Miss Concerto Gives Upsetting Performance

Miss Concerto pulled a 30-1 upset in Saturday's $179,350 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.

A hot early pace was just what the connections of Miss Concerto hoped for. The 4-year-old filly, one of two Sid Attard-trained entrants, captured the seven-furlong event for her fourth win on the campaign from 13 starts.

The daughter of Concerto watched the early leaders, including Stonington who is also conditioned by Attard, duel through quick splits of :22.67, :44.87 and 1:10.71, before a composed Corey Fraser found a seam between horses at the head of the stretch.

After battling a game Ontario Fashion Stakes winner Colonial Surprise to her inside, Miss Concerto came away with a decisive lead, crossing the wire a two-length winner in a time of 1:25 over a "fast" main track.

It was the sixth win from 24 starts for the Florida-bred, another successful claim by Attard, who purchased the dark bay at the behest of owner Tucci Stables for $50,000 on July 31.

"In the end, it doesn't matter who picks them," said Lou Tucci. "Time and time again, we claim horses with Sid that don't win the race we claim them from and what does he do? He improves them. Nobody does it better."

For journeyman Fraser, who will finish second behind Emma-Jayne Wilson in the Toronto oval jockey standings, it was yet another feather in his cap in what has been a superb second year at the races.

"(The race) worked out nicely," said Fraser in notching his fifth Woodbine added-money victory on the year. "Around the turn, they spread it out a bit and gave me a nice lane to save some ground."

Miss Concerto, who now has $299,051 in earnings, returned $62, $24.60, and $12.40, combining with Colonial Surprise ($5.10, $4.10) for a $470.40 exacta. Hatpin ($5.30) completed the healthy $3,616.70 trifecta.

(Chart, Equibase)