Dettori returns to Woodbine with a win



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Frankie Dettori’s first visit to Woodbine in nine years was a success.


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The world’s most famous active driver, winner of most thoroughbred racing grand prizes, is returning three more first class races to his English base after taking two very impressive Sunday wins on Walton Street at Canadian International.

Both Wild Beauty and Albahr had subpar starts but ended up being the best in the $ 400,000 Natalma Stakes and the $ 400,000 Summer Stakes, respectively. The two horses, which belong to the mighty Godolphin team from Dubai and are trained by Charlie Appleby, secured their participation in the Breeders’ Cup races in November. And everything points to the fact that we’ll see them in Del Mar.

Wild Beauty was pushed back at the beginning of Natalma, but Dettori sent Frankel’s daughter around the field. Still six lengths back around the curve, she took the lead early and cruised to a victory over three lengths.


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Albahr broke cleaner, but was still camping in the back of the nine-man field at the start of the 1.6 km long summer. But again, working to the top seemed a breeze for Dubawi’s two-year-old son as he saved some ground around the bend and then swung wide to take the lead and score 2½ lengths over Grafton Street.

“Coming here and winning three classes is always difficult, but we did it,” said Dettori. “Thanks to the Godolphi and Charlie team, I got some nice horses to ride these three nice horses. And we did the job. ”

Wild Beauty has taken three wins from six starts in its first year so far. Albahr had won three of his first four starts in England, including a small outing last time. Both showed enough talent to give confidence to Alex Merriman, an assistant at Appleby.


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“(Albahr) had a decent shape. He’s tough, ”said Merriman. “You traveled well, left everything. We were full of hope. ”

“You met expectations.”

Dettori believes Albahr can take the tight turns at Del Mar, while Wild Beauty may need some luck starting in San Diego.


Diamond City won the $ 125,000 Ontario Racing Stakes. Ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, the two-year-old was third behind two dueling leaders at the start of the five-stack sprint, but showed her class on the track and won as a 4-5 favorite in 57.88 seconds. It was the first win in three outings for the Mark Casse-trained son of Shackleford.

Derrynane never had a scared moment when he scored a comfortable win in the $ 125,000 Woodbine Cares Stakes. Ridden by Joel Rosario, the two-year-old filly sat in the back of the seven-horse field that was cornering. She overtook rivals Fifth Anniversary and Pacesetter Fulminate in the middle and retired flawlessly. It was the second victory in three starts for Christophe Clement’s trainee.


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In his acceptance speech at the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award ceremony on Sunday, Eurico Rosa da Silva recalled stories told about the late Gomez and said Sandy Hawley was an inspiration. In the 2010s, Da Silva got into conversation with these successful jockeys and charismatic personalities.

“This is my opportunity to thank everyone,” said Da Silva. “Woodbine is a wonderful, wonderful community.”

“I want to thank the fans. I will never forget the support I got when I drove here. ”


A hundred dollar bill was not eligible for the Canadian Trotting Classic, so its owners invested $ 60,000 to get it into the race. In less than two minutes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park, they achieved a 500 percent return on that investment.


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Given a textbook runner-up from Andrew McCarthy, Chapter Seven’s three-year-old son, usually a race director in New York Sires stakes action on some of that state’s 800-mile racetracks, sat early behind speed, making his bend around the corner following the race favorite Fashion frenzie. On the track, Ahundredollarbill moved outside of this toll rival and overtook the Pacesetter Winning Ticket 100 meters to the finish to score in 1:52.

“This horse has ridden half-mile routes for most of the year and it’s kind of crazy not to put them in the halves,” said McCarthy. “But he’s much better with a trip.”

“He relaxes well and rides great without a helmet so I wanted to work out a second trip tonight if I could. In the end we found the right thing. ”


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It was the 10thNS Overall victory for Tony Alagna’s trainee.


Also on another super Saturday in Campbellville, Donna Soprano made a rousing comeback with stretch drive at the US $ 414,000 Elegantimage Stakes.

Past 3-5 favorite Bella Bellini as the field turned on the journey home, driver Bob McClure held Donna Soprano on the rail in a straight line and fought his way back to the lead, winning with half a length in 1:52 3 / 5.

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The Canadian pacing derby winner Allywag Hannover was the class of the 100,000 dollar Mohawk Gold Cup field and won in 1:48 1/5. And Abuckabett Hannover won the $ 176,815 Simcoe Stakes.

Mohawk Grand Circuit Month ends next Saturday with the Mohawk Million valued at $ 1 million and Metro Pace valued at $ 824,000.



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