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Breeders Cup Wrap-up
Sarah Rook and I'm Boundtoscore head to the winner's circle after the Summer Stakes.
Woodbine Mile weekend kicked off on Saturday with two Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" races for 2-year-olds on the turf, each contested at 1 mile around 1 turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. After heavy rains on Friday afternoon, the turf course was yielding with competitors enjoying partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 60's.
A field of 8 juveniles went to post in the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G2), with Best Play sent off as the 5-2 favorite off a second place finish in his debut last out. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Archer Hill, a debut winner on the Saratoga turf, and 4-1 third choice Indiano Jones, who broke his maiden at second asking.
I'm Boundtoscore leads down the stretch.
Also on the card was the Natalma Stakes (G2) won by Spring Venture.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 I'm Boundtoscore Rook 23.50 10.40 5.80 5 Are You Kidding Me Contreras 7.90 4.50 8 Indiano Jones Husbands 3.50 Winning Time: 1:37.75 $2 Exacta 3-5 171.10 $2 Trifecta 3-5-8 630.00 $1 Superfecta 3-5-8-2 1,341.20
Left: I'm Boundtoscore in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Troy Rankin said, "We were coming home from the Chenery (Stakes) and we were picking our races where we would go and we started out coming here for the Swynford Stakes. But after he came out of the Tyro, the way he trained, he just showed us he wanted the grass. I felt for sure he could do the mile. I didn't really know he could do it as strong as he did. He's always surprising me. Every time I ask him, he steps up. The Breeders' Cup was on (the radar) all along. His first start at Keeneland, we knew he was good. But each time he stepped up and showed us how much better he was. But we didn't think we'd go to the front and hold it all the way. We were very surprised but he's got a mind of his own and living up to his name."
Right: I'm Boundtoscore gets a drink after the race. Jockey Sarah Rook said, "(Taking the lead) was the colt's idea. We broke on top and I was trying to get him to settle a little bit more than he did. But that's what he wanted to do and ultimately, if I fought with him any more, it wasn't going to work out. So, I just got him to relax as much as I could and once the other horses started coming to us, I let him roll on. He's a very game horse."
Left: Second place finisher Are You Kidding Me in the post parade. The 7-2 fifth choice sat sixth early under new jockey Luis Contreras then rallied to get second beaten 1/2 a length. The Roger Attfield trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $129,965 for owner-breeders Ron Kirk, John Bates, Mike Riordan, and Aaron Sones.
Right: Third place finisher Indiano Jones returns after the race. The 4-1 third choice stalked the pace in third under regular rider Patrick Husbands but could not improve late, beaten 2 lengths. The Mark Casse trainee improved his record to 1 win, 0 seconds, and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $59,311 for owner John Oxley.
Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Best Play in the post parade. The 5-2 favorite was unhurried 7th under jockey Javier Castellano, then passed tired horses late to get fourth beaten 3 1/4 lengths. The Mark Frostad trainee has a record of 0 wins, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 2 starts, earning $23,804 for owner-breeder Robert Evans.
Spring Venture leads down the stretch in the Natalma Stakes (G3)
80-1 Shenandoah Lady battled for the lead with Coconut Shrimp and 25-1 Sure Would through fractions of 23.37, 47.40, and 1:13.06 over the yielding course. Entering the lane, Shenandoah Lady continued to lead but tired from the fast pace. Spring Venure, 7th early, came through between horses and took command inside the 1/8 pole to win by 1 3/4 length over late-running 9-1 Spring in the Air in 1:37.27. It was a neck back to 19-1 Nancy O third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Spring Venture Husbands 6.90 4.60 3.80 8 Spring in the Air Gomez 8.80 6.40 6 Nancy O Moran 9.90 Winning Time: 1:37.27 $2 Exacta 7-8 66.00 $2 Trifecta 7-8-6 847.90 $1 Superfecta 7-8-6-9 2,192.55
Left: Spring Venture in the winner's circle. Kathryn Sullivan, assistant to winning trainer Mark Casse who trained the first two finishers, said, "I was so excited. I didn't see (Spring in the Air) coming. I was just focusing on (Spring Venture). That's the really best case scenario, when you run two horses in a stake and they're first and second."
Right: Spring Venture gets hosed off after the race. Jockey Patrick Husbands said, "By the time we leave there, my filly wanted to lead.I was taking a good hold of her. She showed me that she wasn't scared. So I finally got her back off (the speed) and she relaxed good."
Left: Second place finisher Spring in the Air in the post parade. The 9-1 shot was 11th early under new jockey Garrett Gomez, then rallied late to get second beaten 1 3/4 lengths. The Mark Casse trainee improved her record to 1 win and 2 seconds in 3 starts, earning $129,797 for owner John Oxley.
Right: Third place finisher Nancy O returns after the race. The 19-1 shot was 10th early under regular rider David Moran, then closed to get third beaten just 2 lengths. The Carolyn Costigan trainee improved her record to 0 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $40,080 for owners Borders Racing Stable and Robert Costigan.
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