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Gary Boulanger and Wild Catomine head to the winner's circle after the Fury Stakes.
The $150,000 Fury Stakes at Woodbine is one of the major local preps for the Budweiser Woodbine Oaks, contested at 7 furlongs on Polytrack for 3-year-old fillies foaled in Canada. Conditions were excellent with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 60's, but with the field facing a 30 mile per hour headwind through the stretch.
Wild Catomine (rail) duels with Hot and Spicy and Lexie Lou down the stretch
Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson sent 16-1 Wild N Clever to the lead exiting the chute and she set quick fractions of 22.35 and 44.52 while stalked by Wild Catomine and 14-1 Skylander. Entering the lane, Wild N Clever and Skylander both tired, allowing Wild Catomine to inherit a short lead through 3/4 in 1:09.24. Hot and Spicy, fifth early, came through between horses and Lexie Lou rallied on the outside, setting up a three-way battle to the line. At the finish, Wild Catomine held off Hot and Spicy by 1/2 a length in 1:22.42. It was just a head back to favorite Lexie Lou third, and 3 3/4 more to the rest of the field.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Wild Catomine Boulanger 13.00 6.80 3.90 1 Hot and Spicy Contreras 5.00 3.60 7 Lexie Lou Husbands 2.50 Winning Time: 1:22.42 $2 Exacta 6-1 53.20 $2 Trifecta 6-1-7 125.80 $1 Superfecta 6-1-7-5 403.20
Left: Wild Catomine in the winner's circle. Kathryn Sullivan, assistant to winning trainer Mark Casse said, "She was really on the muscle today. We had some anxious moments in the paddock when she reared up so we took out the tongue tie to relax her again and that paid off for us." She improved her unbeaten record to 2 wins in 2 starts, earning $131,286 for owner John Oxley.
Right: Wild Catomine heads back to the barn.
Left: Wild Catomine returns after the race.
Right: Wild Catomine in the post parade. Winning jockey Gary Boulanger said, "I had a great trip. She broke good and I figured Emma (Wilson aboard Wild N Clever) would be the speed, so I tracked her. She's worked in the morning beside horses and behind horses, so she's well-schooled that way. She showed a lot of class. I'm grateful Mark (Casse) let me stay on her. The sky's the limit as to how far she goes."
Left: Second place finisher Hot and Spicy in the post parade. The 5-2 second choice raced 5th 3 1/2 lengths off the pace under jockey Luis Contreras, then came through between horses to get second beaten just 1/2 a length. The H. James Bond trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 second in 2 starts, earning $50,925 for owner William Clifton Jr.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Lexie Lou heads into the paddock. The 8-5 choice was 6th early, 4 lengths off the pace under new jockey Patrick Husbands, then rallied late but just missed second place in a photo. The Mark Casse trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, earning $333,078 for owner Gary Barber.
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