10/31/2011 12:41PM

Woodbine: Atlantic Hurricane rebounds with Ontario Fashion victory


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Atlantic Hurricane’s stock may have slipped slightly following her third-place finish in the seven-furlong Avowal here Oct. 1.

But Atlantic Hurricane roared back with a vengeance in last Sunday’s $151,500 Ontario Fashion, stalking the pace of the front-running Waccamaw in the six-furlong stakes for fillies and mares and then rallying for a hard-earned half-length score under regular rider Emile Ramsammy.

“It was a great ride,” said Stuart Simon, who trains Atlantic Hurricane and owns the 4-year-old filly in partnership with Carl Hollick and Brent and Russ McLellan. “Emile and I had talked about it in the morning, and we thought that other horse might blitz out of there, coming out of a 4 1/2-furlong race. My horse absolutely doesn’t need the lead.”

Atlantic Hurricane, who was claimed for $40,000 here in June, recorded her first stakes score in front-running fashion in the Grade 3 Seaway over seven furlongs here Sept. 3.

But in the Avowal, which had been taken off the turf and moved to the main track, Atlantic Hurricane dueled early before weakening in the final furlongs to finish 9 3/4 lengths back.

“I think the racetrack really hurt us last time,” Simon said. “It was deep that day. She absolutely hated it.

“But she’d also run really hard in the Seaway, when she beat Embur’s Song, and it was really hot. She’d had four weeks between races but still, she may have bounced.”

All being well, Atlantic Hurricane will make her final start of the meeting in the Grade 3 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares here Nov. 20.

“I wasn’t really busy with her over the summer, working every week and running every two weeks, and I think her freshness will help,” said Simon, who also nominated Atlantic Hurricane to last Saturday’s River Memories at one mile on the turf course.

“I still think she’ll go long on on the turf, but it’s hard to change when you’ve gone down this path and it’s working so well.”

Biamonte stays hot with juveniles

Trainer Ralph Biamonte continued his amazing run of success with 2-year-olds when Rose and Shine became the barn’s sixth juvenile stakes winner here in last Saturday’s $250,000 Princess Elizabeth.

“We’re having an unbelievable year,” Biamonte said. “It would have been too hard to even imagine it.”

In all, the Biamonte stable has fashioned a 16-6-4 record from 44 juvenile starters for earnings of more than $1.1 million and an overall mark of 24-16-15 from 110 starts at Woodbine for $1.6 million.

Rose and Shine had captured the seven-furlong Muskoka two starts back, but then finished fifth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, in the open Mazarine at 1 1/16 miles. The Princess Elizabeth was run over the same distance but restricted to Canadian-breds.

“I was really confident she’d run well,” said Biamonte, who watched Rose and Shine rally to score by a length under new rider Luis Contreras. “She’d been training up to it real good, and I was real satisfied getting the call from Contreras.

“I thought the race set up for us, and the rider had a beautiful trip.”

Rose and Shine, who had won at first asking for a $40,000 claiming price, now has banked $322,320 from six starts for her owner and co-breeder Jim Sabiston.

“I don’t think she’s run a bad race at all,” Biamonte said. “She’s just a gamer. She tries hard.”

Rose and Shine should get one more chance to strut her stuff here this fall as Biamonte plans to run her in the $150,000 Ontario Lassie, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies on Dec. 3.

“She came out of this race good and is feeling good,” Biamonte said. “I believe that as long as they’re running good, you keep them running. With these 2-year-olds, you’re never sure what they’re going to be like as 3-year-olds.”

Jenna’s Wabbit, winner of the six-furlong Bull Page last time out, and Menlo Castle, successful in the seven-furlong Simcoe two starts back, will be looking to continue Biamonte’s roll this week.

The Biamonte-bred Jenna’s Wabbit will be favored in Wednesday evening’s $125,000 Frost King, a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

Menlo Castle, who breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 under jockey Patrick Husbands here Sunday morning, is preparing for the $250,000 Coronation Futurity, a 1 1/8-mile race for Canada-bred 2-year-olds on Sunday. The Coronation would be Menlo Castle’s first start beyond seven furlongs.

Others eyeing the Coronation include the stakes-placed Maritimer and Hampstead Heath; last-out winners Dead On, Prince Raphael, and Solo Guy; Aldous Snow, and Campitello.

The Biamonte barn’s other 2-year-old stakes scores were supplied by Banner Bill, who captured the Victoria and Colin Stakes earlier in the meeting.

Banner Bill came out of a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in less than ideal order and was sent to the farm in Florida with an eye toward next season.

Meanwhile, Biamonte watched Run for Aruba stretch out successfully here last Friday as he scored by a head in a mile and 70-yard first-level allowance race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.

“I just might put him in the Kingarvie,” said Biamonte, referring to the 1 1/16-mile stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds here Nov. 26.

Simmard possible for Red Smith

Simmard, coming off a disappointing 13th-place finish in the Grade 1 Canadian International, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 here Monday morning.

“I might look at the Red Smith,” said trainer Roger Attfield, referring to the Grade 2, $150,000 stakes that is scheduled to be run over 1 3/8 miles of turf at Aqueduct this weekend. “I have to see how the turf course is after getting all that snow on it.”