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Kazushi Kimura celebrates aboard Gun Society after the South Ocean Stakes.
The feature race on Saturday at Woodbine was the $100,000 South Ocean Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather Tapeta main track. Conditions were typical for mid November in Toronto, with cloudy skies and a race time temperature of -4 C (25 F). Owlette was sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the field of 6 off a 3 race win streak including the Shady Well and the Victorian Queen Stakes. In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice She's a Dream, fifth in the Princess Elizabeth last out after finishing 3rd in the Victorian Queen, and 7-1 third choice Gun Society, off her maiden win in her 5th try, all on turf and making her Tapeta debut here. Due to the prohibitive odds on Owlette and the short field, show wagering was cancelled.
Gun Society on the outside challenges Owlette in the stretch.
Jockey Nik Juarez sent Owlette to the lead first time by and she set fractions of 23.03, 46.73 and 1:12.30 while pressed by She's a Dream and stalked by 63-1 longest shot Bambarra Bay and 9-1 Wake Up Maggie. Turning for home, jockey Kazushi Kimura, last early aboard Gun Society, came out 3 wide for room and moved up to challenge Owelette at the 3/16 pole through 1 mile in 1:38.49. The pair dueled to the line with Gun Society prevailing late to win by 1/2 a length in 1:45.34. It was a long 4 lengths back to 20-1 November Fog third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Gun Society Kimura 16.10 3.90 - 2 Owlette Juarez 2.10 - 4 November Fog Husbands - Winning Time: 1:45.34 $1 Exacta 5-2 15.80 $1 Trifecta 5-2-4 67.70 $1 Superfecta 5-2-4-1 89.90
Left: Gun Society in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Kazushi Kimura said, "When she got on Tapeta in the morning, she felt so nice. So many fast horses (up front) but when I got to the homestretch she just kept going. She's such a nice horse, I trust her (to outfinish the pacesetter). I've got so much help from a lot of trainers and grooms and so many people that's why I just appreciate everybody."
Right: Gun Society heads out to the track before the race. She improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 6 starts, earning $131,801 for owner-breeder and trainer Roger Attfield.
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Owlette heads out to the track before the race. The 2-5 favorite set the pace under new jockey Nik Juarez but was unable to hold off the winner. The Wesley Ward trainee improved her record to 3 wins and 2 seconds in 5 starts, earning $174,157 for owner Ten Broeck Farm.
Right: Third place finisher November Fog returns after the race. The 20-1 longshot was unhurried in 5th 9 lengths off the pace under Patrick Husbands then rallied to get third beaten 4 1/2 lengths. She improved her record to 1 win, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 5 starts, earning $42,549 for owner-trainer Sarah Ritchie and co-owner Richard Moylan.
The horses break from the gate for the South Ocean Stakes.
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