06/28/2007 11:00PM

True Reality coming off huge Beyer jump


FORT ERIE, Ontario - True Reality, a filly whose Beyer Speed Figures grew dramatically after a switch from Polytrack to Fort Erie's dirt surface, is the headliner in Sunday's Fort Erie Slots Cup, the first of nine Cup races here this season.

The Cup races have purses of $25,000 and are restricted to runners who have made previous starts at the meet.

The 1 1/16-mile Slots Cup is for fillies and mares who have started at least twice here this spring.

True Reality, 3, left the maiden ranks at the $5,000 level here May 28. Her three previous 2007 starts were at Woodbine's bottom level of $10,000.

At six furlongs, True Reality, sent off at 6-5, won by 8 1/2 lengths and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 44.

After the score, the Toronto connections sold True Reality to owner-trainer Stephen Wells, who returned the filly to action two weeks later in a nonwinners-of-two at the $7,500 level. The contest was at a mile and 70 yards.

With Regina Sealock in the saddle, True Reality led every step of the way and won off by almost 16 lengths at just under 12-1. The assigned Beyer Figure was 87.

It was the first victory this season for Wells, who has saddled 10 runners at the meet.

Wells joined the trainer ranks early last year. He had his horses with trainer Vern Fernandes at the time and finished the season with five wins in 21 starts.

A Wells horse, Bullish Executive, was perhaps the best sprinter at the Fort last year. The runner captured the Don Valliere Memorial Cup on Sept. 10.

Marden Hill, trained by Brian Ross, appears to be the main opposition in the Slots Cup. On June 11, in an allowance at seven furlongs on the turf, the mare rallied strongly from the rear but fell a head short to Classy Flower.

Clerk scratches wrong horse

Last Sunday, Fort Erie had an embarrassing situation.

Classic Ruckis, number 5 in the program, was a late scratch from the 10th race. According to mutuel manager, Chad Gates, the information arrived in the tote room approximately four minutes before the start of the ninth race.

The operator erred and scratched the 5 horse from the ninth race. That horse, Letitbewritten, went on to easily win the ninth race by three lengths.

"After a scratch, you cannot put a horse back into the race," said Gates. "At that point, the horse was running for purse money only.

"When a horse is taken from the pool, the tote system automatically calculates all monies wagered on the scratched runner, and that comes out of the pool."

In the official order of finish, the runners who finished second, third, and fourth were moved up to first, second, and third.

The holders of tickets on No. 5 were refunded their wagers.

The Ontario Racing Commission and the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency are investigating.