Classic Win for Fifth Overture in Seaway

Fifth Overture put together her fourth win in a row with a three-length victory in the $175,800 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) for fillies and mares Saturday at Woodbine.

Owned by Chiefswood Stable and trained by Eric Coatrieux, the 4-year-old daughter of Pulpit turned in a quick clocking of 1:21 4/5 for the seven furlongs contested on a fast track.

"I have to give all the credit to Eric and his crew," said winning jockey Robert Landry, who won the 1997 Seaway with Santa Amelia.

"They've done a tremendous job with this filly. She's come a long way. Right now they've got her on the top of her game. It makes my job pretty easy."

Fifth Overture launched her winning streak at Woodbine on May 28, a 5 1/4-length score at 6 1/2-furlongs. Fifth Overture also took the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too Stakes on July 3 and came into the Seaway off a 6 1/2-length romp in her prep on Aug. 20, also at the Toronto oval.

The Kathryn Nikkel and Sanford Robertson-bred dark bay tracked pacesetter La Trillium through early fractions of :22 4/5 for the quarter and :45 3/5 for the half, gained along the rail late into the turn and made her bid in upper stretch. Fifth Overture moved clear and then continued to widen under light handling from Landry.

Finishing second was Silver Bird, while La Trillium held for third, three-quarters of a length back of the runner-up.

Sent off as the overwhelming favorite, the Kentucky-bred Fifth Overture now has $367,021 in earnings with Saturday's winning purse of $98,100.

Fifth Overture returned $3.00, $2.20, and $2.10. Silver Bird paid $2.90 and $2.50, and La Trillium was $4.20 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)