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Elfrida Stronach leads Smart Sting to the winner's circle with jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva aboard.
The feature race at Woodbine on Sunday was the $250,000 Selene Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack. Conditions were excellent on the first weekend of the fall season, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's. As expected, Queen's Plate winner Inglorious was sent off as the 9-10 favorite in the field of 5, exiting her disappointing last place finish in the Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. In to challenge her included 9-5 second choice Anne's Beauty, winner of her last two starts, the Duchess and the Ontario Colleen (G3), and 5-1 third choice Dynamic Holiday, winner of the Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream in March but 3rd in the Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga last out.
Down the stretch with Smart Sting drawing away
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Smart Sting Da Silva 13.70 5.20 2.40 1 Anne's Beauty Husbands 3.30 2.10 3 Inglorious Contreras 3.10 Winning Time: 1:43.73 $2 Exacta 2-1 39.90 $2 Trifecta 2-1-3 63.30
Left: Smart Sting in the winner's circle with trainer Roger Attfield at her hip and Elfrida Stronach, wife of owner Frank Stronach, on the far left. Attfield said, "She's been working great on the Polytrack and she's very well right now so why not (take a shot). I said to Eurico in the paddock before the race to just let her run her race. Whatever happens, just let her run, and he gave her a great ride. The filly has a big future, the season's not over yet. Definitely would like to give her the winter off and come back for more next year."
Right: Smart Sting gets hosed off after the race.
Left: Smart Sting in the post parade. Her jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said, "Last time, I think I left a little too much for her to do. This time she was there on the front end, just galloping, and she ran a beautiful race. She made it look very easy, but there was another horse there (Anne's Beauty) watching me and it was not that easy. She ran a great race."
Right: Smart Sting heads to the paddock before the race. She is a daughter of 2000 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Perfect Sting by the stallion Smart Strike.
Left: Second place finisher Anne's Beauty returns after the race. The 9-5 second choice pressed the pace early under regular rider Patrick Husbands, jostled with the favorite in deep stretch but held on to finish second beaten 3 1/2 lengths. The Paul Attard trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 9 starts, earning $403,559 for owner Robert Smithen.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Inglorious in the paddock. The 9-10 favorite stalked the pace in third under regular rider Luis Contreras, bumped with Anne's Beauty late, and was outfinished by a neck for second money, 3 3/4 back of the winner. The Josie Carroll trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 9 starts, earning $1,307,943 for owners Donna and Vern Dubinsky.
Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva sent the favorite Honimiere to the front and she set slow fractions of 26.27, 51.18, 1:16.36, and 1:41.50 while being pressed by Happy Clapper. Into the stretch for the last time, Honimiere began to open up on the field, through 1 1/4 miles in 2:06.25, and finished under wraps 7 1/2 furlogs in front of 4-1 Oregon Lady in 2:31.25. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Happy Clapper third.
Results chart from DRF
Second place finisher Oregon Lady returns after the race.
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