05/02/2013 10:15AM

Woodbine: Rootham Triple E's tries seven furlongs in Fury


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Star Shoot Stakes winner Rootham Triple E’s returns on short rest Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Fury Stakes, a seven-furlong test for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies.

The Fury, which is a stepping-stone toward the June 9 Woodbine Oaks, also has reigning Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Spring in the Air and stakes winner Aunt Els among its 10-horse field.

Rootham Triple E’s performed well in restricted company at 2, before contesting the open Star Shoot after a winter vacation April 20. Sent off at 9-1 in the six-furlong sprint, she stalked the early leaders before making a bold inside bid on the turn en route to a half-length tally over favored Leinan.

Trainer Sam DiPasquale said the Fury was the target for Rootham Triple E’s before her comeback race.

“If she ran big in the Star Shoot, we were going to run her back,” DiPasquale explained. “So far, she hasn’t shown any signs of a bounce. She came out of it very good. She’s a very talented filly. How far will she go? That’s what we’re using this race for. Obviously, everybody dreams of the Oaks.”

DiPasquale said he has reason to believe that Rootham Triple E’s will handle the stretch-out to seven furlongs.

“I watched her gallop out after the [Star Shoot], and I thought she did well,” DiPasquale recalled. “And I had only trained her to go five-eighths.”

Tyler Pizarro inherits the mount on Rootham Triple E’s from Justin Stein, who had a previous commitment to Aunt Els.

Spring in the Air captured the Grade 1 Alcibiades in October at Keeneland before ending up fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. She was a distant ninth in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland, after closing for second behind stablemate Spring Venture in the filly division of the OBS Championship Stakes on March 11.

“I don’t really know what happened to her in the Ashland,” trainer Mark Casse said. “We’re just trying to regroup. I would think seven-eighths will be just fine for her.”

Casse also entered Bold Birdie, who was a belated third after missing the break in a five-furlong allowance here opening day, April 20.

“I was concerned that the race was way too short for her, but she did all right,” Casse said.

Aunt Els improved dramatically during her three-race win streak in the fall, which concluded with a victory over Original Script in the 1 1/16-mile Ontario Lassie Stakes.

Original Script has started once since the Dec. 9 Lassie, which was a 40-length loss to Dreaming of Julia in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks. This will be her first race with Lasix.