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2023 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine

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Pipit and jockey Patrick Husbands head to the winner's circle after the 2023 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine with trainer Kevin Attard on the far right following.
Date: 7/16/2023

The stakes action for 2-year-old males at Woodbine for 2023 kicked off on Sunday with the $125,000 Victoria Stakes. Originally a field of just five made final entry and went to the post, however 3-1 morning line third choice Gotts Got It was scratched by the veterinarian after acting up during gate loading, leaving just four to face the starter. Mattingly was sent off as the 9-10 favorite off his maiden win at Gulfstream after finishing second in the Royal Palm Juvenile for his debut. In to challenge him were 9-5 second choice Pipit, a filly facing males off a second place finish in her debut, 4-1 third choice Yacht Boy off his maiden win at second asking, and 6-1 longest shot Going Up off his debut win at Presque Isle Downs.
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Pipit leads down the stretch in the Victoria Stakes.

Jockey Sahin Civaci sent favorite Mattingly to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 22.20 and 45.13 while pressed by Yacht Boy and stalked by Going Up. On the far turn jockey Patrick Husbands, last early aboard Pipit, came out wide to circle the field and gained the lead through 5f in 57.29. Kept to task by Husbands, Pipit drew off to win by 4 lengths over Mattingly in 1:03.60. It was another 1/2 length back to Going Up third, and 12 1/2 more to Yacht Boy last.
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Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 5   Pipit              Husbands         5.60    2.60  2.10
 1   Mattingly          Civaci                   2.40  2.10
 3   Going Up           Allen                          2.40

Winning Time:  1:03.60

$1 Exacta 5-1                 4.90
$1 Trifecta 5-1-3            15.70
$1 Superfecta 5-1-3-2        12.65
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Pipit in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Kevin Attard said, "The boys' race looked like it was coming up on the lighter side (compared to the My Dear Stakes for fillies yesterday). I was a little disappointed with her first start. I thought she was good enough to win first time out. She opened up a good lead and got to loafing, I thought. We came back and experimented with the blinkers. I thought she breezed well in the interim with them. We figured we'd give it a go today."

Right: Pipit gets hosed off after the race.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Pipit walks over before the race. Winning jockey Patrick Husbands said, "She was a little bit confused with the blinkers, in the post parade she was acting like 'why is this on my face?' so when the gates opened it took me about 10 strides to get going. I couldn't get her going but when she finally got going, 2 1/2 [furlongs] out I had to give her a breather before she exploded in the lane. These good horses always make everybody look good. Makes my job easy and she did it easy."

Right: Pipit in the post parade.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Mattingly heads to the track before the race. The Joe Orseno trainee improved his record to 1 win and 2 seconds in 3 starts, earning $83,028 for owners Ironhorse Racing Stable and Harlow Stables.

Right: Third place finisher Going Up returns after the race. The Ron Potts trainee improved his record to 1 win and 1 third in 2 starts, earning $33,800 for owner-breeders Robert and Tammy Klimasewski.

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