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2023 Eclipse Stakes at Woodbine

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Trainer Josie Carroll leads Treason and jockey Kazushi Kimura to the winner's circle after the 2023 Eclipse Stakes at Woodbine.
Date: 6/04/2023

The feature race on Sunday at Woodbine was the $175,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2) Presented by Don Julio for older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the Tapeta main track. Conditions were excellent for early June in Southern Ontario, with partly cloudy skies and a race time temperature of 20 C (68 F). Kentucky Cup Classic winner Wolfie's Dynaghost was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of 11 off his 6th place finish in the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (G1). In to challenge him included 11-2 second choice Tyson, making his stakes debut after winning his first 2 career starts, and 6-1 third choice Treason, unraced since finishing fourth in the Autumn Stakes (G3) in November.
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Treason leads down the stretch in the Eclipse Stakes.

Wolfie's Dynaghost under John Velazquez and 11-1 War Bomber under Sahin Civaci dueled on the front end first time by and around the clubhouse turn through fractions of 24.80, 48.74, and 1:11.54 while stalked by Treason and 13-1 Carrothers. Turning for home, the pacesetters tired allowing Treason to take over through 1 mile in 1:36.49. Kept to task by Kazushi Kimura, Treason drew off late to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Carrothers in 1:43.09. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Tyson third, while favorite Wolfie's Dynaghost faded late to finish fifth beaten 6 1/2 lengths.
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Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 7   Treason            Kimura          14.60    7.30  4.90
10   Carrothers         Carroll                 10.80  6.30
 4   Tyson              Husbands                       4.80

Winning Time:  1:43.09

$1 Exacta 7-10               59.35
$1 Trifecta 7-10-4          329.30
$1 Superfecta 7-10-4-5    2,232.25
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Treason in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Josie Carroll said, "When people ask you about what makes you successful with horses, I say patient owners, owners that give you the opportunity to let their horses develop and do what they can do. I knew that this horse had a little bit higher cruising speed than my other horse [Tyson], but they were both going to be right there. Treason is just a good horse. We thought he was a good horse from the beginning, and he really proved himself today."

Right: Treason gets hosed off after the race.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Treason heads to the track before the race. Winning jockey Kazushi Kimura said, "He's a natural speed horse, that's why when I get on him in the morning, I just try and take it easy. Today, he was really comfortable beside the horse in the backstretch. Everything was going smooth. I was just trying to make sure to stay with Johnny's [Velazquez] horse [Wolfie's Dynaghost], but he really exploded and picked it up really quick from the three-eighths."

Right: Treason in the post parade.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Carrothers heads to the track before the race. The Martin Drexler trainee improved his record to 7 wins 1 second, and 1 third in 20 starts, earning $210,907 for owner Mad Dog Racing Stable.

Right: Third place finisher Tyson walks over before the race. The Josie Carroll trainee improved his record to 2 wins and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $78,033 for owner-breeder Hill 'N' Dale Equine Holdings (John G. Sikura) and Stretch Run Ventures.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Wolfie's Dynaghost returns after the race. The Jonathan Thomas trainee has a record of 7 wins, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds in 21 starts, earning $599,413 for owner-breeder Woodslane Farm.

Right: The horses break from the gate for the Eclipse Stakes.

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Rockcrest wins the Pink Lloyd Stakes

The $100,000 Pink Lloyd Stakes over 6 furlongs on Tapeta originally drew a field of 13 older Ontario-sired horses, but after two scratches (one at the starting gate), 11 made the gate. The race was originally run as the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes, but renamed this year in honour of the multiple Sovereign Award winning sprinter and 2023 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee, who retired in 2021 after winning 29 of 38 starts and earning over $2.4 million. Pink Lloyd, now 11, is enjoying his retirement at LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement in Hillsburgh. Jacques Cartier Stakes (G3) fourth place finisher Candy Overload was the 6-5 favorite over 9-2 second choice Secret Reserve, third in an allowance last out, and 5-1 third choice Miss Speedy, second in the Whimsical (G3).

Jockey Keveh Nicholls sent 6-1 fourth choice Rockcrest to the lead down the backstretch through fractions of 23.46 and 45.53 while pressed by Miss Speedy and stalked by 15-1 Mason's Gamble. Turning for home, Rockcrest opened up a 3 length lead through 5f in 57.08, and easily held off late-running favorite Candy Overload to win by 2 lengths in 1:09.68. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to 52-1 Last American Exit third.

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horse racinghorse racingLeft: Rockcrest in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Keveh Nicholls, celebrating his first Woodbine stakes win said, "Once he left there running, he got the lead easy. There was no one around to really pressure. He was really relaxed, and I was smiling from there."

Right: Rockcrest walks over before the race. Winning owner-trainer Nigel Burke said, "The feeling is indescribable because he makes me feel like I could compete with the big boys being from a small operation. As you saw, he puts his heart out on the table all the time and that's all I could ask of him. I did promise that if I ever made it across again to this green horseshoe you guys gave me a lot of credit for Rockcrest that I would thank Dylan Dunn, his exercise rider, who has done a tremendous job with him. His groom, Brian, too. You couldn't ask for a better team behind him. It's a team thing."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Candy Overload returns after the race. The Mark Casse trainee improved his record to 5 wins, 6 seconds, and 2 thirds in 20 starts, earning $356,976 for owners Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber.

Right: Third place finisher Last American Exit walks over before the race. The Harold Ladouceur trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 9 seconds, and 3 thirds in 27 starts, earning $343m263 for owner Kirk Sutherland.

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