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Owners Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell of Conquest Stables lead Patrick Husbands and Conquest Typhoon 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. Light drizzle fell earlier in the day with the races run under mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 50's. Rain during the week softened the course to a GoingStick reading of 10.0 (good-to-firm), with the temporary rail out in Lane 2 (15 feet).
A field of 8 juveniles went to post in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (G2) looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, with Saratoga Dreamer sent off as the 3-2 favorite off his debut win at 5 1/2 furlongs on the Saratoga turf. In to challenge him included 9-5 second choice Imperial Dream, undefeated in 2 starts including the Vandal Stakes last out, and 7-2 third choice Conquest Typhoon, second in both a maiden race and the Clarendon Stakes.
Conquest Typhoon starts to draw away in the stretch.
Also on the card were the Natalma Stakes (G2) won by Conquest Harlanate and Bold Venture Stakes (G3) won by Calgary Cat.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Conquest Typhoon Husbands 8.80 5.30 3.90 6 Samuel Dechamplain Stein 7.70 5.80 2 U S Marshal Moran 7.60 Winning Time: 1:41.10 $2 Exacta 5-6 66.90 $2 Trifecta 5-6-2 385.10 $1 Superfecta 5-6-2-7 1,826.80
Left: Conquest Typhoon in the winner's circle with owners Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell of Conquest Stables on the far left. Winning jockey Patrick Husbands said, "A couple of days ago when I breezed him (Conquest Typhoon), Mark says he wanted an easy half-mile. He went in 47. They said, 'Patrick, what are you doing? I said, 'Mark doesn't know how good these horses are right now.'" Husbands won 5 of the 10 races on Saturday, giving him the lead in the Woodbine jockey standings. He also won 5 races on the August 31 card.
Right: Conquest Typhoon returns after the race.
Left: Second place finisher Samuel Dechamplain in the post parade. The 10-1 shot set the pace under jockey Justin Stein but could not hold off the winner. The Mike Doyle trainee improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 3 starts, earning $80,577 for owner-breeder Eaton Hall Farm.
Right: Third place finisher U S Marshal returns after the race. The 19-1 shot raced 6th early under David Moran then rallied to get third beaten 4 1/2 lengths. The Ian Black trainee improved his record to 1 second and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $28,288 for owners-breeders Nancy and Richard Kaster.
Last place finisher and beaten favorite Saratoga Dreamer returns after the race. The 3-2 choice raced fifth early under Emma-Jayne Wilson, but tired entering the stretch to finish last beaten 18 lengths. The Christophe Clement trainee has 1 win in 2 starts, earning $45,603 for owner Peter Deutsch.
Down the stretch in the Natalma Stakes
106-1 longest shot Bourbon's Rahfee was gunned to the lead by jockey Steven Bahen through an opening quarter in 23.29 but she soon faded to finish last. 65-1 Appeal to the Win and 46-1 Green Doctor contested the pace down the backstretch and around the turn through a half in 46.94, before Isabella Sings moved up from fourth to gain the lead at the top of the stretch through 3/4 in 1:13.39. Isabella Sings continued to lead to the 1/8 pole but 7-1 fourth choice Conquest Harlanate, 6th early, came out 4 wide for room and outfinished Isabella Sings by a neck in 1:40.61. It was another 2 lengths back to 24-1 Skinner Box third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Conquest Harlanate Husbands 20.40 7.70 4.60 10 Isabella Sings Nakatani 12.40 7.90 6 Skinner Box Contreras 3.00 Winning Time: 1:40.61 $2 Exacta 7-10 59.80 $2 Trifecta 7-10-6 737.20 $1 Superfecta 7-10-6-9 3,881.15
Left: Conquest Harlanate in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Patrick Husbands said, "We do a lot of work in the mornings teaching babies how to track horses and run them down. She left there pretty sharp so I took her back. She relaxed. Then I realized Corey (Nakatani aboard Isabella Sings) may be getting too far (ahead). I didn't want to pull the trigger too early but I realized I was running out of real estate. So she fought, fought, fought and got the job done."
Right: Conquest Harlanate returns after the race. Winning owner Ernie Semersky said, "We're in (the Breeders' Cup). Hopefully we're going to be in a lot of times. We've got a lot ready to run. We've got a great trainer, a great team. It was an incredible ride by Patrick, he positioned Harlanate perfectly. She may not be the best filly we have but she sure showed something today."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Isabella Sings in the paddock before the race. The 2-1 choice raced fourth 2 lengths off the pace under jockey Corey Nakatani, gained the lead on the turn but was outfinished in deep stretch. The Todd Pletcher trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 second in 2 starts, earning $81,060 for owner-breeder Siena Farms.
Right: Third place finisher Skinner Box returns after the race. The 24-1 shot raced 9th early under jockey Luis Contreras then rallied late to get third beaten 2 1/4 lengths. The Rick Violette trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $61,830 for owner Patsy Symons.
Kicking off the stakes action for the weekend, the $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes (G3) featured a field of 11 older horses sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the Polytrack. Kenora Stakes winner Black Hornet was the 7-2 favorite over 4-1 Sensational Slam, fifth in the Forego (G1) last out at Saratoga, and 9-2 Alpha Bettor, 6th in the Seagram Cup (G3).
Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson sent 8-1 Bear No Joke to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 22.29 and 44.47 while pressed by Black Hornet and 10-1 Really Sharp. Bear No Joke held the lead to the 1/8 pole through 3/4 in 1:08.56, but 6-1 fourth choice Calgary Cat, 5th early, came through to win going away by 3 lengths in 1:14.91. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Black Hornet third.
Left: Calgary Cat in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva said, "He has tactical speed and he followed the race pretty easy. When you ask him he gives a very strong kick. He did on the turf last time and today he had a very strong kick. I was concerned on the turn that maybe I need to take him outside a little bit, but when I saw (Black Hornet) getting tired I thought that was the place to go as I had a little bit of room inside. It worked out."
Right: Calgary Cat in the post parade.
Left: Second place finisher Bear No Joke in the paddock before the race. The 8-1 shot set the pace under jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson but was no match for the winner. The Reade Baker trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 7 seconds, and 1 third in 21 starts, earning $520,864 for owner Bear Stables Ltd.
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Black Hornet returns after the race. The 7-2 choice stalked the pace in third under Justin Stein, but could not improve late finishing third beaten 4 1/4 lengths. The Pat Parente trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 3 thirds in 14 starts, earning $396,654 for owner Winview Racing Stable.
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