TORONTO, ON – Trainer Ralph Biamonte’s Dirty Dangle outdeked the field with a sharp late rally to win Saturday’s $135,000 Woodbine Cares Stakes.
Breaking from post 2 under Sheena Ryan as the 9/2 co-third choice, Dirty Dangle soon settled along the rail with Forest Drift and Rocket Reload to her outside.
Up front, Chatelet and Souper Munnings dueled heads apart through an opening 1/4-mile in :22.14, but they came under pressure exiting the far turn when Rocket Reload and the 9/5 favorite Illegal Smile made wide bids.
Rocket Reload took the lead at the top of the stretch but immediately had to fight off Illegal Smile, and all the while Ryan had Dirty Dangle flying after them down the middle of the lane.
Getting by the bettors’ choice in the late stages, Dirty Dangle crossed 1 1/4 lengths clear in a final time of :56.82 for the 5-furlong firm inner turf sprint restricted to juvenile fillies.
“I had so much horse going around the turn,” Ryan said. “I had lots of horse, she ran really well, and I’m really impressed with her. They did a great job, Ralph and his crew. They did a great job and they got this filly ready really well.”
Illegal Smile took second by a head over Rocket Reload, while Souper Munnings 3 lengths further back in fourth.
Forest Drift, Chatelet, and a non-factoring Silent Mamba completed the order of finish.
Dirty Dangle’s win followed her debut score over the local synthetic main track on August 16, which came over Souper Munnings among others. The Not This Time filly became her freshman sire’s first turf winner and has now earned $93,903 for co-owners Carmen DeMizio and Mary Biamonte.
“We always thought she was pretty good and ‘Sheens’ did an excellent job,” Ralph Biamonte said. “Today, she looked like she got into a little bit of trouble, (but) she kept her composure, moved to the outside, and away she came.”
Dirty Dangle returned $11.30 to win, $4.70 to place, and $3.60 to show. Illegal Smile brought back $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show, while Rocket Reload paid $3.40 to show.