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Mysterious Night heads back to the barn after winning the Summer Stakes
Breeders' Cup Challenge Series "Win and You're In" day at Woodbine also included 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 the last weekend of the summer with partly cloudy skies and a post time temperature of 23 C (74 F). The Taylor course was rated firm with a GoingStick reading of 11.1.
Kicking off the Saturday stakes quartet, a field of 7 two-year-old males contested the $500,000 Pattison Summer Stakes (G1) looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland on November 4. Mysterious Night was sent off as the 1-2 favorite off his win in the Prix Francois Boutin (G3) at Deauville. In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice Appraise, fourth in the Skidmore Stakes after winning his debut, both at Saratoga, and 19-4 third choice Philip My Dear, undefeated in 2 starts including the Soaring Free last out.
Mysterious Night leads in the stretch.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Mysterious Night Buick 3.10 2.30 2.10 3 Appraise Franco 4.00 2.50 6 Philip My Dear Kimura 2.30 Winning Time: 1:34.98 $1 Exacta 1-3 3.65 $2 Trifecta 1-3-6 17.00 $2 Superfecta 1-3-6-2 77.00
Left: Mysterious Night in the winner's circle. Alex Merriam, assistant to winning trainer Charlie Appleby said, "We were keen to get a bit of cover on him, so it worked well that [Ninetyfour Expos] went forward and he slotted in nicely. He got a nice trip around and he was getting him settled, getting to switch off and travel around nicely. He's a lovely horse."
Right: Mysterious Night poses with his new blanket.
Left: Mysterious Night in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey William Buick said, "He rode beautiful and the track is in great condition. I walked it before, and you know, it's as good as it always is. We knew the horse was going to like it, fast ground. He travelled through the race beautifully. He was giving me plenty of confidence throughout the race and he was happy travelling away, so it was perfect for him and hopefully he can go on from here."
Right: Mysterious Night in the post parade.
Left: Second place finisher Appraise returns after the race. The Chad Brown trainee improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 3 starts, earning $142,145 for owner Klaravich Stables.
Right: Third place finisher Philip My Dear walks over before the race. The Kevin Attard trainee improved his record to 2 wins and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $178,025 for owner Raroma Stable.
Last Call leads down the stretch in the Natalma Stakes
Jockey Declan Carroll sent 13-1 Star Candy to the lead through fractions of 24.27, 49.02, and 1:12.76 while pressed by 6-1 fourth choice Adora and stalked by 18-1 Courtly Ro. Turning for home jockey Rafael Hernandez sent 21-1 longest shot Last Call, 6th early, out 4 wide and she swept to the lead through 7f in 1:24.43. Kept to task by Hernandez, Last Call held off late-running favorite Cairo Consort to win by a length in 1:36.49. It was another 3/4 length back to G Laurie third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Last Call Hernandez 44.90 13.40 7.40 1 Cairo Consort Gallardo 3.40 2.70 3 G Laurie Franco 3.10 Winning Time: 1:36.49 $1 Exacta 4-1 69.40 $2 Trifecta 4-1-3 574.60 $2 Superfecta 4-1-3-6 2,092.20
Left: Last Call in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Kevin Attard said, "Yeah, obviously that's very exciting. A filly like her should get better with a little more time and a little more distance. It's something we're obviously going to have to discuss with the ownership group but I'm sure if all goes well, she's earned her way there, so hopefully we have a date in Keeneland."
Right: Last Call gets hosed off after the race. Attard added, "We put the blinkers on early because she just wasn't showing a whole lot in the beginning and then the lightbulb kind of kicked in and she just started working more impressive each time. And we were obviously a little disappointed in her last start, but we thought she was a little rank, she wouldn't relax and settle so we've taken the blinkers off. I think just now with a couple races of experience under her belt and obviously her pedigree leans to more distance she put it all together today."
Left: Last Call in the post parade. Winning jockey Rafael Hernandez said, "The first time I rode her she was just green so we put on the blinkers (for her first 2 starts). Kevin and I worked on taking her back and relax, stay out of trouble, and come down the lane, and she showed up today. Kevin and I have some expectations for her."
Right: Last Call heads to the winner's circle.
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Cairo Consort returns after the race. The Nathan Squires trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $176,149 for owner William B. Thompson Jr.
Right: Third place finisher G Laurie in the post parade. The Graham Motion trainee improved her record to 1 win and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $73,697 for owner Madaket Stables.
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