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TORONTO, ON – LNJ Foxwoods’ Boardroom was simply brilliant in winning the $155,400 Seaway Stakes (G3) on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine.
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Luis Contreras looked confident from the moment the gates opened in the seven-furlong Seaway, for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, piloting the Josie Carroll trainee to the easiest of victories in the main track stakes event.
After breaking sharply from the outside post seven, Boardroom was settled comfortably into fourth as Toffen seized the early lead and took her rivals through an opening quarter timed in :23.34, as Hell N Wild and Fiduciary followed in second and third, respectively.
Toffen, ahead by 1 ½-lengths after a half in :46.39, was soon confronted by rivals to her outside, a group that included 6-5 choice Boardroom.
As the field rounded the turn for home, Contreras took a quick glance to see if any closers were coming to call, before giving the 4-year-old daughter of Commissioner her cue.
From there, it was game over.
The duo dashed away from their pursuers with ease, widening their advantage with every stride, crossing the wire 4 ½-length winners. Our Secret Agent finished second, two lengths ahead of Amalfi Coast.
Final time for seven panels over the Tapeta was 1:22.02.
“We had a good break, and I was in control of the race every single step of the way,” said Contreras. “She always surprised me, even in the morning and the afternoon. Every race she gave me, she showed me some improvement. So, I’m very happy with this filly. I love her.”
It was the fifth win, along with one second and a third, from seven starts for Boardroom, who also counts stakes scores in the Duchess and Grade 3 Whimsical.
“She’s just a really special filly,” said Carroll. “I think we knew from the moment she came in that she had the capability, and she’s just blossomed as she’s gotten older. We’re so fortunate that LNJ Foxwoods would send her to us.
“I think we’ll see how she comes out of it, but we do have a great sprint series here at Woodbine. So, it’s a wonderful place for her to be.”
Bred by Polo Green Stable Inc., Boardroom launched her career with two straight victories, starting last June at Woodbine.
She paid $4.40 for the win.
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