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2022 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine

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Kazushi Kimura and Our Secret Agent head to the winner's circle after the 2022 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine.
Date: 5/08/2022

The first graded stakes of the 2022 Woodbine Thoroughbred meeting is the $150,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the Tapeta main track. Conditions were excellent for early May in Southern Ontario, with sunny skies and a race time temperature of 16C (61F). Last year's winner Boardroom was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in the field of 7, unraced since winning the Seaway Stakes (G3) in August. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Dreaming of Drew, winner of the Long Branch Stakes on opening day April 16, and 5-1 third choice Artie's Princess, unraced since finishing fifth in last year's Whimsical.
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Down the stretch in the Whimsical Stakes.

Jockey Reylu Gutierrez sent Artie's Princess to the lead out of the chute through an opening quarter of 22.89 before 11-2 fourth choice Our Secret Agent took over on the far turn through a half in 45.56. Into the lane Our Secret Agent continued to lead through 5f in 57.47 as jockey Luis Contreras sent Boardroom out 4 wide from 6th for her rally. However Our Secret Agent, confidently ridden by Kazushi Kimura, drew off to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:09.62. It was another 1/2 length back to Dreaming of Drew third.
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Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Our Secret Agent   Kimura          13.20    4.00  2.70
 5   Boardroom          Contreras                2.60  2.20
 2   Dreaming of Drew   Husbands                       2.40

Winning Time:  1:09.62

$2 Exacta 6-5                31.20
$2 Trifecta 6-5-2            82.10
$1 Superfecta 6-5-2-4        41.05
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Our Secret Agent in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Kazushi Kimura said, "I was already feeling like today was going be a very tough race. Maybe, I'm more surprised today. She's best at the [longer] distance, the six furlong and a half. Today, maybe it's too short [of a distance] but, at the beginning she was quite smooth to get the good position and she was just keeping fit [at the end]."

Right: Our Secret Agent walks over before the race.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Our Secret Agent heads out for the post parade.

Right: Our Secret Agent heads to the winner's circle. Kimura added, "I was thinking that Luis' (Contreras) horse, Boardroom, and Artie's Princess, for sure were going to show some speed, and Gary's (Boulanger) horse too. But, at the break, I didn't push her much, just [enough] to see if I could get a position. I didn't feel any pressure from the outside, so it was so easy for her."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Boardroom returns after the race. The Josie Carroll trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 8 starts, earning $306,806 for owner LNJ Foxwoods.

Right: Third place finisher Dreaming of Drew heads to the track before the race. The Barbara Minshall trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 7 starts, earning $275,251 for owners Hoolie Racing Stable and Madaket Stables.

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