09/18/2013 2:01PM

Woodbine notes: Overheard using La Lorgnette as stepping-stone to Valley View

Michael Burns
Overheard (No. 2) rallies to beat Akron Moon by a nose in the Alywow Stakes at Woodbine on June 9.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Malcolm Pierce won his fourth stakes of the meeting for Sam-Son Farm when he sent out His Race to Win to capture last Sunday’s Grade 3 Ontario Derby. On Saturday, Pierce will look to win his second stakes of the meeting for Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stable when he sends out Overheard in the $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race for 3-year-old fillies.

Overheard, bred in Kentucky by her owner, won the Alywow Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf here June 9 and then had a summer break before returning to finish a closing second in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen over one mile on the same surface.

In her only start this year on Polytrack, Overheard ran third in the Grade 3 Selene at 1 1/16 miles, beaten 4 1/4 lengths by the victorious Coffee Clique but only a neck for second money by Nipissing, who went on to win the Woodbine Oaks but met a tragic end when breaking down in the Aug. 4 Wonder Where Stakes.

“Turf’s her best surface, but she’s not bad on Poly,” said Pierce, who sent out Overheard to finish third in her debut and then win in her second start on the synthetic surface here last fall. “We’re going to give it a shot and see.”

The La Lorgnette also fits Overheard’s schedule as a stepping-stone to Keeneland’s Oct. 18 Pin Oak Valley View, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.

“We thought we had time to fit one more race in,” Pierce said. “Pin Oak sure would like to have something in the race if they thought they fit, and I think she does. She ran well at Keeneland this spring.”

Overheard finished second at Keeneland in the April 18 Appalachian Stakes, a Grade 3 race over one mile on turf.

The red-hot Eurico Rosa Da Silva retains the mount on Overheard in a La Lorgnette field headed by multiple stakes winners Spring in the Air and Leigh Court. The invading Bold Kitten, a restricted stakes winner from Arlington, also is in the lineup along with local longshots Theogony and We’llseeaboutthat.

Coffee Clique recovering from injury

Coffee Clique, who went on to finish fourth when facing older fillies and mares here in July in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on grass, was injured when finishing third as the odds-on choice in the Ontario Colleen and is recuperating in Ocala, Fla.

“She flaked a piece off the front of her ankle, and we had to clean that up,” said Brian Lynch, who trains the Kentucky-homebred Coffee Clique for John and Jerry Amerman.

Lynch will look to bring back Coffee Clique at Gulfstream Park, where she ran well in two stakes on turf last March.

Irish invader for E.P. Taylor Stakes

Ian Russell, the traveling head lad for trainer David Simcock who was here from England with Woodbine Mile third-place finisher Trade Storm, said the barn plans to be back with Moment In Time for the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes.

The $500,000 E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares, will be run here Oct. 27, Canadian International Day.

Bred in Ireland, the 4-year-old Moment In Time has compiled a record of 4-3-1 from 14 starts for earnings of $120,489. Moment In Time became a Group 3 winner in June in the Pinnacle Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf at Haydock and followed up there with a second in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at the same distance.

In her two most recent starts, both in Group 1 company, Moment In Time finished 10th of 14 in Goodwood’s 1 1/4-mile Nassau and sixth of seven in York’s 1 1/2-mile Yorkshire Oaks, which was dominated by The Fugue.

Go Bro eyes Cup and Saucer Stakes

Most of the contestants in last Saturday’s Summer Stakes were looking to capitalize on the race’s Win and You’re In status for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. But Mike Keogh had a different agenda with Go Bro, the Gustav Schickedanz homebred whom he sent out to a second-place finish at 27-1.

“I wanted to make sure I got a race into him before the Cup and Saucer,” said Keogh, refering to the $250,000 race for Canadian-breds over 1 1/16 miles on turf here Oct. 20. “There’s a maiden race on the turf this Sunday, but I was afraid it might not go or be rained off.”

Go Bro had seen action just once prior to the Summer Stakes, finishing 10 3/4 lengths behind the winner in sixth place over seven furlongs.

“He blew the break and just didn’t like the Polytrack,” Keogh said. “He ran to his works this time.”

Appeal set over Muskoka Stakes

The Ontario Racing Commission has set Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. as its time to hear an appeal of a stewards’ decision following the Aug. 28 Muskoka Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

On Rainbow Bridge, owned by the Triple K Stable of Kurt Cobza and trained by Dave Cotey, had crossed the finish line a nose in front of Lexie Lou in the Muskoka. The stewards, however, ruled that apprentice jockey Skye Chernetz had come out with On Rainbow Bridge and interfered with Lexie Lou and reversed the order of finish.

Chernetz appealed a three-day suspension issued after the incident, and Cotey and Cozba appealed to the commission.

Lexie Lou is owned and trained by John Ross and stands to earn $120,000 if the appeal is denied. Second money is $40,000.

In the meantime, On Rainbow Bridge and Lexie Lou are scheduled to meet again in the Sept. 28 Victorian Queen, a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies with a purse of $125,000. Lexie Lou was not nominated to the Victorian Queen and would have to be supplemented at a cost of $2,500.

Six of the Victorian Queen’s 15 nominees are entered in Friday’s first race, a restricted five-furlong allowance for nonwinners of two.