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Classic Stamp and jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson both smile after winning the Canadian Handicap.

2005 Atto Mile Undercard Results

Dateline: 09/18/05

On the undercard of the Atto Mile were two other stakes events also around 1 turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. The Grade 2 Bell Canadian Handicap featured older fillies and mares going "about" 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The lukewarm 5-2 favorite was Shaconage with rider Brice Blanc shipping in from California. 7-1 shot Black Rock Road and 24-1 longest shot Velvet Snow battled it out down the backstretch for the first half mile, through fractions of 23.31 and 48.25 over the soft going. Shaconage settled in a stalking fourth. Rounding the turn, 8-1 shot and defending champ Classic Stamp was hitting her best stride, finding a hole on the inside and passing the field after racing fifth early. With a furlong to go, Classic Stamp was 1 1/2 lengths clear with 6-1 shot Ambitious Cat closing down the center of the course. However, Classic Stamp and jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson easily held off the late challenge to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:47.25. It was just 3/4 lengths more back to 6-1 shot Mona Rose in third, while favored Shaconage tired in the stretch and finished last.

The Canadian Handicap

Purse: $250,000     Distance: 1 1/8 mile turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Classic Stamp      Wilson          17.60    7.70  5.10
 8   Ambitious Cat      Husbands                 7.30  3.70
 9   Mona Rose          Da Silva                       6.20

Classic Stamp winning the Canadian Handicap.
Winning Time: 1:47.25 $2 Exacta 2-8 125.10 $2 Trifecta 2-8-9 1143.80 $1 Superfecta 2-8-9-4 4857.75
Results chart Race 6

Classic Stamp in the winner's circle. The win was the first stakes victory for jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson who is also currently the leading rider of the meet. Wilson said, "I've known this filly for a long time. I have a good rapport with her. She's just an amazing kid." About the race she added, "As we came around the turn, I was worried about the speed backing up on us. She's a big strong, powerful filly. I knew if there was a hole and I pointed her in the right direction, she’d get us there."

The other undercard stakes race was the Grade 2 Summer Stakes featured 2-year-olds going 1 mile on the turf. Todd Pletcher trainee Baur au Lac was sent off as the 9-10 favorite in a field of 7 going for a purse of $284,300. Jockey John Velazquez sent the favorite to the front through a quarter in 23.03 over the soft course, then 16-1 longshot Bear's Kid took over entering the turn, getting the half in 47.00. Rounding the turn, Baur au Lac stopped badly, eventually finishing last, as Bear's Kid held a 2-length lead at the top of the stretch. Through the lane, 9-2 third choice Badge of Truth made a late bid from fifth early, but was no match for Bear's Kid who easily held him off by 1 3/4 lengths at the line in a time of 1:40.35. It was a long 4 1/2 lengths back to 7-1 shot Wedding Singer in third.

The Summer Stakes

Purse: $250,000     Distance: 1 mile turf

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Bear's Kid         McAleney        33.10    9.50  6.00
 7   Badge of Truth     Jones                    4.10  2.90
 9   Wedding Singer     Valenzuela                     4.90

Bear's Kid wins by 1 3/4 lengths in the Summer Stakes.
Winning Time: 1:40.55 $2 Exacta 2-7 128.10 $2 Trifecta 2-7-9 791.70
Results chart Race 3

Bear's Kid heads for the winner's circle. Winning jockey Jim McAleney said, "(Trainer) Reade (Baker) had given me permission to do what was necessary. I was going to sit back off the one horse from New York. We were going too slow and this horse didn't want to go that easy, so I let him stretch it out a little bit and pick up the tempo. We actually had really easy splits around the turn. It was like a gallop for him. I was able to get him running again before the head of the stretch. He finished tremendous."

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