09.25.2016

Giant Gizmo's 2YO Jurojin Crowned in Kingarvie Stakes

The Giant Gizmo son Jurojin wore down favoured Lokinforpursemonee (by Silent Name) in the final......

The Giant Gizmo son Jurojin wore down favoured Lokinforpursemonee (by Silent Name) in the final stride to win Sunday's $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes for Ontario-sired juveniles, at Woodbine.

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Trained by Harold Ladouceur for owners Sandra M. Bird and Sarah Ladouceur, Jurojin was an impressive length winner on debut on June 25 but had failed to hit the board in two subsequent starts when seventh in the Victoria and eighth in the Vandal Stakes.

Jurojin broke slightly outward from the outside most post in a Kingarvie field of six and was content to race from next to last under Luis Contreras as Pachi Cruze and Lokinforpursemonee battled through splits of :24.94, :49.90 and 1:14.81.

Lokinforpursemonee and Pachi Cruze continued to duel through the turn as Contreras urged Jurojin into contention with the longshot looking like a runaway winner.  However, Lokinforpursemonee, the 7-5 mutuel favourite off of wins in the Victoria and Simcoe Stakes, dug back in to make a race of it. Under strong urging from Gary Boulanger, Lokinforpursemonee cut into the lead but could not overtake the deserving upset winner who prevailed by a head in a final time of 1:45.87.

The victory marked the eighth stakes win of the meet for Contreras. He won the Kingarvie last year aboard another Giant Gizmo son, Amis Gizmo, who went on to finish second in the Queen's Plate before winning the Prince of Wales Stakes.

Jurojin and Amis Gizmo have helped make Giant Gizmo Canada's #1 sire of 2016 Blacktype Stakes winners. The Giant Causeway stallion is also the top sire of Graded winners this year.

The veteran rider allowed the race to unfold perfectly for his improving charge.

"He was very comfortable from when we came out of the gate. Harold told me if I could get the lead by myself to go. If not, then stay back and find a way to come home," said Contreras. 

Ladouceur was returning to the infield winner's circle for the first time since Paladin Bay's (Sligo Bay) score in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes on May 18, 2014.  The veteran conditioner, who trains Jurojin for his mother-in-law Sandra Bird and his daughter Sarah, held great faith in Jurojin's ability while travelling around two turns for the first time.

"I knew he was a good horse all along. He just needed that extra ground. I'm glad he found the race," said Ladouceur. 

Jurojin was bred in Ontario by Sandra Bird. His banked $75,000 in victory while improving his record to two wins from three starts.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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09.25.2016

Milwaukee Brew's Sweater Weather Good Again in Classy 'n Smart S.

Frank DiGiulio Jr.'s Sweater Weather, patiently handled by Jermaine Bridgmohan, picked up her......

Frank DiGiulio Jr.'s Sweater Weather, patiently handled by Jermaine Bridgmohan, picked up her second stakes win of the meet with an impressive stretch run in Sunday's co-featured $125,000 Classy 'n Smart Stakes, at Woodbine.

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Trained by Robert Tiller, the five-year-old Milwaukee Brew bay arrived at the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta route for Ontario-sired fillies and mares from a similar driving score in the Algoma Stakes on August 31.

Generous Touch, winner of the Passing Mood and Eternal Search Stakes in July, set splits of :25.13 and :50.99 with Sparkles' Girl on her flank and Hot Kiss, the 3-5 mutuel favourite, stalking from third position. Galina Point moved up outside of Hot Kiss down the back straight as Generous Touch led the field into the final turn and tried to kick clear. 

The ever-patient Bridgmohan was last into the turn with Sweater Weather but rallied impressively around rivals to surge past a game and determined Generous Touch and secure a 1 1/4-length win.  Hot Kiss battled gamely down the lane and found an inside seam late to get up and earn place money by a head over Generous Touch. Sweater Weather stopped the clock in 1:45.11.

Bridgmohan, aboard for the Algoma score, was content at the back of the pack aboard Sweater Weather.

"The filly was comfortable and that's the main thing. She was happy being there," said Bridgmohan. "She made a good run like she always does. She always tries. She's such a wonderful filly."

Tiller had complete confidence in Bridgmohan, the filly's regular pilot.

"The game plan was to let her relax. That's what made her win before and I knew she was very capable of closing," said Tiller. "She's really getting good this filly. She's been wonderful for us.

"She's got a lot of pump," continued Tiller. "She's a trier and I just let my riders ride their own race. All we wanted was to let her close ground."

Sweater Weather, bred in Ontario by Osprey Stable, banked $75,000, pushing her lifetime earnings to $460,172, while improving her record to 6-5-3 from 19 starts.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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