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Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva and Ciuri head to the winner's circle after Lady Angela Stakes.
The Queen's Plate Festival weekend officially kicked off on Friday afternoon during the first twilight card of the year. It was cloudy with passing rainshowers with the temperature of 28 C (83 F). The feature race was the $100,000 Lady Angela Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies sprinting 7 furlongs on the main Tapeta track.
Ciuri leads in the stretch.
Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva sent Ciuri to the lead exiting the chute and she set fractions of 23.19 and 46.20 while pressed by Sav and stalked by Brookies Bear Entering the stretch Ciuri opened up a 2 length advantage through 3/4 in 1:10.61. Jockey Jesse Campbell and Sav attempted to close late but Ciuri was up to the challenge, holding her off to win by a neck in 1:23.42. it was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Brookies Bear third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Ciuri Da Silva 5.80 2.70 2.20 2 Sav Campbell 2.60 2.20 1 Brookies Bear Contreras 2.60 Winning Time: 1:23.42 $1 Exacta 4-2 6.35 $1 Trifecta 4-2-1 15.05 $1 Superfecta 4-2-1-5 30.30
Left: Ciuri in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bob Tiller said, "She's a classy little girl. She's a real tryer; she's got some heart. We kind of stole her at the (Woodbine Select Yearling) sale (for just $20,000). She's a classy little girl. She's a real tryer; she's got some heart." Tiller added he may try her on the turf next time out.
Right: Ciuri in the post parade. Winning jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said, "She ran a great race; she was very, very relaxed. She handled seven-eighths. Seven-eighths and one yard, I don't know."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Sav returns after the race. The 7-5 choice pressed the pace the whole way under Jesse Campbell but could not pass the pacesetter. The Ricky Griffith trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 0 thirds in 6 starts, earning $108,898 for owner Steven Duffield.
Right: Third place finisher Brookies Bear in the post parade. The 4-1 third choice stalked the pace in 3rd unde Luis Contreras but could not improve late. The Ashlee Brnjas trainee improved her record to 1 win, 0 seconds, and 3 thirds in 5 starts, earning $38,621 for owner-breeder Colebrook Farms and co-owners Bear Stables and Mickey Demers.
When the field broke from the gate parked at the 1/8 pole (right), track announcer Robert Geller said, "A new chapter in the history of Woodbine, the inner turf underway." During a press conference earlier in the day, Lawson said that the new course features a fiber growing medium and drainage system similar to that used in Hong Kong, so it can hold up in wet weather better than the main E.P. Taylor turf course on the outside.
The first race on the inner turf featured a field of 9 older horses in for a claiming price of $25,000, for a purse of $37,500. 26-1 Immunity and 6-1 Differential dueled for the lead through fractions of 23.07, 46.69, and 1:10.00 while staled by 11-2 Admirals Cove and 5-2 favorite Forest Brother. Entering the stretch, 5-1 second choice Chiricahua Signal, 5th early under Kazushi Kimura, moved up to lead midstretch through 7f in 1:23.95, but 11-4 second choice Bold Rally, 7th early under Eurico Rosa da Silva, came through between horses to get up by a head over late-running 13-1 Badjeros Boy in a "new course record" of 1:36.18 over the firm going. It was a long 3 lengths back to Chiricahua Signal third.
Winning jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said, "It feels super. The turf is like carpet. The turn is so good. I feel like it's going to be a small, little park for me to play there, it's really, really nice. I have a great feeling."
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