09/10/2012 3:47PM

Woodbine: Nice score for Tiller in La Prevoyante

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Michael Burns
Nikkis Bold Gelato earned $75,000 as the La Prevoyante winner, It’s Gail collected $25,000 as runner-up, and Princess Pick got $6,250 for fourth.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Bob Tiller unleashed a four-pronged attack on last Saturday’s La Prevoyante Stakes, a one-mile turf stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

And Tiller was rewarded with the lion’s share of the $125,000 purse as Nikkis Bold Gelato earned $75,000 as the winner, It’s Gail collected $25,000 as the runner-up, and Princess Pick picked up $6,250 as the fourth-place finisher.

“Obviously, we were very pleased with the results,” Tiller said.

Nikkis Bold Gelato had excuses in her first two attempts on turf, finishing fourth in the restricted Passing Mood at seven furlongs and ninth in a first-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs.

“She was eligible to run well,” Tiller said. “But on soft turf, who knows what’s going to happen?”

What happened was that Nikkis Bold Gelato took charge on the far turn and never looked back en route to a one-length victory under David Moran, who was recording his first stakes win of the meeting.

It’s Gail had been scratched from the Sept. 3 Algoma, a 1 1/16-mile yearling sales stakes for fillies and mares in which her Ontario-bred stablemate Casa Loma finished second.

“It was her last opportunity to run with Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies,” Tiller said. “Firm turf would have helped her.”

Grace Phil, Tiller’s other La Prevoyante entrant, failed to handle the soggy conditions and finished seventh in the field of eight.

The $125,000 Classy ’n Smart, a 1 1/16-mile main-track race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares here Sept. 30, and the $150,000 Carotene, a 1 1/8 mile turf race for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies on Oct. 6, are on the horizon, and Tiller may be doing some mixing and matching with his La Prevoyante foursome.

“We’ll be looking at both races,” Tiller said.