Too Late Now Chases Bison City at Fort Erie
Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2003 9:33 PM
(from Woodbine track report)
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2003 9:33 PM
Come By Chance Stable's Too Late Now faces five challengers in her march toward a Canadian Triple Tiara sweep when the $250,000 Labatt Bison City Stakes, the second jewel of the three-race series, goes to post at Fort Erie on the Canada Day Holiday Tuesday.
Too Late Now, a bay Raj Waki filly trained by Jim Day, will be ridden by her Oaks winning jockey, Robert Landry, in the 1 1/16-mile race.
Too Late Now stayed undefeated in four starts after her wins in the Selene last month and the June 8 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, the latter being the country's top 3-year-old filly race and the first gem of Canada's Triple Tiara.
If she wins the Bison City, it would put her in line to win up to a $350,000 bonus given to the owner of a horse who sweeps the all three races in the program. The final leg is the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Woodbine on Aug. 4.
Day has seen solid signs in his filly, who held off late-charging rival Seeking The Ring to win the Oaks by a head, since the 1 1/8-mile race.
"I like the way Too Late Now has been acting," Day said. "She's been acting better in the last couple of weeks since the Oaks. She been training in a more positive manner. Her breeze the other day was the way I liked to see her work (five furlongs, 1:00 4/5, handily over the Woodbine main track on June 24). It was a better breeze than the one before the Oaks. She finished up strong, and galloped out strong. She's coming into the Bison City in a pretty good state mentally."
Landry, who seeks his second Bison City victory (Catch The Ring, 2000), will ride Too Late Now from post five.
The race has attracted the top four finishers from the Oaks, including Seeking the Ring (post 1, jockey Slade Callaghan, trainer Mark Frostad), third place finisher Santerra (3, Constant Montpellier, Mike Mattine) and fourth-place finisher, Brattothecore (4, Jake Barton, John Ross).
Rounding out the field is Woodbine-based Trust Her from post two for jockey Neil Poznansky and trainer Tino Attard and Fort Erie-based maiden-breaker, Miss Filibuster (post six) for jockey Brian Bochinski and trainer Paul Nielsen.
The race will be shown at Woodbine on the track's full-card simulcast of the races from Fort Erie.
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