Check out all the latest podcasts including Blinkers Off and The Magic Mike Show
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
TORONTO, ON – After only hitting the board once in her 3 prior stakes tries, Al and Bill Ulwelling’s Merveilleux doubled down with her second straight stakes score in Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Damsel at Woodbine.
Merveilleux broke from post 2 under Rafael Hernandez as the 2/1 second choice and sat a close stalking trip while Justleaveitalone and Avie’s Samurai dueled heads apart just in front of her.
Given the green light midway through the far turn, Merveilleux safely angled out from the rail and took the lead as she swept by three-wide at the top of the stretch.
The Kevin Attard trainee drew off late to win the 1 1/16-mile fast synthetic route by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:44.37.
“I just wanted to make sure to get the right move at the right time,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t want to get it too early and then flatten out in the lane, but everything worked good in the whole race. We sat behind the speed horse, relaxed good, and everything worked perfect today.”
Avie’s Samurai held second by just a neck over Afleet Katherine, the winner’s stablemate.
Ann of Cleves, the even-money favorite Curlin’s Voyage, and Justleaveitalone completed the order of finish.
Merveilleux’s win backed up her last-out victory in the Wonder Where Stakes and improved her overall record to 11-4-3-1. The 3-year-old Paynter filly has now earned $374,649.
“She was kind of misfortunate earlier in the year to have some rough trips and some bad racing luck, but she’s really put it together lately and I’m just happy to see it for the owners,” Attard said. “We’re just happy that she’s progressed like we wanted her to and hopefully she turns out to be a nice 4-year-old.”
Merveilleux returned $6.10 to win, $3.90 to place, and $2.90 to show. Avie’s Samurai brought back $5.10 to place and $3.70 to show, while Afleet Katherine paid $3.80 to show.
The Racing Dudes preview four 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) prep… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude give their thoughts on the Sweet… Read More
The Racing Dudes take a closer look and dish out… Read More
It’s been a heck of a week for the Somobombs!… Read More
Kingsbarns won the 2023 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds… Read More
Mike previews the 2023 Sunland Park Derby (G3) from Sunland… Read More
Mike previews the 2023 Sunland Park Oaks from Sunland Park,… Read More
Two Phil’s won the 2023 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at… Read More
Looking to cash in big?
Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!