10/13/2011 11:40AM

Woodbine: Pierce and Sam-Son have strong pair for Cup and Saucer


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Malcolm Pierce has two nice prospects for Saturday’s $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine – Aldous Snow and Dead On. The course condition could dictate whether he runs both Sam-Son Farm homebreds in the 1 1/16-mile route for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds, which Sam-Son has won a record 13 times.

Aldous Snow, who’s named after actor Russel Brand’s character in the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” made quite a splash when he debuted in one-mile maiden special on the grass Sept. 10. After awaiting room, he came charging inside for a half-length win, earning a respectable 77 Beyer Figure.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” said Pierce. “He’d worked well enough, but he ran like he’d run before. His two full brothers, Thespian’s Fate and Born to Act, both won first time out, but neither have won since.”

Dead On was fourth when he debuted in a turf sprint, and then came right back to graduate in a seven-furlong maiden special on the Polytrack.

“He was very green in his first race,” Pierce said. “We put a little pair of blinkers on for his next start, and he did everything perfect. He rated well, and finished strong.”

Aldous Snow and Dead On breezed five-eighths together around the cones over the turf training course in 1:05 on Oct. 8.

“The time was very slow, but it was very soft,” said Pierce. “They worked evenly. I think they got enough out of it. Right now, I don’t know which one is the better horse.”

There is lots of rain in the forecast, and Pierce said he might scratch Dead On if the course isn’t firm.

“I’ll make a decision on race day,” said Pierce. “I want to run both, but we also have the Coronation Futurity down the road, and we know that Dead On probably handles the Poly better than Aldous Snow.”

Trainer Sid Attard entered Jomelo and Maritimer, who rallied five wide for second in the allowance prep for the Summer. In the Grade 3 Summer itself, he faded to fourth after attending a slow pace.

Attard said Maritimer is at his best coming from off the pace and not pressing it.

“He doesn’t want to be close, otherwise he won’t finish,” Attard said.

Hard Not to Like, the lone filly in the field, beat the boys in the Summer prep before finishing a troubled fifth in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes.

Prince Raphael romped in a Sept. 24 maiden special on the Polytrack, about a month after running third in his opener, which came on the grass.