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Miss Dracarys with Javier Castellano aboard head to the winner's circle after the Dance Smartly Stakes (G2).
King's Plate Day is one of the biggest racedays of the year at Woodbine and always attracts the largest crowd of the year, and this was no exception with the event selling out of all tickets (seating and general admission) 6 days in advance. Conditions were typical for late August in Southern Ontario, with cloudy skies and a daytime high of 28.6 C (83.5 F) and the turf courses firm (Tapeta is always officially rated fast). The 13-race card generated a new Plate day record all-sources handle of $18,127,726.73, now that Woodbine's pools are available worldwide through Bet365.
Immediately before the Plate, the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (G2) featured a field of 7 older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the Taylor turf. 2022 Canadian Horse of the Year Moira was sent off as the 11-10 favorite off second place finishes in the Belle Mahone (G2) and Nassau (G2), over 9-4 second choice Salimah, an allowance winner after finishing 7th in the American Oaks (G1), and 4-1 third choice Miss Dracarys, unraced since winning the Forever Together Stakes in November.
Jockey Javier Castellano sent Miss Dracarys to the lead through fractions of 24.07, 47.91, and 1:11.02 while pressed by Salimah and stalked by Moira. Turning for home, Miss Dracarys continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:33.57, and held off Moira late to win by a length in 1:39.60. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to late-running 17-1 Ready Lady third.
Left: Miss Dracarys in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Neil Drysdale said, "I thought she ran well. She trained up to the race very well. I think she's improved as a 5-year-old. And we're looking for more."
Right: Miss Dracarys gets hosed off after the race.
Left: Miss Dracarys in the post parade. Drysdale added, "She was improving at the end of last year. She was given a rest. The good thing is she's come back well, maybe better."
Right: Miss Dracarys heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Moira returns after the race. The Kevin Attard trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 4 seconds, and 0 thirds in 10 starts, earning $1,062,579 for owners X-Men Racing, Madaket Stables, and SF Racing.
Right: Third place finisher Ready Lady in the post parade. The Roger Attfield trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 0 seconds, and 4 thirds in 13 starts, earning $159,540 for owner-breeder Charles Fipke.
A field of 8 older horses contested the $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes (G3) over 6 1/2 furlongs on Tapeta. Lake Huron Stakes and Lake Superior Stakes winner Patches O'Houlihan was sent off as the 2-1 favorite over 3-1 second choice Candy Overload, 2nd in the Pink Lloyd Stakes, and 7-2 third choice Old Chestnut, 5th in the Connaught Cup (G2).
Jockey Daisuke Fukumoto sent Patches O'Houlihan to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 22.68 and 44.61 while pressed by Old Chestnut and stalked by 45-1 Last American Exit. Into the lane Patches O'Houlihan continued to lead and held off Last American Exit the rest of the way to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:15.34. It was another 1/2 length back to Old Chestnut third.
Left: Patches O'Houlihan in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Daisuke Fukumoto said, "I looked at the [Daily Racing] Form. I knew my speed in the race, but you know, anything can happen. I just rode simple, rode good. I went inside and then took the lead. He's only three, right? It was a tough trip for him and he tried hard. He's a nice horse."
Right: Patches O'Houlihan gets a drink after the race. Winning trainer Bob Tiller said, "I've got to give (co-owner) Frank *(DiGiulio) a lot of credit. We test each other. It's like a marriage. At the end of the day, this is a super good horse. I don't want to say he's a Pink Lloyd, but he's a super good horse. This is a big thrill for me."
Left: Second place finisher Last American Exit in the post parade. The Harold Ladouceur trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 11 seconds, and 3 thirds in 30 starts, earning $385,308 for owner Kirk Sutherland.
Right: Third place finisher Old Chestnut returns after the race. The Martin Drexler trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 5 thirds in 27 starts, earning $261,394 for owner Bruno Schickedanz.
Kicking off the Saturday stakes quartet was the $125,000 Catch A Glimpse Stakes for 3-year-old fillies sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Maiden winner at second asking Ready to Jam was sent off as the 3-2 favorite over 3-1 second choice Airosa, also off a maiden win at second asking, and 13-2 third choice Bolt Enoree, 4th in the My Dear Stakes after winning her debut.
Jockey Javier Castellano sent Bolt Enoree to the lead through fractions of 21.87 and 44.27 while pressed by 43-1 longest shot Crafty Oaks and stalked by 7-1 fourth choice Living Magic. Turnig for home Bolt Enoree tired as Airosa, 4th early under Rafael Hernandez, came through on the inside to win by a length over late-running favorite Ready to Jam in 1:14.68. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to 20-1 Never Silent third.
Left: Airosa in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Rafael Hernandez said, "She just gets better and better. I was just waiting for the hole to open and just go on through." Trainer Kevin Attard added, "She was breezing really well. When we got her on the turf she worked well over it, and so far she's 2 for 2 on it. She works well on the synthetic but obviously we're going to head to the Natalma."
Right: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Ready to Jam. The Mark Casse trainee improved her record to 1 win, 1 second, and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $57,072 for owners Gary Barber and D.J. Stable.
The $125,000 Soaring Free Stakes featured a field of 9 two-year-olds sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Debut winner Rhapsody was sent off as the 3-2 favorite over 5-1 second choice Bucyk, a maiden winner at second asking, and 11-2 third choice Dancing Duchess, second in the My Dear Stakes.
Jockey Sahin Civaci sent 15-2 fifth choice Golden Canary to the lead through fractions of 23.66 and 46.92 while pressed by Dancing Duchess and stalked by 8-1 Four Strong Winds. In the stretch Golden Canary continued to lead through 3/4 in 1:09.52. Dancing Duchess closed late but Golden Canary held her off to win by a neck in 1:15.47. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to favorite Rhapsody third. Although the race is open to both genders, the first three finishers are all fillies.
Left: Golden Canary in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Mark Casse who trains the first two finishers said, "We never have a problem running the girls against the boys. We were confident. I felt pretty good about both of them and they both showed up."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Rhapsody returns after the race. The Kevin Attard trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $41,825 for owners X-Men Racing, Madaket Stables, and SF Racing.
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