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Woodbine notes: Pierce and Carroll dominate stakes action
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainers Malcolm Pierce and Josie Carroll will be shipping out their first loads Thursday for the Fair Grounds, as is their customary practice when the Woodbine meeting begins to wind down into the off-season.
Last weekend, both trainers picked up some traveling money, as Up With the Birds captured Saturday’s $250,000 Coronation Futurity for Pierce and James Street won the $154,200 Autumn for Carroll, who came right back on Sunday with Leinan in the $155,500 Glorious Song.
Up With the Birds was making his stakes debut and was a solid 3 1/2-length winner under his regular rider, Eurico Rosa da Silva, in the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.
James Street, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old, was recording his sixth win and second stakes victory, all under Patrick Husbands, in the Grade 2 Autumn, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.
Leinan, in her fourth career appearance and stakes debut, ran her record to 2-2-0 with her come-from-behind tally in the seven-furlong Glorious Song for 2-year-old fillies.
Up With the Birds was the sixth Coronation Futurity for his owner and breeder, Sam-Son Farm, but the first for Pierce, a longtime Sam-Son assistant who took over as the outfit’s only trainer here this spring.
“He’s a very nice colt. I’m quite happy with him,” said Pierce, who had sent out Up With the Birds to finish a closing third in his six-furlong debut and to win over 1 1/16 miles in his outings before the Coronation Futurity. “He did what he had to do. He seems to be getting better with every start. He got left a little bit in that sprint, or he might have been 3 for 3.”
His Race to Win, a maiden who was making his fourth start, all for Pierce and Sam-Son, also participated in the Coronation Futurity and picked up third money.
“It was a last-minute decision to enter him,” said Pierce. “He kind of ran where we thought he’d run. I think he’ll probably be a little bit better on turf.”
Up With the Birds and His Race to Win both are scheduled to leave this week for Florida and will be turned out for 30 days.
“They’ll get a little breather before they start out for their 3-year-old campaigns,” said Pierce. “They’ll join up with me in New Orleans sometime in January, and I’ll try to get a race into them there or at Keeneland.”
James Street overcomes trouble
Plans are pending for James Street, a homebred whom Carroll trains for Eugene Melnyk.
After finishing third in the 1 1/16-mile allowance prep, in which Husbands was aboard the winning Delegation, James Street overcame a troubled trip to prevail in the Autumn.
James Street drew the inside post for both the prep and the main event, which had been a cause of concern for Carroll.
“He sucked himself back too far last time,” said Carroll. “He was a little sharper Saturday. He positioned himself well and kicked home pretty strong. I thought he was very impressive.
“Patrick really gets along with him well.”
James Street had been making his ninth and final start of the season when he finished fifth in last year’s Autumn, but just his fifth of the campaign this time around.
“Last year, at the end of the year, he was getting pretty tired,” said Carroll. “This year, he’s just coming into his own.”
Turf an option for Leinan
Leinan was a five-length winner when she began her career this spring in a 4 1/2-furlong Keeneland dash on April 27.
But the Kentucky-bred, who races for Jim and Alice Sapara, did not see action again until Sept. 28, when she finished second here in a first-level allowance at seven furlongs that was won by the rising Ontario-sired star Nipissing.
“There was nothing for her for a long time, so we turned her out in Kentucky and gave her some grass,” said Carroll. “Then she took a funny step in her first work here. She jammed her shoulder. It took a long time to get her back to where we wanted her to be.”
Leinan also has run well on turf, ending the runner-up to the promising Floral Sky in a seven-furlong first-level allowance in her start before the Glorious Song.
Carroll, who also has stalls at Palm Meadows, will have plenty of options for the filly’s next start.
Part the Seas staying home for now
Pierce and Carroll both have 22 stalls at the Fair Grounds and plan to be active from the get-go in that meeting, which begins on Nov. 22.
In the meantime, Pierce is eyeing a couple of stakes races here at Woodbine.
Part the Seas, coming off a second-place finish here in the Carotene here over 1 1/8 miles on turf, is slated to be supplemented to Saturday’s Jammed Lovely, a seven-furlong Polytrack race for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies.
The original plan had been for Part the Seas to make her next appearance at the Fair Grounds in the Nov. 24 Pago Hop, an about one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.
“I think she’s better on grass, but if we’re keeping her around for one more race this year it might as well be the Jammed Lovely,” said Pierce. “We’ve got a chance to run for $150,000 against Ontario-breds, instead of an open race for $75,000.”
On Nov. 24, Pierce plans to run as many as three horses in the Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000.
Magic Broomstick, winner of two stakes in as many starts at this meeting, is slated to participate and could be joined by her Sam-Son stablemate Forest Uproar. Both 6-year-olds are heading to the breeding shed after their next outing.
Miss Inclined, a 4-year-old who races for Mueller Thoroughbreds, also could represent Pierce in the Bessarabian in what could be her final appearance.
Options for Tesseron
Tesseron, a promising 2-year-old who is trained by Carroll and owned by the Donver Stable of Donna and Vern Dubinsky, breezed six furlongs in an eye-catching 1:12.40 under regular rider Justin Stein here Sunday morning.
Winner of a 1 1/16-mile maiden race first crack out and then second here in the Grade 3 Grey Stakes here at the same distance, Tesseron could make his next appearance here in the Display on Dec. 1 but also is under consideration for the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24.
Both the listed Display and the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club are 1 1/16-mile races with a purse of $150,000.
Inglorious, last year’s Canadian champion 3-year-old filly for Carroll and the Dubinskys, last saw action on July 8 but is looking well and has been training well here of late.
Carroll has penciled in the Grade 2, $200,000 Bayakoa, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8, for the return of Inglorious, the Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Oaks winner.
Another day for Clarinet
Clarinet, who became a stakes winner when she made her first start for Carroll here in the Flaming Page Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf Sept. 29, traveled to Aqueduct for last Saturday’s Long Island Handicap but was scratched because of the very soft nature of the turf course.
Now back at Woodbine, Clarinet could make her next appearance in Calder’s Nov. 30 La Prevoyante, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for fillies and mares that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $100,000.
Kissable, based here with trainer Roger Attfield, finished seventh in the Long Island as the 8-5 choice.