06/25/2011 3:32PM

Woodbine: Upperline finishes fast to win Trillium

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Michael Burns
Upperline runs away from her rivals in the stretch to win the Trillium at Woodbine on Saturday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Upperline, under a rousing rider by Emme-Jayne Wilson, took over through the final furlong and prevailed by a 3 1/2 lengths in Saturday’s $103,400 Trillium. The Trillium was one of four stakes run at Woodbine on a card topped by the Grade 2 Kingh Edward Stakes.

Bubble Gum, making her seasonal bow, moved up to engage the front-running Oil Painting after a half-mile had been run in the 1 1/8-mile Trillium and appeared to be headed for victory turning for home before Upperline launched her bid. Bubble Gum finished second, followed by Milwaukee Appeal, Oil Painting and Maristar in the overnight stakes for fillies and mares. Mekong Melody was scratched.

Wilson said that Upperline had some trouble at the start.

“I was anticipating for her to be a little closer, but she was shuffled back,” Wilson said. “But I’d watched tapes of her races and I knew she’d come home strong.”

Upperline was invading from Arlington Park for trainer Michael Stidham, who was on hand for the victory. Upperline returned $6.50 as the second choice while winning her fourth race in seven tries on Polytrack. She ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.64.

“She’s a pretty consistent horse on all surfaces,” said Stidham. “But she does really love a synthetic surface.”

Maristar, also invading from Arlington and trained by Gerard Butler, was sent off as the 6-5 choice but finished a virtually eased up fifth under jockey Garrett Gomez.

Also on Saturday, Clement Rock, under leading rider Luis Contreras, rallied from off the pace to score by 2 1/4 lengths in the $100,400 Charlie Barley, a one-mile overnight turf stakes for 3-year-olds.

Something Extra, at almost 15-1, led for most of the way before being collared at the eighth pole and finishing second. Thundering Waters was third at 18-1 and Walker’s Landing, the even-money choice, ran fourth after getting off to a very slow start. Silverleo, Nine O Wonderful, Celtic Conviction and Top Pit Boss completed the order of finish.

Clement Rock returned $8.50 as the second choice in the Charlie Barley. He ran the mile in 1:36.59.

A half-sister to the top turf sprinter Bridgetown, Clement Rock was making his third start and recording his second straight win for owner/breeder Eugene Melnyk and trainer Mark Casse.

Clement Rock raced sixth in the field of eight through the early going but began to advance between horses around the final turn. After being blocked in upper stretch, Clement Rock swung to the inside in midstretch and went on to the convincing victory.

“He’s a nice horse,” said Contreras, who also was aboard when Clement Rock won his maiden in his local bow over 1 1/16 miles of turf here June 10. “You can place him wherever you want.”