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Capla Temptress heads to the winner's circle after the Natalma Stakes.
Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" weekend at Woodbine concluded on Sunday with races for 2-year-olds on the turf, each contested at 1 mile around 1 turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. Similar to Woodbine Mile day, it was sunny and warm with temperatures near 80. The turf was again rated good-to-firm, with a GoingStick reading of 10.7.
A field of 8 two-year-old males contested the $200,000 Summer Stakes (G2) looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Hemp Hemp Hurray was sent off as the 7-4 favorite, undefeated in 2 starts including the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Untamed Domain, 3rd in the With Anticipation (G3) at Saratoga, and 4-1 third choice Count Alexander, a debut winner by 4 lengths at Woodbine last out.
Untamed Domain rallies on the far outside in the stretch.
Also on the card was the Natalma Stakes (G2) won by Capla Temptress.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Untamed Domain Bravo 8.00 4.40 2.90 6 Hemp Hemp Hurray Velazquez 3.10 2.60 4 Admiralty Pier Contreras 3.80 Winning Time: 1:34.73 $2 Exacta 1-6 24.50 $2 Trifecta 1-6-4 110.40 $1 Superfecta 1-6-4-7 196.55
Left: Untamed Domain in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Joe Bravo said, "This horse is a big horse; he needs a little bit of learning. The whole puzzle really came together today. Graham did a great job by putting the blinkers on for the first time." Untamed Domain is the first graded stakes winner for sire Animal Kingdom.
Right: Untamed Domain heads back to the barn. Bravo added, "He's a very big horse that is just learning and my main thing was just to get him plenty of room and keep him out of trouble turning for home. I had to swing three-wide and he just levelled off so beautifully. Graham knew what he had, he knows he has a special horse."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Hemp Hemp Hurray in the paddock before the race. Jockey John Velazquez said, "Perfect trip. He was a little bit strong the first part of the race and that was it. He didn't have enough to fight down the lane."
Right: Third place finisher Admiralty Pier returns after the race. The Barb Minshall trainee improved his record to 1 win and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $45,332 for owners Hoolie Racing Stable and Bruce Lunsford.
Capla Temptress rallies onthe outside
down the stretch in the Natalma Stakes
Jockey Eurico Da Silva sent 13-1 Dixie Moon to the lead through fractions of 23.69, 47.58, and 1:12.29 while pressed by 16-1 Delamar and stalked by 6-1 Golden Orb and favorite Wonder Gadot. Dixie Moon continued to lead to midstretch through 7f in 1:23.54 but Capla Temptress, 7th early under Joel Rosario, came through between fillies inside the 1/8 pole and rallied to win by 3/4 length in 1:35.12. It was a head back to Wonder Gadot third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Capla Temptress Rosario 13.40 7.50 4.90 9 Dixie Moon Da Silva 11.30 6.30 8 Wonder Gadot Husbands 2.70 Winning Time: 1:35.12 $2 Exacta 7-9 152.10 $2 Trifecta 7-9-8 500.80 $1 Superfecta 7-9-8-3 916.15
Left: Capla Temptress in the winner's circle. Winning owner Barry Irwin said, "I bought her with this plan in mind. She's a fighter. She's small, but she's got a long stride and she's all heart" She really is quite small.
Right: Capla Temptress gets a kiss while being hosed off after the race. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "She broke very nice and for a second I had a little clear spot. I was just looking to follow Patrick (Husbands). He was on one of the speed horses (Wonder Gadot) on the outside. I was trying to let her be behind somebody all the time. She was very nice. I had to tap her a little bit on the backside to get her attention. After that, she did the job."
Left: Second place finisher Dixie Moon returns after the race. Jockey Eurico Da Silva said, "My filly is a fantastic filly. The first time I got on this filly, I knew she was a very good horse. It's too bad we got beat today, but she's going to come back and beat these horses. I'm telling you, she's a very nice horse. I'm very pleased with the race. She was not very focused at the end. It's just her second race and it's a lot to ask to run with big horses, but we are very, very happy."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Wonder Gadot in the post parade. The Mark Casse trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $67,571 for owner Gary Barber.
On the undercard, the $100,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes featured a field of 7 older fillies and mares sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta main track. Royal North (G3) 6th place finisher Southern Ring was the 9-5 favorite over 9-4 Sky My Sky, 2nd in the Seaway (G2), and 9-2 Sugar Jones, winner of 3 straight in allowance company. Jockey Eurico Da Silva sent Southern Ring to the lead exiting the chute through fractions of 22.46 and 45.00 while pressed by Sky My Sky and stalked by 42-1 longest shot Veaisha. Entering the lane, Southern Ring tired as 11-1 River Maid, 7th early, moved up to gain a short lead through 3/4 in 1:09.49. 11-2 Moonlit Promise, 6th early under Gary Boulanger, rallied on the inside to win by 3/4 length over River Maid in 1:15.66. It was another 2 3/4 length back to favorite Southern Ring third.
Left: Moonlit Promise in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Gary Boulanger said, "She's a pretty good filly and she broke well. I was just kind of letting her tell me what the pace was – I thought it was pretty hot up there – and biding my time. A couple guys were kind of keeping me wide and no one was wanting to tuck in so at the 3 1/2f pole I said, ‘I gotta go inside and save some ground here if I'm going to run these guys down.' I dove inside and here she came with a big run. A tremendous filly. Josie's done a great job getting her ready and her team is a great team. I'm just grateful I get to ride something like this."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Southern Ring. The Malcolm Pierce trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 13 starts, earning $340,600 for owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm.
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