07.26.2016

Amis Gizmo 'Powerful' Victor of $500,000 Prince of Wales S.

Ivan Dalos' Amis Gizmo avenged a half-length loss in the Queen's Plate, first leg of the Canadian......

Ivan Dalos' Amis Gizmo avenged a half-length loss in the Queen's Plate, first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with a powerful victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 26 at Fort Erie Race Track.

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Bred in Ontario by Dalos' Tall Oaks Farm, the son of Giant Gizmo, trained by Josie Carroll and ridden by Luis Contreras, had the lead until deep stretch in the Queen's Plate but was passed late by Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Sir Dudley Digges.

The early pace in the Prince of Wales, contested on a fast track, was set by Queen's Plate third-place finisher All On Red, who laid down quick fractions of :22.79 for the opening quarter-mile and :46.48 for a half-mile while tracked by Narrow Escape and Amis Gizmo. The latter exploded to the front approaching the far turn through six furlongs in 1:10.96, opened a commanding advantage, and wasn't threatened thereafter.

Amis Gizmo, who entered the Fort Erie race with five wins—all of them stakes—in seven starts in restricted company at Woodbine, won the Prince of Wales by 5 1/2 lengths over Leavem in Malibu, who rallied from eighth and last. Niigon's Edge finished 3 3/4 lengths behind in third, while All On Red faltered to fourth.
Amis Gizmo paid $4.70 as the favorite. The 3-year-old colt is out of the Victory Gallop mare Galloping Ami and covered the distance in 1:56.76 after passing the one-mile mark in 1:36.22.

"I knew he'd run well on this surface," Contreras said of Amis Gizmo, who never had raced on dirt but turned in a solid five-furlong work in 1:00 at Fort Erie July 19. "(On the backstretch) I was waiting and waiting, looked back, and had so much horse. I felt so much power in my hands."

When asked if the colt can handle turf in the Breeders' Stakes, Contreras said: "I don't know, but if he can, I feel like it will be no problem (to win)."

Amis Gizmo was entered in the Canadian-bred select yearling sale in 2014. He went through the ring and brought a bid of $124,200 but wasn't sold. He has now earned $714,403 on a record of six wins and a second in eight starts.

The Prince of Wales, at 1 3/16 miles on dirt, is the second leg of the triple for 3-year-olds foaled in Canada. The 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, won by Sir Dudley Digges on the Tapeta surface at Woodbine July 3, was the first leg; the final race in the series is the Breeders' Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Woodbine Aug. 21.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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07.18.2016

New Juvenile Stakes Winner for Silent Name

Lokinforpursemonee, patiently handled by Gary Boulanger, rallied from last of eight to earn his......

Lokinforpursemonee, patiently handled by Gary Boulanger, rallied from last of eight to earn his first career win in Sunday's co-featured $143,000 Victoria Stakes, at Woodbine.

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Trained by John Ross for his J.R. Racing Stable, the Silent Name bay arrived at the six furlong sprint for juveniles from a narrow head loss, on debut, to Pachi Cruze in the 5 1/2-furlong Frost King Stakes.

Lokinforpusemonee was shuffled back to the last through the turn but when Boulanger asked the colt for run, he burst willingly between rivals and was up in time to collar Junket for a 3/4-length win. Junket held place by a neck over State of Honor. Lokinforpursemonee covered six furlongs in 1:11.17.

Boulanger demonstrated an abundance of confidence in Lokinforpursemonee to take back off the early pace.

"The four horse (Dahog) broke with me, but he had a little more turn of foot and was coming down. I didn't want to get involved in between, so I eased him back out of there," said Boulanger. "I probably got a little further back than I wanted, but I get on him a lot in the morning, I know him pretty well, and I know he has a pretty good turn of foot. He showed a lot of character today. When I asked him, he was always there and he got the job done."

Ross purchased the colt for $32,000 at the 2015 Canadian Premier Yearling Sale

"I eyeballed him at the sales here and he was a beautiful looking animal. He's bred by Hill 'N' Dale and they produce a beautiful horse," said Ross. "He came to hand as a two-year-old fairly early. He's a very smart horse, but what I really like about him is he's so willing.

"You can put him in between, take him back, and do all the things you'd like a mature horse to do," continued Ross. "He's found those things early and Gary did a tremendous job today. He got back into the pack a bit and Gary just relaxed and waited for an opening. When Gary pulled the trigger, the horse responded very well."

Lokinforpursemonee, bred in Ontario by Hill 'N' Dale Farm, banked $90,000 in victory while improving his record to 1-1-0 from two starts.

- edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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