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2016 Nassau Stakes

Lexie Lou and jockey Patrick Husbands head to the winner's cricle after the 2016 Nassau Stakes.
Date: 5/29/2016

The $200,000 Nassau Stakes (G2) is the first stakes race on the turf in Canada this year, for older fillies and mares going 1 mile around one turn of Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course. Conditions were excellent on the last Sunday in May, under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 80's and a light breeze. Forecasted rains failed to materialize, leaving the turf course firm (GoingStick reading 11.8). After 2015 Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Academic scratched, a field of 9 went to post with Stormy Victoria was sent off as the 7-5 favorite off an allowance win at Belmont Park in her North American debut after starting her career in France. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Strut the Course, winner of last year's Canadian Stakes (G2) and an allowance winner last out, and 6-1 third choice Moon Rainbow, second in an allowance off the layoff last out. Canada's 2014 Horse of the Year Lexie Lou was all but dismissed as the 12-1 fifth choice, winless since the 2014 Autumn Miss (G3) at Santa Anita and third last out in allowance company.

Lexie Lou works her way to the front on the outside in the stretch.

Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva sent Moon Rainbow to the lead immediately and she set fractions of 23.07 and 45.26 while pressed by 13-2 fourth choice Mississippi Delta and stalked by Lexie Lou. On the far turn Mississippi Delta gained the front through 3/4 in 1:08.96, opening up a 1 1/2 length advantage midstretch. Lexie Lou, who drafted behind the pacesetters the whole way, moved out for room and took over the lead inside the 1/16 pole. Kept to task by Patrick Husbands, Lexie Lou outfinished Mississippi Delta by 3/4 lengths in 1:32.98. It was a neck back to late-running Strut the Course third, and another neck to pacesetter Moon Rainbow fourth. Favorite Stormy Victoria checked in 5th.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey              Win   Place  Show
 6   Lexie Lou          Husbands          26.50    9.20  5.10
 1   Mississippi Delta  Bridgmohan                 7.00  4.60
10   Strut the Course   Contreras                        2.80
Winning Time:  1:32.98

$2 Exacta 6-1               136.50
$2 Trifecta 6-1-10          548.40
$1 Superfecta 6-1-10-8    1,168.05
Results chart

Left: Lexie Lou in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Patrick Husbands said, “She’s a funny filly. You’ve got to play with her mind. You've got to let her do what she wants to do. Last time when I rode her, nobody wanted the lead, and she took the lead and quit. She’s happy to be back home. She’s a nice filly. She’s a little champion.”

Right: Lexie Lou gets hosed off after the race.

Left: Lexie Lou heads in to the paddock before the race. The Mark Casse trainee improved her record to 8 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds in 21 starts, earning $1,594,491 for owner Gary Barber.

Right: Lexie Lou in the post parade.

Left: Second place finisher Mississippi Delta in the paddock before the race. The 13-2 fourth choice pressed the pace under Jermaine Bridgmohan, led till the 1/16 pole but could not hold off the winner. The Mark Casse trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 9 starts, earning $263,266 for owner-breeder Mike Rutherford and Jackpot Ranch.

Right: Third place finisher Strut the Course returns after the race. The 5-2 second choice was unhurried sixth 10 lengths off the pace under Luis Contreras then rallied to get third beaten just 1 length. The Barbara Minshall trainee improved her record to 10 wins, 4 seconds, and 3 thirds in 25 starts, earning $982,595 for owner-breeder John Unger.

Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Stormy Victoria heads out of the paddock before the race. The 7-5 choice sat seventh 9 lengths off the pace under Alan Garcia and rallied to get fifth beaten 2 lengths. The Christophe Clement trainee has a record of 3 wins, 0 seconds, and 0 thirds in 10 starts, earning $97,072 for owners Tango Uniform Racing, The Elkstone Group LLC, and Highclere America.

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