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2020 Summer and Natalma Stakes Results

Gretzky the Great heads back to the barn after winning the Summer Stakes
Date: 09/20/2020

Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" weekend at Woodbine concluded on Sunday with two Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds on the turf, each contested at 1 mile around 1 turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. Conditions were typical for late September with sunny skies and a temperature of 16 C (61 F), and the Taylor course remained firm as it was on Saturday (GoingStick reading of 11.8).

A field of 7 two-year-old males contested the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G1) looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland on November 6. Gretzky the Great was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off a 2 race win streak including the Soaring Free Stakes last out. In to challenge him included 11-4 second choice American Monarch, a debut winner at Saratoga on August 8, and 7-2 third choice Secret Potion, who was second behind American Monarch in the same debut race.
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Gretzky the Great leads in the stretch.

Jockey Luis Contreras sent 5-1 Ready to Repeat to the front down the backstretch through fractions of 24.10, 47.82, and 1:11.11 while pressed by Gretzky the Great and stalked by Secret Potion. Turning for home, jockey Kazushi Kimura sent Gretzky the Great to the lead, coming in on Ready to Repeat in the process, through 7f in 1:22.47. Kept to task by Kimura, Gretzky the Great drew off late to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:34.53. It was another length back to late-running 6-1 Dolder Grand third. Contreras aboard Ready to Repeat claimed foul against Kimura aboard Gretzky the Great for interference, but the claim was disallowed and the result stood.

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Pgm  Horse               Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 4   Gretzky the Great   Kimura        6.80    3.30  3.00
 3   Ready to Repeat     Contreras             5.00  4.00
 7   Dolder Grand        Husbands                    4.10

Winning Time:  1:34.53

$1 Exacta 4-3                11.30
$1 Trifecta 4-3-7            57.85
$1 Superfecta 4-3-7-5       220.70
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Gretzky the Great heads to the winner's circle. Winning jockey Kazushi Kimura, celebrating his first Grade 1 win, said, "He's such an amazing horse. When I came to the straight, he had tremendous explosion. He was a little bit lugging in, but he's still a baby, you know. If I want to do something (with him), I can do anything."

Right: Gretzky the Great gets hosed off while the stewards review the inquiry. Kimura added, "First time out it was only five furlongs on the (Woodbine inner) turf, then when he won the first time I was like, 'Oh, that will be a stakes horse for the future. And then winning a stakes and now got a Grade 1, he's such a nice horse."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Ready to Repeat circles while the stewards review the inquiry. He improved his record to 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $133,342 for owner-trainer Gail Cox and co-owners John Menary, Michael Ambler, and Windways Farm.

Right: Third place finisher Dolder Grand in the paddock before the race. The Mark Casse trainee improved his record to 2 thirds in 2 starts, earning $26,839 for owner D. J. Stable.

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Lady Speightspeare leads down the stretch in the Natalma Stakes

An hour after the Summer, a field of 7 two-year-old fillies contested the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (G1), with the winner earning a berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Lady Speightspeare was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off her debut win on August 22 over the Woodbine course. In to challenge her included 11-4 second choice Alda, winner of 2 straight including the Catch a Glimpse Stakes last out, and 4-1 third choice Dreaming of Drew, 2nd behind Alda in the Catch a Glimpse.

Jockey Larry Munoz sent 50-1 longest shot Big Big Plans to the lead through fractions of 23.77, 48.92, and 1:11.59 while pressed by Lady Speightspeare and stalked by Dreaming of Drew. Turning for home, Big Big Plans tired badly as Lady Speightspeare and jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson took over the lead through 7f in 1:23.04. Alda, last early under Steven Bahen, put in a strong late rally but Lady Speightspeare easily held her off to win by 3/4 length in 1:34.61. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to 5-1 fourth choice Seasons third.

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Pgm  Horse               Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 6   Lady Speightspeare  Wilson        7.00    3.90  2.90
 5   Alda                Bahen                 3.70  3.00
 2   Seasons             Contreras                   3.50

Winning Time:  1:34.61

$1 Exacta 6-5                10.95
$1 Trifecta 6-5-2            48.85
$1 Superfecta 6-5-2-4        95.85
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Lady Speightspeare in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson said, "She went to the lead with such intent, I think it was the same thing today in the gate. She knew it was coming, they yelled ‘last one,' she was anticipating the doors to open so she popped up a little. But kudos to the gate crew here at Woodbine, they kept her straight and steady so, despite her rearing, she didn't manage to get herself hung up or hurt in any way, which meant she was able to compete and win today. She knew that she was going to get a chance to run and I had a chance to let that horse cross over and just put her right on her flank and she settled into stride, got into rhythm and, man, when they started to come to her, just like last time, she really leveled off and dug in."

Right: Lady Speightspeare heads back to the barn after the race. Winning trainer Roger Attfield said, "That's always nice to see. When you break your maiden and you're going into a race like this off of going wire-to-wire you really haven't had any education or anything going into something like this so it was nice to see that for sure. (Going to the Breeders' Cup) would be up to Mr. Fipke, and I would say knowing Mr. Fipke we probably are."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Alda exits the walking ring before the race. The Graham Motion trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $126,283 for owner-breeders Wertheimer et Frere.

Right: Third place finisher Seasons in the post parade. The James Toner trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $60,429 for owners LNJ Foxwoods and Phillips Racing Partnership.

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