,500 supplementary entry fee.

The Kingarvie wound up going with seven starters, with two other supplements signing up at the 11th hour.

Joey's Best had the measure of all comers, however, as he rallied from last place under jockey Patrick Husbands to score by 3 1/4 lengths and give Cappuccitti her first stakes win since Dalavin captured the Charlie Barley here in 2004.

"Patrick gave him a perfect ride," Cappuccitti said. "We've won a lot of races together over the years."

Husbands was riding Joey's Best for the first time, and the gelding had finished fifth in his two previous starts.

"The first time he had the 1-hole," Cappuccitti said. "The whole field came over on him at the start, and he kind of did a U-turn.

"In his next race, he had the 8-hole, but he went right to the rail. He was beaten just over a length. He was closing, and there were four of us across the track in a photo for second."

Joey's Best had been shortening up to six furlongs there off his seven-furlong opener, but Cappuccitti was confident he would handle the Kingarvie distance.

"I really thought he'd love two turns," Cappuccitti said. "I think he's going to be kind of a handy little horse.

"I'll turn him out for a couple of weeks now, but I might take him to Florida in January to get some sunshine."

Trainer Singh gets 15-day ban

Trainer Satrohan Singh will be serving a suspension of 15 calendar days and has been fined $1,000 after his horse Johnny Throttle tested positive for the Class 4 medication Methotrexate, which has anti-inflammatory properties, following his win in the sixth race here Nov. 6.

Singh's suspension runs Wednesday through Sunday and from April 3 through April 12, 2010.

Johnny Throttle, who was disqualified for all purposes except pari-mutuel wagering, returned to action here Saturday and was an impressive winner of a $20,000 claiming race for nonwinners of two.

Husbands gets day for whip violation

Husbands will be serving a one-day suspension on Thursday and paying a fine of $300 after dropping his appeal of an earlier ruling.

The stewards imposed the penalty after Husbands was cited for excessive use of his whip aboard Regan Lodge during the stretch run of the fourth race here Nov. 20. The offense was his second under the new whip guidelines.

Regan Lodge won the race by a nose.

Emma-Jayne Wilson has been fined $200 under the same rule following her ride aboard third-place finisher Archers Alyancer in the first race here last Saturday.