Wil­son has high hopes for Dun Drum

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Ron Gierkink

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.

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