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2018 Singspiel Stakes

Shahroze and jockey Alan Garcia return after winning the 2018 Singspiel Stakes
Date: 6/23/2018

Since its inaugural running in 1997, the $125,000 Singspiel Stakes (G3) was on the Queen's Plate undercard, usually run immediately after the visiting Royal or representative has arrived. However, this year the 1 1/2 mile trip, comprising one complete lap of Woodbine, E.P. Taylor Turf Course, was moved a week earlier. Conditions were excellent at the historic Toronto oval, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 60's, the track mostly avoiding the rainshowers that passed through the region. The temporary rail was set out in Lane 3 (30 feet out) and the GoingStick reading was 11.8 (firm).

A field of 8 went to post with Danish Dynaformer sent off as the lukewarm 5-2 favorite, winless since the 2016 running and coming off a 2nd place finish in a Woodbine allowance after finishing 5th in the Elkhorn (G2). In to challenge him included 15-4 second choice Johnny Bear, winless since last year's Northern Dancer (G1) and 5th in an allowance last out, and 4-1 third choice Camelot Kitten, winner of the Kentucky Cup Classic before finishing 7th in both the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) and the Connaught Cup (G2).

The stretch run with winner Shahroze leading on the outside.

Jockey Steve Bahen sent 6-1 Final Copy to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 25.33, 50.33, 1:14.07, 1:38.03, and 2:02.00 while pressed by 35-1 Seeking Albert and stalked by 55-1 English Illusion. Entering the stretch, Final Copy tired as jockey Alan Garcia, last for the first mile aboard 11-2 Shahroze, came out 5 wide for room and swept to the lead through 9f in 1:51.82. Kept to task by Garcia, Shahroze drew away late to win by 2 lengths over late-running 5-1 Pumpkin Rumble in 2:25.65, just 5/100 second off Raintrap's course record set in the 1994 Canadian International (G1). It was another length back to pacesetter Final Copy third, while favorite Danish Dynaformer sat 5th early but showed no rally, checking in 6th beaten 10 1/2 lengths.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   Shahroze           Garcia          13.20    5.40  4.20
 8   Pumpkin Rumble     Da Silva                 5.00  3.70
 5   Final Copy         Bahen                          4.80

Winning Time:  2:25.65

$2 Exacta 2-8                86.20
$2 Trifecta 2-8-5           187.90
$1 Superfecta 2-8-5-1       760.70
Full results chart from DRF

Left: Shahroze in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Alan Garcia said, "Today he was very impressive. He broke well and then was squished out of there and then was last and saved all the ground. When we came turning for home, I said, ‘Let me go wide’ because I have plenty of horse and then he did his job. Graham (Motion) gave me instructions to save some ground, get covered up, and come with a good run, so he did."

Right: Shahroze heads back to the barn after the race.

Left: Shahroze heads out of the paddock before the race. Garcia added, "I wanted to be a little closer to the pace today, but he got that problem in the break. After that, turning for home I let him run and he kicked away from everybody."

Right: Shahroze returns after the race. All the jockeys in the race wore black bands on their right leg to honour the memory of Shantel Lanerie, wife of Kentucky-based rider Corey Lanerie, who passed away from cancer Friday aged 42. Garcia said, "I want to say to the family of Corey Lanerie, who's wife passed away yesterday, I want to wish peace to him and all the family. I'm very sad to hear his wife passed away."

Left: Second place finisher Pumpkin Rumble gets a hug behind the starting gate. The Kevin Attard trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 8 seconds, and 8 thirds in 37 starts, earning $438,667 for owners Al and Bill Ulwelling.

Right: Third place finisher Final Copy in the post parade. The Roger Attfield trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 14 starts, earning $256,720 for owner-breeder Chiefswood Stable Limited.

Left: Sixth place finisher and beaten favorite Danish Dynaformer crosses the finish line. The Roger Attfield trainee has a record of 5 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 26 starts, earning $764,645 for owner-breeder Charles Fipke.

Right: The horses break from the gate for the Singspiel.

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