12.08.2018

2YO Sir Winston is Awesome Again's Latest Stakes Winner

The Awesome Again son Sir Winston forged to the lead in the final turn and held off a familiar foe......

The Awesome Again son Sir Winston forged to the lead in the final turn and held off a familiar foe to earn his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Display for two-year-olds on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.

The Mark Casse-trained chestnut colt, who had to share the spotlight in his maiden-breaking win on September 12 dead-heating with Inclusive, claimed sole ownership of the Display Stakes title finishing one length in front of that foe during Sunday’s 1-1/16 mile feature.

With blinkers added, Sir Winston and Jerome Lermyte followed race leader D Magician through early fractions of :25.21 and :49.95 before launching their attack heading towards three-quarters in 1:13.36 with 6-5 favourite The Boss Factor looming three-wide. Sir Winston struck the front in the final turn and held clear of the late-closing Inclusive for the 1:45.02 victory. Global Access was within striking range throughout and came through inside of The Boss Factor down the stretch to snag third-place honors.



“I thought there would be some speed,” said Lermyte after the race. “I thought maybe one or two more. They didn’t come early so it was perfect for me. I just didn’t want to be behind one that would stop so I made the decision to come out a little bit, but the trainer asked me to be a little bit closer today and it paid off.”

Sir Winston, who finished third when making his stakes debut last time out in the Grade 3 Grey on October 21, now has two wins through his first five lifetime starts for owner/breeder Tracy Farmer.

“He’s been doing nothing else but improving and that’s awesome when you can get that feeling,” said Lermyte, who has been aboard the Awesome Again-LA Gran Bailadora colt for his last three races at Woodbine. “Even in the morning, he was giving us some very nice breezes in the morning, so we were very confident today.”

Awesome Again, the sire of 14 Grade 1 winners in his stellar career, has also been represented in 2018 by the new millionaire Graded Stakes winners Something Awesome and Bravazo, who is expected to make his start in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).

- edited from www.woodbine.com

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12.02.2018

Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Captures Third Sir Barton S.

Kingsport earned his third Sir Barton title on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack with an impressive......

Kingsport earned his third Sir Barton title on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack with an impressive performance in the $100,000 stakes feature.



Trained by Sid Attard for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing, the six-year-old Milwaukee Brew-Green Jewel gelding first won the Sir Barton in 2015 and also took last year’s edition of the 1-1/16 mile event for Ontario-sired horses three years old and up.

Sent postward as the 8-5 favorite this time, Kingsport stalked the pace while racing on the outside in mid-pack as Silent Poet led the six-horse field through fractions of :24.92, :49.78 and 1:13.85. The defending champion then swept up three-wide outside of challenger Eskiminzin around the final turn and took off down the stretch to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:43.72. Stronach Stables' Silent Poet, winner of the Vice Regent Stakes and one of eight 2018 stakes winners by Milwaukee Brew's barnmate Silent Name, held on for second-place honors.

Kingsport is now a 9-time stakes winner of and nearly $700,000 in purses.

“He’s such a beautiful horse. He was in great shape. Like Sid told me, ‘He’s in great shape, just stay outside and be comfortable’ and I just wanted to be a great passenger.”

“He [Kingsport] came to this race like, oh my god, I’ve never seen this horse. Too bad the season is over,” said Attard, who praised Contreras’ for working out the winning trip.

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