Wilson has high hopes for Dun Drum
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson and trainer Ian Black combined to win a memorable Queen’s Plate with Mike Fox in 2007. They have a prospect for next year’s Plate with another rail runner, Dun Drum, who was a thoroughly professional winner of last Saturday’s $100,000 Kingarvie Stakes.
Even though it’s an Ontario-sired event, the Kingarvie has produced several highprofile Canadian Triple Crown competitors over the years, most notably Amis Gizmo and Pender Harbour.
“You’ve always got to keep your eye out for 2-year-olds, for what they can potentially be,” Wilson said. “Canadian -breds are something that we pay particular attention to. When [Dun Drum] stepped up the way he did, that crossed my mind. He acts like an old pro. Fingers crossed that he’ll be in contention for the Plate next year. It’s a long road, and every step is a question. Thus far, he’s answered those questions and passed those tests with flying colors.”
Wilson missed the first three months of the meet due to a broken arm, but the 37-yearold has had a successful second half. Through last Sunday, she ranked eighth in the jockey standings with 36 wins, which included a Grade 3 stakes score aboard Solidify.
All things considered, Wilson said she’s happy with the way her season has gone.
“To get into the top 10 at Woodbine is significant, and that was the goal when I started back in July,” Wilson said. “There were some doubters. A couple people didn’t think I’d win 10 races. In the beginning, I was just happy to be back riding. There were some dark days during my injury. I got a little frustrated with the rehab. Things weren’t going the way I thought. You take those things in stride and use them as motivation to get you to the next day. It’s one day at a time. I’m pretty pleased. I’m appreciative of the people who have been loyal to me throughout the years, to come back right around and give me a couple of live horses and get right back into the swing of things.”
Wilson has mounts in eight of Friday’s nine races, including on Our Uncle Drew for Black in the first race.
In the second, Wilson has a realistic chance on Farfalla, who was second at the same $40,000 maiden level on debut. She will ride the erratic Joe Clocker for the first time in the third race.
Last year, Wilson rode Victory L to a maiden win. Victory L., who has struggled of late, is getting some class relief in the fourth race.
Wilson rides the debuting Bridlecrest in the fifth; the class-plunging Raiden in the sixth; contender Flat Out Vixen in the eighth; and longshot Perlarana in the nightcap.