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

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Dixie Moon

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.

FRONT RUN­NER

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.

CLEAR ROAD

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.

BIG WIN­NERS

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.

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