10/22/2010 11:38AM

Stormy Lord looks safe at home in Mobil

Michael Burns
Stormy Lord, Jim McAleney up, wins the Toronto Cup Stakes

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Stormy Lord, back on his home turf following a game effort in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park, should rule the roost when he meets just four rivals here in Sunday’s $100,000 Mobil.

The Mobil, a late addition to the overnight stakes program, is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-olds and just met the minimum requirement for making the cut with five starters.

Stormy Lord is a speed-oriented type who set the pace and hung on stubbornly before winding up a length back as the Kent’s third-place finisher over 1 1/8 miles on firm turf

“He shipped fine, and he’s trained back well,” said Ian Black, who trains Stormy Lord for the Kinghaven Farm of David Willmot, chairman of the board of the Woodbine Entertainment Group.

“There’s nothing else here for straight 3-year-olds, and this looks like the right spot. He’s won going a mile and an eighth, and he ran huge going a mile and a half.”

Stormy Lord became a stakes winner here in the Toronto Cup over 1 1/8 miles on good going on July 24, and then was beaten three-quarters of a length as the Breeders’ Stakes runner-up over 1 1/2 miles on yielding going.

Regular rider Jim McAleney has the call on Stormy Lord,

Sam-Son Farm will furnish the main opposition with Hotep, who is trained by Mark Frostad, and Cognashene, who hails from the barn of Malcolm Pierce.

Hotep, runner-up in the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate on July 4, came back four weeks later to finish fourth in Fort Erie’s 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales and then ran third here in the 1 1/8-mile Ontario Derby, his first start in two months.

“Coming off a big layoff, I thought he ran pretty well,” said Frostad.

Hotep will be making his first start on turf but breezed five furlongs in 1:02.4, going in company with full brother Eye of the Leopard, on the training track turf course here Monday.

“The rider seemed to think he handled it,” said Frostad. “But, you can’t really tell until you run them.”

Cognashene, who finished 2 1/4 lengths behind Stormy Lord as the third-place finisher in the Breeders,’ came back to win a first-level allowance over 1 1/8 miles of good turf here Oct. 2.

“I was really pleased with his race last time,” said Pierce. “He’d been off since August 15, and now he’s coming back in three weeks.

Farther wouldn’t have hurt us, but I think a mile and an eighth is far enough.”

Patrick Husbands retains the mount on Hotep, while Eurico Rosa da Silva returns aboard Cognashene following a one-race hiatus.

Rounding out the field will be Archon, who was beaten a length when third behind Cognashene here Oct. 2, and the maiden Riley Ripasso.

Roan Inish looking fine

Trainer Carolyn Costigan had feared that Roan Inish would be sidelined for an extended period when the filly showed signs of a tendon problem while preparing for an appearance in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Alabama this August.

But Roan Inish returned to Woodbine recently and has been galloping under Costigan the past few mornings.

“She’d showed signs of tendonitis, and we’d stepped on the brakes immediately,” said Costigan, who trains the homebred Roan Inish for her father, Bob Costigan.

Roan Inish was shipped to Lexington, Ky., where she was examined by prominent veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood and Riddle Clinic.

“He’d said we’d caught it early enough, and that 60 days of rest should put her right,” said Costigan. “She went to Fares Farm, for a little R and R.”

Costigan will not commit to any timetable for Roan Inish, who won the Woodbine Oaks and finished third in the Queen’s Plate, but is pleased with her progress to date.

“She’s doing really well,” said Costigan. “I’m really happy with her.”

Maiden to try stakes

In the meantime, Costigan will be looking to pick up some black type for Lassair, a full sister to Roan Inish, in Sunday’s $150,000 Fanfreluche.

Lassair, also a Costigan homebred, will be looking for her first win the $150,000 Fanfreluche, a six-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.

“I could run her in a maiden race, but that could turn out to be just as tough,” said Costigan.

“She’s had a couple of unlucky trips, she’s training well, and the distance suits her. We’re going to try to get a piece of the shares.”

Reade pair will stay out of Breeders’ Cup

Fatal Bullet and Rockin Heat, who had been under consideration for appearances at the Breeders’ Cup, will not be heading to Churchill Downs.

“Danny has decided not to go,” said Reade Baker, who trains both Fatal Bullet and Rockin Heat for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion.

Fatal Bullet, a Florida-bred 5-year-old,competed in the last two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, finishing second in 2008 and sixth last year.

Baker had his sights set on the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for Fatal Bullet this year, and the gelding had finished third on the grass here in both the Grade 2 Play the King and the Grade 1 Nearctic in his last two starts.

The six-furlong Kennedy Road, a Grade 3, $150,000 race for 3-year-olds and upward on the main track here Nov. 20, now becomes Fatal Bullet’s next stakes target.

Rockin Heat, a Kentucky-bred colt, is a maiden after four starts but has finished second on each occasion, including the Grade 3 Summer over one mile of turf and the Grade 3 Grey over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Baker had been interested in running Rockin Heat in the one-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, but his next stakes appearance instead could come in the $150,000 Display, a 1 1/16 mile Polytrack race here Nov. 28.