TORONTO, ON – Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred Artie’s Princess was crowned victorious in Saturday’s $100,00 Ruling Angel Stakes at Woodbine.
Breaking from post 6 under Justin Stein as the 2/1 second choice, Artie’s Princess dueled with Positive Danger through the early going before that one was eased due to a broken rein.
Left to run away in the far turn, Artie’s Princess straightened for home with a growing advantage that she maintained through to the wire.
The Wesley Ward trainee crossed 3 3/4 lengths much the best in a final time of 1:14.97 for the 6 1/2-furlong fast synthetic sprint.
“I had horse left,” Stein said. “I saved some pony, and around the turn, I can see out of my periphery the horses on the outside coming, and I was just sitting and waiting for the 1/4 pole to chirp at her and see if she’s going to run.”
Our Secret Agent was second, 7 lengths ahead of the 3/5 favorite Boardroom, while Avie’s Samurai and Positive Danger completed the order of finish in the race restricted to 3-year-old-fillies.
Jumping Jill Flash and Cambria were scratched.
Artie’s Princess found success at the stakes level for the first time in three tries, having finished second in last November’s Frost King and seventh in the Coronation Cup last time out. The Ontario-bred We Miss Artie filly improved her record to 6-4-1-0 with $161,130 earned.
Artie’s Princess returned $6.50 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.20 to show. Our Secret Agent brought back $5.60 to place and $2.60 to show, while Boardroom paid $2.10 to show.