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Trainer Brian Lynch and jockey Richard Dos Ramos pose with the Breeders' Stakes trophy.
The $500,000 Breeders' Stakes is the third and final race of the Canada's Triple Crown restricted to 3-year-olds foaled in Canada. A field of 13 (including filly Silent Wisper) contested the 120th renewal of this 1 1/2 mile classic, one complete lap of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course on Sunday afternoon. Heavy rains 1/2 an hour before the race downgraded the turf to yielding, however the sun was out during the running with temperatures in the mid 80's. Unfortunately, neither Queen's Plate winner Big Red Mike nor Prince of Wales Stakes winner Golden Moka was entered, making this the sixth consecutive year that the three races will have three different winners. Cognashene was sent off as the 9-4 favorite, making his stakes debut after winning a maiden event at 1 1/4 miles on the turf last out. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Stormy Lord, off his win in the Toronto Cup Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, and 5-1 third choice Born to Act, third behind Stormy Lord in the Toronto Cup.
In the stretch with Miami Deco (inside) passing Stormy Lord and Cognashene.
The $132.10 win payout is a new stakes record, surpassing the old record set a year ago by Perfect Shower's $95.30 mutuel. Miami Deco is the first maiden to win the Breeders' Stakes since 1950.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Miami Deco Dos Ramos 132.10 42.00 17.70 5 Stormy Lord McAleney 5.00 3.80 13 Cognashene Da Silva 3.00 Winning Time: 2:34.24 $2 Exacta 2-5 760.40 $2 Trifecta 2-5-13 5,472.90 $1 Superfecta 2-5-13-4 21,198.75
Left: Miami Deco in the winner's circle. His trainer Brian Lynch said, "As much respect as I have for Roger Attfield, "I wanted to top him at 65-1. I give (owners Jim and Susan Hill) full credit to have the faith in me to supplement a horse, a maiden, in a race like this. I just felt that this particular group, as many good horses as there were in there, probably there was no real legitimate standout."
Right: Trainer Brian Lynch leads Miami Deco as he parades for the fans.
Left: Miami Deco in the post parade. His trainer Brian Lynch said, "He's a galloper and can gallop all day. He's got a good, long stride and can clip along at a good gallop and then quicken up the last 3/8. When you're going 1 1/2 if one can sustain it and quicken up the last part you're golden."
Right: Miami Deco in the paddock before the race. Jockey Richard Dos Ramos said, "Brian told me this horse would gallop along and I could put him anywhere I wanted and with the softer going he'd like that even more. He was absolutely right."
Left: Miami Deco behind the starting gate. His jockey Richard Dos Ramos said, "I had never been on the horse before, but he ran hard for me. I'm just glad I had the opportunity to ride for Brian today. I stayed on the rail for most of the race until I needed some room to make a run so I moved him to the outside. But I saw the front horses drifting out so I dropped to the inside figuring it would be a little better and he just took off with me from there."
Right: The horses break from the gate for the 120th Breeders' Stakes.
Left: Second place finisher Stormy Lord in the paddock before the race. His jockey Jim McAleney said, "It really was bittersweet. He ran his race. He was deserving of the win. He fought hard, fended everybody off and got beat late. He ran a dynamite race."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Cognashene returns after the race. His jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said, "I had a perfect trip. I drew an inside post, so I saved as much ground as I could on the first turn and in the backstretch, stuck there along the rail. He was a little more sharp than I expected. I knew he'd get the distance. I thought he ran a very good race, he gave me everything he had down the lane. He'll only get better."
20-1 Desire and Fire sprinted away from the field exiting the chute and she set fast fractions of 23.81, 46.93, and 1:11.60 over the good turf course while as many as 8 1/2 lengths in front of San Nicola Whiskey who stalked her in second. Entering the stretch, Desire and Fire's stride shortened, as favorite Impossible Time, who rated in third down the backstretch, easily corralled her at the 3/16 pole. Impossible Time drew away late to win by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:43.15. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back from pacesetter Desire and Fire to 29-1 Black Bikini third.
Winning jockey Jono Jones said, "She's a runner. At no point in the race was I ever concerned. My filly was much the best and she ran like she was much the best." This was her fourth win in her last 5 starts and her second career stakes win.
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