04/27/2011 12:07PM

Woodbine: Miss Lola, Miss Taggart exit productive races


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Miss Lola and Miss Taggart could both crack the top three in Friday’s eighth race at Woodbine, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares going seven furlongs.

Miss Lola did the bulk of her best running last spring, when she won her maiden following a five-month layoff, earning a 72 Beyer Figure in the seven-furlong sprint. In her next appearance June 13, she closed for fifth in the Alywow Stakes on the grass, finishing just two lengths behind victorious Somme.

Miss Lola tailed off in the summer and fall. She has been idle since a ninth-place finish over soft turf in an Oct. 31 allowance that produced two next-out stakes winners, Valli With a Vow and Euro Platinum.

Before shipping back here earlier this month, Miss Lola was working over the deep dirt surface at the Payson Park training center in Florida. Her trainer, Gail Cox, has won with 26 percent of her 61- to 180-day layoff runners over the past five years, while yielding a significant flat-bet profit.

The Josie Carroll-trained 3-year-old Miss Taggart is facing older opposition for the first time. After ending up second behind future stakes winner Roxy Gap in her debut last July, she graduated in a fairly slow maiden special.

Miss Taggart made just one other start at 2, in August, in the six-furlong Ontario Debutante Stakes, in which she trailed a five-horse field after setting the pace.

Miss Taggart wound up fourth after breaking awkwardly when she came off the sidelines in a five-furlong allowance April 2. The runner-up, Bibi’s Doll, subsequently won a rapidly-run allowance. Miss Taggart came back to breeze five-eighths in a bullet 1:00.80 April 19.

Tyler Pizarro inherits the mount on Miss Taggart from David Clark, who is riding Miss Lola.

The Scott Fairlie-trained entry of Church View and Silver Bag is worth considering.

Church View wasn’t an impact player in two $25,000 starter allowances during the winter at Parx, but she came close to capturing a fast $40,000 conditioned claimer here April 10.

Silver Bag has been idle since a flat fifth-place finisher in a Jan. 8 starter at Parx. She was claimed from a victory over $16,000 opposition here in December.

Court Gown is making her first start for trainer Mark Frostad. She won her maiden in England in 2009, and is winless in six starts in North America.