09/15/2011 11:52AM

Woodbine: Pletcher looks to double up in Summer Stakes with Finale

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Finale draws away under Joe Bravo, winning the Continental Mile Stakes by 10 1/2 lengths Aug. 20 at Monmouth Park.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Todd Pletcher won last year’s $250,000 Summer Stakes with the brilliant Pluck, who went on to capture the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He has another potential rocket for Saturday’s renewal of the Grade 3 event at Woodbine, Finale, who captured his two turf races by a combined 16 lengths.

The winner of the one-mile Summer receives a fees-paid berth into the BC Juvenile Turf at Churchill. For the first time this year, BC points are awarded to the top three finishers in the Summer, along with all other Canadian graded stakes, including Saturday’s co-feature for 2-year-old fillies, the Natalma.

Finale wasn’t an impact player in his first two outings, both on the dirt at Belmont. He graduated in a romp there July 15, in a six-furlong maiden special on the grass, earning a 79 Beyer Speed Figure.

Finale was bet down to 1-5 in the Aug. 20 Continental Mile Stakes at Monmouth. He won it like a 1-9 shot, by 10 1/2 lengths, in 1:35.24, a time that translated into a 77 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Sid Attard entered two contenders, Maritimer and Jomelo.

Maritimer notched his debut on the Polytrack, over which he finished a close second in the Vandal Stakes. He was favored in the one-mile allowance prep for the Summer, but his five-wide bid resulted in a second-place finish behind the promising filly Hard Not to Like.

“He’s like a big kid,” Attard said. “He likes to play around. When he puts it together, he’s going to be a really nice horse.”


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Jomelo placed in each of his first two starts on Polytrack, including the Clarendon Stakes. He graduated using an eye-catching wide rally in a six-furlong maiden special on the lawn Aug. 4.

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“I don’t think [the surface] matters for him, but he ran so good on the grass,” Attard said. “I think he’ll relax in behind and come running.”

Maritimer and Jomelo worked together over the turf training course last Sunday. Attard said a head-strong Maritimer began four lengths ahead of Jomelo and finished about four lengths in front, while traveling five-eighths in 58.40 seconds.

The Mark Casse-trained Making Amends won his debut in the Clarendon and was a troubled fourth in the Summer prep, under Patrick Husbands.

“He was sitting there waiting to pounce turning for home, two lengths off the lead, but had nowhere to go,” Casse said. “The outside horses zoomed away. He got him running again and got stopped. Patrick said he loved the turf.”

Daddy Nose Best and Burn the Mortgage are shipping in from the United States.

Daddy Nose Best, trained by Steve Asmussen, rallied from left field to earn his diploma fourth time out going long on the grass at Saratoga.

Burn the Mortgage won his second start over about a mile on the turf at Arlington for trainer Wayne Catalano, who took the 2006 Summer with Dreaming of Anna.


Summer Stakes 2011 Field

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Secret Consultant

M. Doyle

E. Ramsammy

30-1

1

Daddy Nose Best

S. Asmussen

J. Leparoux

7-2

1

Excaper

I. Black

E. Wilson

15-1

1

Jomelo

S. Attard

T. Pizarro

8-1

1

Finale

T. Pletcher

J. Velazquez

1-1

1

Maritimer

S. Attard

L. Contreras

4-1

1

Burn the Mortgage

W. Catalano

R. Dominguez

10-1

1

Making Amends

M. Casse

P. Husbands

12-1