06/02/2006 11:00PM

Slow-breaking Lord Robyn rallies to win


MIAMI - The backers and connections of Lord Robyn had to be shaking their heads after he turned his head at the same instant starter Bobby Vaughn sprung the latch

for Saturday's $45,000 Blazing Sword Stakes. As a result, the usually swift-footed Lord Robyn broke well behind the rest of the field while apparently losing all chance in the overnight turf stakes.

But despite the unlucky beginning, Lord Robyn picked himself up under jockey Manny Aguilar and finished like a fresh horse along the hedge upon turning into the stretch. He drew off from the leaders to register a most unlikely 2 3/4-length triumph in the 7 1/2-furlong Blazing Sword.

The victory was the first in three starts this season for Lord Robyn, a son of Robyn Dancer who is trained by David Fawkes for the Top Line Racing Stable and its partners Alex and Joanne Lieblong. Last season Lord Robyn overcome a slow break to capture the Donthelumbertrader Stakes by nearly four lengths at the same 7 1/2-furlong distance as the Blazing Sword.

Sent off at 5-1 in a field of nine older horses, Lord Robyn paid $12 after covering the distance in 1:29.07 over a good course.

Keep Cool, a multiple turf stakes winner coming off a disappointing effort two weeks earlier in the Big Bubble Stakes, set the pace and held gamely through the stretch to finish second, a neck in front of Gin Rummy Champ. Cervelo, the defending Blazing Sword champ, also broke slowly, then raced well wide and finished a non-threatening fifth.

Knight in Flight was the 5-2 favorite for trainer Marty Wolfson and checked home seventh after racing well placed to the stretch.

Yes It's Gold back on best surface

Fawkes should also have the horse to beat in Monday's $30,000 allowance feature when he sends the speedy Yes It's Gold out against six rivals under third-level allowance conditions. The race is at seven furlongs.

Yes It's Gold spent the winter at Tampa Bay Downs, where she captured 1 of 5 starts and was third in the five-furlong Lightning City Stakes going five furlongs on grass. A switch back to the main track should prove to be to her advantage on Monday since each of her three victories has come on dirt. A daughter of Yes It's True, Yes It's Gold has trained well for her return to Calder where she has finished worse than third just once in seven races.

Yes It's Gold's main opponent appears to be Red Ruffle, who cruised to a 9 1/4-length second-level allowance win in the slop here on May 16. Red Ruffle was geared down to almost a jog by jockey Javier Castellano Jr. after opening up a commanding advantage at midstretch in her last start.

Also in the field are Honkeytonkville, Wild Wedding, Uchita, Alisa's Hope, and Suchatouch.

* Miesque's Approval worked a half-mile in a slow 52.40 seconds here Saturday morning. Miesque's Approval is coming off an upset win against reigning Breeders' Cup Mile champ Artie Schiller in Keeneland's Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile.