Amis Gizmo stamped himself a leading contender for the 2016 Queen's Plate with a powerful......
Amis Gizmo stamped himself a leading contender for the 2016 Queen's Plate with a powerful performance in Saturday's co-featured $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes, at Woodbine.
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Trained by Josie Carroll for owner-breeder Ivan Dalos, the son of Giant Gizmo
arrived at the 1 1/16-mile 'Poly' route for Ontario-sired juveniles on a three-race win streak, all in added-money events, having sprinted to victories in the Simcoe, Bull Page and Frost King Stakes to start his career.
A flashy chestnut, Amis Gizmo was sent to post at odds of 2-5 and would not disappoint in his two-turn debut putting in a tremendous front-running effort, dueling with Conquest Cavalry through splits of :23.38 and :46.39 well clear of a stalking group of five hopefuls in the eight-horse field. Aye Aye Captain, undefeated in two starts, trailed the field into the first turn but slowly picked up ground down the back straight under leading rider Eurico Rosa da Silva.
Amis Gizmo, having put away Conquest Cavalry into the final turn, enjoyed a brief breather before again picking up the pace to hold off a rallying Aye Aye Captain for a 1 3/4-length win. Aye Aye Captain kept on for place, 3 ¾-lengths in front of Conquest Cavalry. Amis Gizmo covered 1 1/16-miles in 1:44.64.
Contreras, aboard for all four starts, continues to be impressed by the undefeated colt who refused to stand down from the pressing Conquest Cavalry.
"He had a lot of speed early and was fighting with the horse beside me. I tried to make him relax as much as possible, but he was fighting with the horse beside him," said Contreras. "By the half-mile I was by myself on the lead, and I tried to let him relax so I had a little more kick at the end."
Dalos has developed a star-studded crop of juvenile horses this season, unveiling homebred stakes winning juvenile fillies Gamble's Ghost (by Ghostzapper
) and Ami's Mesa. Gamble's Ghost captured the Grade 3 Mazarine on October 4, while the undefeated Ami's Mesa captured the Glorious Song last weekend.
"It's been a dream year. Four starts, four stakes, four wins (for Amis Gizmo). You can't ask for much more than that," said Dalos.
Amis Gizmo, bred in Ontario by his owner, banked $75,000 in victory upping his career account to $260,233.
-edited from www.woodbineenterainment.com