07/23/2010 2:25PM

Wells Memorial, Samuel Memorial top Fort Erie undercard


FORT ERIE, Ontario – The Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial and the Ernie Samuel Memorial, a pair of $50,000 stakes at five furlongs on the turf, will be run immediately before and after the Prince of Wales Stakes here Sunday.

The Wells, for 3-year-olds and upward, and the Samuel, for fillies and mares, are for Canadian-breds. Both races attracted fields of seven.

The top speed horses in the Wells are Marco Be Good, a winner of $545,041, with half of that sum earned on the turf, and Drunken Love, a winner of $471,701.

Drunken Love has had only one career outing on the turf, but it was a winning one in this race last year when he edged Marco Be Good by a head.

Trainer Norm McKnight sends out Drunken Love, who has Gerry Olguin in the saddle. Justin Stein has been having success with Marco Be Good this year and will retain the mount for trainer John Ross.

Adding to the front end tussle will be Stuck in Traffic, part of an entry trained by Mike Wright Jr.

Claimed out of his last start for $20,000, Stuck in Traffic comes into this sprint with a sizzling black-letter workout. Wright has named Krista Carignan, the leading jockey at the Fort, to ride.

The Wells pace could very well set up the finish of two closers in the race, Flashy Yankee and Legal Move.

Flashy Yankee, trained by John LeBlanc Jr., should be flying in the stretch under new rider Eurico Da Silva.

Legal Move, a career winner of $852,614, will be making his first start since Oct. 17. Carignan also was named on Legal Move, the other half of Wright entry.

Shoteka is the sleeper in the field. Shoteka will be making his second start of the year, and does hold a high 91 Beyer turf speed figure in his pocket. Shoteka, trained by Justin Nixon, will be ridden by Melanie Pinto.

Samuel: Brent Attorney favored

Bent Attorney looks like a standout in the Samuel.

Sent out by conditioner Don MacRae for Centennial Farms, Bent Attorney has tactical speed, loves the turf, and won this event last year as a 5-year-old. Justin Stein will once again be aboard the probable favorite.

The main threat to Bent Attorney has to come from Authenicat, who is trained by Josie Carroll.

Authenicat has yet to win on the turf but has raced well in both of her starts on the surface. Authenicat has tons of class, and her recent races have all been in stakes.

There is plenty of speed in the race, and if the pace takes a toll on Bent Attorney, Authenicat could upset under rider Patrick Husbands.

◗ Last Sunday’s Ladies Day at the Fort was an overwhelming success and the target audience was out in full force to enjoy the day.

◗ Ted Knight’s 10-year-old warrior Choreography died Tuesday after being injured in a race.