08.12.2017

Stronach Stables Involuntary Best in Flaming Page Stakes

Involuntary and jockey Gary Boulanger prevailed in a photo finish over Happyness to win the......

Involuntary and jockey Gary Boulanger prevailed in a photo finish over Happyness to win the $100,000 Flaming Page Stakes for fillies and mares three years old and up on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Involuntary and Happyness (Alan Garcia) tracked leader Belle de Nuit (Patrick Husbands), who galloped out to a commanding lead early in the 1-1/2 mile turf event. As the pacesetter began to tire and back through the field heading to the final turn, Involuntary took command with Happyness looming to her outside and ready for a stretch duel. Those two fillies duked it out in front of the grandstand with Involuntary ultimately holding off Happyness for the game victory in 2:29.38. Moonlight Sky (Rafael Hernandez) finished third. 

“She just glided by [Belle de Nuit] on her own,” said Boulanger after the race. “When I called on her at the head of the lane when Alan came to her, she just cut a couple of gears and we were running down the lane pretty hard today.”

Bred in Kentucky by Dr. Catherine Wills and owned by Stronach Stables, the headstrong chestnut filly by City Zip out of Invariable earned the first win of her four-year-old campaign following top three finishes in the Dance Smartly and Nassau (Gr. 2) Stakes under the care of trainer Josie Carroll.

“She’s been a very, very game filly this whole season and showing a lot of character in developing,” said Boulanger. “We’re trying to teach her to relax and Josie’s team has done a great job with her, and her and I kind of get along and she’s pretty easy to handle now. She got a little hot today, but when you call on her, she gives you everything she has.”

“I’m delighted and thankful that the Stronach Group sent this filly to me, and between Gary and her exercise rider Billy O’Connor, they’ve done a tremendous job with this filly,” acknowledged Carroll. “She goes out late every morning when there’s nothing for her to chase because if there’s something for her to chase, she’s going to catch it. So they’ve really, really worked with getting this filly to relax, come off the bridle, and I think it was their accomplishment to get her to go a mile and a half.”

Involuntary earned her fourth career win in 10 starts and boosted her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. She is the 176th blacktype winner owned by Frank Stronach.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns

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08.07.2017

Summer Sunday Caps Huge Weekend for Silent Name

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Summer Sunday to pick up her first stakes victory.......

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Summer Sunday to pick up her first stakes victory. A beautiful summer Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack was the scene of her $125,000 Nandi Stakes conquest in which she defeated a field of two-year-old Ontario-sired fillies.

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Jockey Jesse Campbell rode the undefeated Silent Name-Dancing Allstar filly to victory for trainer Simon Stuart and owners Anne and William Scott. Bred by Trinity West Stables, Summer Sunday was the co-sales topper at last year's CTHS Canadian Preferred Yearling sale.

She is the second Silent Name juvenile stakes winner on the weekend. Be Vewy Vewy Quiet, also unbeaten, conquered the Clarendon S. on Woodbine's Saturday card.

Summer Sunday left from post six and fought with Shady Well Stakes starter Miss Danielle (Emma-Jayne Wilson) for the lead through fractions of :22.36 and :45.50 before taking charge down the stretch to score in 1:04.49 over five and a half furlongs on the Tapeta. The Mark Casse-trained Rosemere (Patrick Husbands) made a run for Summer Sunday late and finished three-quarters of a length behind the winner in her career debut while Miss Danielle held on for third in a photo finish with Belmont shipper She’s the Berries (David Moran).

“She won handily her first time out [on July 15]. I worked her once before she ran and I loved her,” said Campbell, who picked off a couple of other fillies in the Nandi to ride Summer Sunday. “She’s got a great head on her and talent to boot so that can go a long ways. It’s always nice to win stakes, but when you get to win for your good friends – Stuart’s a good friend of mine – it’s extra special.”

Sent postward as the 2-1 favourite following her winning career debut last month, Summer Sunday paid $6, $3.60 and $2.70 across the board.

“I think she’s continuing to advance forward,” said Simon. “Every week she seems like a little bit better filly. She really is just a dream horse to train and she’s got such a good head on her and she does what you ask of her so we haven’t been very hard on her. We were trying to look at the big picture of the full career so I think she’s got a lot of good things in front of her still.”

Simon indicated that the filly’s next assignment is expected to be the Muskoka Stakes on August 30.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns

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