05/02/2010 11:00PM

Resentless still on track for Oaks


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Resentless got her 3-year-old campaign off to a solid start here at Woodbine last Saturday, leading throughout the seven-furlong Fury Stakes en route to a five-length victory.

"I thought she ran about how I hoped she would," said Ian Howard, who trains Resentless for owner Donald Ross. "This was a race she figured to win. She ran great, for her first start back."

Assuming command quickly under jockey Chantal Sutherland, Resentless clipped off fractions of 22.83 seconds, 45.20, and 1:09.01 before finishing in 1:21.66 for a Beyer Speed Figure of 87.

"She did what she had to do, she galloped out well, and she came out of the race well," Howard said. "Now, we'll have to figure out how to get her to the Oaks."

The $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, will be run on June 13.

The only remaining Oaks preps are the $150,000 La Lorgnette, an open race at 1 1/16 miles on May 23, and the $125,000 Lady Angela, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired fillies on May 24.

"We'll nominate her to both, and see who's running in the La Lorgnette," said Howard.

Resentless raced at 1 1/16 miles in her last three starts at 2 beginning with a fourth-place finish in the open Mazarine. A runner-up effort in the Princess Elizabeth for Canadian-breds and a victory in the Ontario Lassie for Ontario-foals capped her season.

"She's a very, very talented filly," said Howard.

It was the third stakes win of the meet for Sutherland, who previously captured the Woodstock with Essence Hit Man and the Whimsical aboard Proud Heiress.

Roan Inish gives good performance

Roan Inish, who had defeated Resentless when making her North American debut in the Princess Elizabeth, saw the tables turned in the Fury but won a three-way fight for the runner-up award.

"I was happy to see her battle on for second," said Carolyn Costigan, who conditions Roan Inish for her father, Bob Costigan. "Again, the Fury wasn't the target. I didn't have her fully wound up."

Costigan also said Roan Inish was found to have some mucus in her lungs when scoped after the Fury.

"All things considered, I'm happy enough with her performance," said Costigan "I thought the winner ran a huge race. She set good fractions, and stayed on well."

Despite being a stakes winner, Roan Inish remains eligible for her first allowance condition and also will be nominated to the La Lorgnette.

"Obviously she's got a bit to come on, and this race will help her do that," said Costigan.

Moment of Majesty displays Oaks potential

Slightly more than a half-hour before the Fury was run, Moment of Majesty thrust herself in the Oaks picture with an emphatic three-length score in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

Owned by former National Hockey League goaltender Curtis Joseph and trained by Sue Leslie, Moment of Majesty had finished fifth in the Ontario Lassie and third in the Princess Elizabeth.

Moment of Majesty then headed to trainer Mark Casse's Florida farm, where she stayed through January before spending time with Roger Attfield's strings in Florida, including a stint at Palm Meadows, which is close to where Leslie winters.

"She blossomed down there," said Leslie. "She was immature mentally. Having her down there in a more relaxing atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the racetrack atmosphere, really did her good."

While Leslie had expected Moment of Majesty to run well in her comeback race she had not anticipated the style in which the filly scored under jockey David Clark.

"She's a two-turn horse," said Leslie. "I didn't really want her on the lead at seven furlongs, but Clarkie tried to wait and nobody else wanted it."

After cruising through fractions of 23.25 and 46.09, Moment of Majesty quickened into the turn and got her three-quarters in 1:09.70 and the seven furlongs in 1:22.20. Her Beyer came back at 81.

Now, Leslie now must decide how to get Moment of Majesty to the Oaks.

"We'll have to see how she comes out of this race," said Leslie. "I'm a little bit concerned about how quickly it's coming up. I wish we had eight weeks, instead of six weeks.

"It's just nice to have a good filly. I'm happy for Curtis; he's put a lot of money into the game."

Ernfold doing well in new barn

Ernfold, another leading Oaks candidate, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 here Sunday, going in company with jockey Jim McAleney in the irons.

"She went very well, and galloped out well," said trainer Roger Attfield.

Trained last year by Reade Baker, Ernfold finished third in both the Grade 3 Natalma over one mile of turf and the Princess Elizabeth for owners Jim and Susan Hill.

This year, in the hands of Attfield, Ernfold won her first start of the season in a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance at Keeneland on April 21.

"I didn't want to bring her here to run in the Fury," said Attfield, who had Ernfold with him at Payson Park and with his string at Keeneland before returning home last week. "She had the 1 1/8-mile race right there."

Ernfold remains eligible for her second allowance condition and also will be nominated to the La Lorgnette.