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Woodbine: Lexington Pearl difficult to gauge in Glorious Song
ETOBICOKE, Ontario — There’s an intriguing shipper in town for Sunday’s $150,000 Glorious Song at Woodbine, as Lexington Pearl checked in from England via Amsterdam last Saturday for the seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.
Lexington Pearl races for Pearl Bloodstock Ltd., the nom du course of Sheikh Fahad al Thani, a member of the royal family of Qatar. Lexington Pearl is slated to remain in North America following the Glorious Song with trainer Graham Motion at his base at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.
Sheikh Fahad uses several trainers in Europe, including Andrew Balding, who was here to watch Side Glance run fourth in this year’s Woodbine Mile.
Mike Delzangles, based in France, gave the owner his most important victory with Dunaden in the recent $6.31 million Melbourne Cup.
Ralph Beckett trains Lexington Pearl. His only previous starter here was Look Here, who finished seventh in the 2009 running of the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes.
Lexington Pearl, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Elusive Quality who was purchased for $100,000 at Keeneland last September, was successful in her only start at Kempton on Oct. 13.
Racing over six furlongs on a Polytrack surface, Lexington Pearl had assumed command early and held on gamely to prevail by a neck at 14-1.
“She’s only won her maiden, but it was quite a hot race,” said head traveling lad Gary Plasted, who is here with Lexington Pearl and her work rider, Emma Wilkinson. “We don’t really know how good she is, but she shows enough at home. She’s quite a flashy filly. It will be interesting to see how she does in here.”
David Moran has picked up the mount on Lexington Pearl.
Jenny’s So Great will race in 2012
Jenny’s So Great, a 4-year-old Ontario-foaled filly, has been withdrawn from Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale and is slated to continue her racing career next year for trainer Greg De Gannes.
Owned by Bill and Vicki Poston, Jenny’s So Great won the restricted seven-furlong Zadracarta and the Grade 3, six-furlong Royal North on the turf course here this year.
The only other older filly or mare to have won two sprint stakes at the meeting is Atlantic Hurricane with her scores coming on Polytrack in the Grade 3 Seaway at seven furlongs and in the Ontario Fashion at six furlongs.
That stat could change when Atlantic Hurricane runs in next Sunday’s seven-furlong Bessarabian.
Embur’s Song and Ariana D, both winners of single sprint stakes for fillies and mares here this year, also are slated to contest the Grade 3, $150,000 Bessarabian.
Other stakes winners eyeing the Bessarabian include Amiable Grace, Dance to the Moon, and Moonlit Beauty.
Hollywood Hit, Fatal Bullet probable for Kennedy Road
Next Saturday’s Kennedy Road, a six-furlong race for older horses which offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000, also is expected to attract a strong lineup, including former Canadian sprint champions Hollywood Hit and Fatal Bullet.
Paso Doble, who won the six-furlong allowance prep for the Kennedy Road here Oct. 30, also is pointing for the Kennedy Road. Essence Hit Man, Gypsy Ring, and Signature Red are other formidable candidates.
Smokey Fire still recuperating from 2010 injury
Smokey Fire, who won the 2009 Kennedy Road and finished third behind Hollywood Hit and Essence Hit Man in the Sovereign Award voting for his division last year, was injured just prior to last year’s running and has not returned to action.
“Hopefully, he’ll be okay for next year,” said Sid Attard, who trains the 6-year-old homebred Smokey Fire, who is out of the late Mel Lawson’s Sovereign Award-winning mare, Destroy.
Bear It’s Time unable to go in Jammed Lovely
Bear It’s Time, who had been headed for Wednesday’s $150,000 Jammed Lovely, will not see action again this season.
“She hurt herself, galloping,” said Reade Baker, who trains Bear It’s Time for the Bear Stable of Danny Dion.
Bear It’s Time would have been seeking her fourth stakes victory of the season in the Jammed Lovely, which is a seven-furlong race for Ontario-foaled 3-year-old fillies.
After winning the seven-furlong Lady Angela for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies in her seasonal bow, Bear It’s Time finished sixth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks and then defeated Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies in the 1 1/16-mile Bison City.
In her most recent appearance, Bear It’s Time trounced older Ontario-sired fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile Classy ‘n Smart to bring her seasonal record to 3-0-1 for earnings of $326,650 from 6 starts.
Baker said that Bear It’s Time will winter in Ontario at Curraghmore Farm and should be back at the racetrack next spring.
Lucky Be Me changes hands
Lucky Be Me, who also had been pointing for the Jammed Lovely Stakes, has been sold privately and is now at Parx Racing in suburban Philadelphia with trainer Lou Linder Jr.
Purchased for $7,000 at the local yearling sale, Lucky Be Me has banked $219,578 in 13 career starts for trainer Bill Tharrenos, who also owns the filly in partnership with Alan Alber.
Lucky Be Me won last year’s seven-furlong Muskoka, which is the yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies, and finished second in this year’s Eternal Search, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.
Sir Barton last of Wednesday night stakes
The Jammed Lovely will be the next-to-last Wednesday night stakes of the season, which will wind up in three weeks’ time on Dec. 4.
The Sir Barton, a 1 1/16-mile race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward, will be run on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Pender Harbour, who was entered in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Autumn Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, heads the list of nominees for the Sir Barton.
Stein sits out three days
Jockey Justin Stein will be serving a three-day suspension this Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The stewards ruled that Stein had come in with his mount, Strait of Dover, and interfered with Any Given Royal during the stretch run of the ninth race here Nov. 6.
Strait of Dover finished first but was disqualified and placed third.