Updated on 09/24/2012 5:04PM

Woodbine: La Tia shows something extra in La Lorgnette win

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Michael Burns
La Tia is now 4 for 4 on Polytrack.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – It looked like the La Lorgnette was all over when La Tia led by four lengths into the final furlong. But that scenario changed abruptly when La Tia hit the rail. Remarkably, she was able to regather herself and win the La Lorgnette.

“She ducked away from my stick,” said jockey Justin Stein, who was riding the Illinois shipper La Tia for the first time for trainer Brian Williamson. “She went up in the air and hit the rail, hard. When she came down she was almost stopped. I thought the whole field was going to go past us. Then, she just rebroke. She’s a very athletic filly, and she has a tremendous turn of foot.”

Williamson, who was watching from his Arlington Park base, was shocked by the sudden turn of events.

“She’d cut the corner, drew out, switched leads, drew out, was going to win easy,” said Williamson. “Then all of a sudden you could see her switch back to her left lead like she saw something, or something.”

Then, La Tia was airborne.

“I thought ‘Oh, my God! What’d she just do’?” said Williamson. “I was glad to see that she didn’t go over, and the jock didn’t come off or lose his irons. Then I was just thinking that there are a million ways to get beat, and this was one of them. Then all of a sudden she kicked back into gear. It was unbelievable.”

La Tia is now 4 for 4 on Polytrack, with her other synthetic scores coming at Arlington, and Williamson will be looking to keep that streak intact in Keeneland’s Oct. 20 Raven Run. The $250,000 Raven Run is a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies.

Stein’s success in the $153,500 La Lorgnette was his was his seventh stakes win of the meeting, topped by his front-running win aboard Strait of Dover in the $1 million Queen’s Plate.

“It’s been a crazy-good year,” said the 32-year-old Stein, who is fourth in the jockey standings heading into Wednesday’s card with 97 wins and earnings of $5,174,506.

Bear’s Peak roars

Stein had a comparatively routine trip on Saturday when he guided Bear’s Peak to a going-away 1 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong Overskate Stakes.

“I never thought the horse had that in him,” said Reade Baker, who trains Bear’s Peak for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion. “He could have swallowed those horses up at any time.”

Bear’s Peak was recording his third win in four starts this season, with his only loss a second-place finish in a restricted second-level allowance won by Royal Egbert, who came back to capture the Shepperton Stakes but faltered to finish ninth of 10 in the $125,800 Overskate.

And what makes his campaign all the more remarkable is that Bear’s Peak had returned this June following an 18-month absence after making three starts as a 2-year-old.

“He hurt his knee,” said Baker. “While he was getting operated on he had colic at the clinic and had to have surgery. I didn’t think he was going to make it out of the clinic.”

After spending a year recuperating on the nearby farm Curraghmore Farm of Vera Simpson and Michael Dube, Bear’s Peak now has banked more than $150,000 on the season and $228,410 in his career.

Baker will be looking to boost those totals with the $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward here Oct. 21, a possible target.

“I’ll think about that,” said Baker, who also will be keeping a long-term eye upon the $125,000 Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old and upward here Dec. 2.

Bear’s Peak‘s maiden win had come in the Bull Page Stakes, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings.

And Baker has a candidate for this year’s Oct. 8 renewal of the Bull Page in Olivier, an aptly named son of Strut the Stage who is owned by Baker and Augie Onesi. Olivier was gelded after finishing up the track in the 6 1/2-furlong Simcoe Stakes.

“He was an ass in the paddock, and he was an ass on post parade,” said Baker.

Oliver finished third, beaten 8 3/4 lengths, in his 5 1/2-furlong debut and then was a romping maiden winner over seven furlongs eight days before the Simcoe.

Jenna’s Wabbit done for the year

Jenna’s Wabbit, second as the 123-pound highweight in the Overskate, will not see action again this season.

“It’s tough giving weight to older horses,” said Ralph Biamonte, who bred Jenna’s Wabbit and trains the 3-year-old for his wife, Mary, and Danny Lococo. “I’m turning him out while he’s feeling good. I’ll give him a couple of weeks to unwind and then I’ll sent him down to Crupi’s New Castle, in Ocala.”

Jenna’s Wabbit won his first three starts this season, all in stakes races, under his regular rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva. A third-place finish in the Vice Regent and his second in the Overskate brought the Ontario-sired gelding’s seasonal earnings to $278,750 and his career bankroll past $500,000.

Menlo Castle euthanized

Menlo Castle, another stakes-winning 3-year-old gelding trained by Biamonte, was euthanized on Sunday morning after suffering serious injuries during a scheduled breeze.

“He took a bad step at about the five-sixteenths pole and suffered a condylar fracture,” said Biamonte, who trained the Ontario-bred Menlo Castle for owner Conor Healy.

Menlo Castle won last year’s 6 1/2-furlong Simcoe, the yearling sales stakes for colts and geldings, and finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity and 1 1/16-mile Display.

This year, Menlo Castle finished third in the seven-furlong Queenston and in the six-furlong Kenora to bring his overall record to 2-4-3 for earnings of $330,421 from 13 starts.

Moore sidelined indefinitely

Jockey Matt Moore probably is through for the season after falling hard to the track when his mount, The World to Me, apparently clipped heels going past the wire for the first time in last Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile 10th race.

Moore could not be moved to a totally safe position, and the outriders headed off the field turning into the stretch. The race was declared no contest and all wagers were refunded.

“He tore ligaments in his shoulder,” said jockey agent Eric Ross, adding that Moore would be undergoing more tests on Wednesday.

Moore, 30, compiled a record of 12-22-15 for purses of $537,355 from 215 starts at the meeting. His 42 mounts at Fort Erie earned more than $75,000 with a record of 7-7-4.

Kabel gets a win

Jockey Todd Kabel, who has not ridden here since Aug. 26, resurfaced at the nearby Ajax Downs Quarter Horse track on Sunday and recorded a win and a fifth-place finish from two mounts.

Kabel had failed a Breathalyzer test here Aug. 29, violating a condition of his reinstatement by the Ontario Racing Commission this April after having been absent the previous two seasons, but was conditionally reinstated following another racing commission hearing here Sept. 7.

His victory at Ajax came aboard Reckless in Red in a $2,000 claiming race with a winner’s share of $5,500.

In a previous version of this article the Crupi's New Castle in Ocala was misspelled.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Poor Menlo Castle. I'm so sorry to hear of his accident. Menlo, you did well while you were here with us. Good job, buddy! You had to leave us way too soon. Rest in peace.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
awww RIP menlo castle