07/02/2001 12:00AM

Sunday Stakes recaps (7/1/01)


Woodbine: A Fleets Dancer seizes day

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A Fleets Dancer closed powerfully to beat a trio of U.S. invaders in the Grade 3, $166,800 Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine.

A Fleets Dancer trailed the eight-horse field while seven lengths back after a half-mile in the 1 1/4-mile event. Seek Smartly and Maryland-based Sick as a Parrot vied through moderate fractions while being tracked by New York runner Ground Storm.

Ground Storm took control on the far turn, as A Fleets Dancer commenced a four-wide rally under Richard Dos Ramos. A Fleets Dancer hit the front at the eighth pole and cruised to a two-length victory over Belmont-based Tarquinius.

Ground Storm, the 2-1 favorite, was a nose back in third in the eight-horse field. The final time, over a fast track yielding slow times, was 2:05.69. A Fleets Dancer returned $7 as the second choice and banked $100,080 for owner Cam Allard and trainer Roger Attfield.

- Ron Gierkink

Delaware: Fiddle hangs on

Fiddle was all out to hold off Ruff, the favorite, in the $100,300 Christiana Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park.

Fiddle, with Mike McCarthy in the saddle, was a nose winner over Ruff, who went eight wide under Harry Vega before coming with an explosive stretch run that ultimately fell short at the wire.

Ruff was followed under the wire by Steiners Baby Girl, who was a neck behind the runner-up. The final time for the 1 1/8-mile Christiana was 1:52.50 over a firm course.

Fiddle ($6.80) is trained by Allen Jerkens, who is based at Belmont Park.

- Karen M. Johnson

Louisiana Downs: Rail to Seattle wins again

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Rail to Seattle remained unbeaten on dirt with a 2 1/2-length victory over Princess Rail in the $44,200 Fantasia Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Longshot Miss Nitap finished third. Heavy favorite Lettuce Loose was in good position three wide turning for home but finished fourth.

Brian Hernandez put Rail to Seattle on the lead from the outset and she battled with outsider Sissy Pie through early fractions of 21.99 seconds and 45.39 before shaking free turning for home.

Rail to Seattle paid $10.20 as the second choice and covered the six furlongs in 1:10.59. Trained by Frank Leggio, Rail to Seattle has now won five of 12 starts, including her four main-track races, and has earned over $62,000.

- Jeff Taylor