Dixie Moon upsets Wonder Gadot to capture $500,000 Woodbine Oaks race ... Telekinesis building a case for the Plate ... Road to Victory keeps on winning
took advantage of a great trip and a troubled trip by Wonder Gadot to post a 3-1 upset in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on Saturday.
Eurico Rosa da Silva, Ridden by Dixie Moon comfortably tracked long-shot Fairy Hill for much of the 1⅛-mile race. Meanwhile, Wonder Gadot, sent off as the 1-5 favourite, jumped slightly after the gates opened and was squeezed back at the start by both Dixie Moon and Queen’s Fate, forcing jockey Patrick Husbands to take her to the outside for racing room down the backstretch.
In the stretch, Dixie Moon was going for home at the rail and while Wonder Gadot made a charge on the outside, she could only get to within a neck of the winner.
“I had a great trip,” da Silva said. “I was sitting in a great position and the pace was not that fast.”
“I pushed her a little bit early because I know she was going to have a good finish. In my mind, I knew that filly was going to come. And Patrick was smart, he was watching me and she came and both horses ran a fabulous race.”
Meanwhile Husbands said the start cost Wonder Gadot, who was second in the Kentucky Oaks in her previous start.
“She broke flat footed and walked out the gate so we had to try to get back within striking distance,” he said. “But she ran a good race.”
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the win was Dixie Moon’s fourth in eight starts. She captured the Cup and Saucer and the Ontario Lassie Stakes last season.
There’s a good chance both Dixie Moon and Wonder Gadot will return for the Queen’s Plate.
Telekinesis also established his credentials for the Plate with a front-running score in the $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes.
Ridden by Husbands, Telekinesis went straight to the lead in the 1⅛mile race but had to contend for most of the trip with a stubborn Rose’s Vision. The long shot continued to make the 2-5 favorite’s life difficult.
In the stretch, Telekinesis was much the best, pulling away to a 1 ¾-length win.
“He was travelling so easy,” Husbands said. “When he left the gate, he had one ear back and one ear forward. And that’s a sign the horse is right.”
“By the three-quarter pole, he was just playing with (Rose’s Vision). He just did enough to win the race.”
It was the second win in four career starts for the son of Ghostzapper, who was second in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in his most recent start.
Road to Victory found an outside lane in the stretch and charged to her third win in as many starts, taking the $100,000 Alywow Stakes.
Gary Boulanger, Ridden by the Casse-trained three-year-old tracked leaders on the rail. In the stretch, Boulanger took Road to Victory outside and took the lead at the eighth pole, beating Originator by a length as the 6-5 favourite.
It was Road to Victory’s first start of 2018. She won the Golden Rod at Churchill Downs last fall, handing Monomoy Girl her only loss.
Justify’s breathtaking domination of the Belmont Stakes was the final act of a spectacular festival at Belmont Park, which starred two outstanding fillies.
Abel Tasman, First it was the three-year-old champion from last year wearing the same China Horse Club colours as Justify, winning the $750,000 Ogden Phipps. It was the first win of the day for both Bob Baffert Mike Smith.
and One race later, Monomoy Girl adding to her win in the Kentucky Oaks with a dominating score in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes with Florent Geroux aboard.
Baffert enjoyed more success before the capacity crowd. Hoppertunity, with Flavien Prat aboard, won the 1½-mile Brooklyn Invitational.
Also, Spring Quality with Edgar Prado aboard for trainer Graham Motion, charged through the stretch to win the $1-million Manhattan. Bee Jersey, owned by Edmonton’s Charles Fipke, won the $1,200,000 Metropolitan with Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen.
German-bred A Raving Beauty took the $700,000 Just A Game with Irad Ortiz Jr. up. Ortiz also took the $400,000 Jaipur aboard Disco Partner. Still Having Fun, with Joel Rosario up, won the $400,000 Woody Stephens. Prince Lucky with John Velazquez aboard won the $150,000 Easy Goer.
Dixie Moon, riden byJockey Eurico Da Silva, captures the $500,000 Oaks for owner Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry at Woodbine Racetrack yesterday.