TORONTO, ON – Miss Mo Mentum battled hard to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $125,000 Selene Stakes at Woodbine. This was the second career stakes win and the first win in 2018 for the three-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo.
All horses broke well at the start and Remember Daisy took up the early lead. Get Explicit pulled up behind Remember Daisy just and sat just off the pace as Remember Daisy set the fractions of :23.94, :47.37, and :111.44. Into the second turn, Go Noni Go challenged for the lead when she drew up three-wide and the leader Remember Daisy began to slow. As they hit the stretch, it looked like it could be anyone’s race to win with all horses within a few lengths of each other. With a burst of speed, Dixie Moon split horses and looked to be the most likely to hold on for the win, but Miss Mo Mentum dug in to match her stride for stride. The pair continued neck and neck down the stretch but Miss Mo Mentum dug in to neck out the win. Dixie Moon finished second followed by Safe to Say in third and Avie’s Mineshaft in fourth.
“When this horse comes to the [synthetic track], it’s a whole different scenario,” said jockey Patrick Husbands, who described Miss Mo Mentum as a ‘monster’ filly. “Going into this race, I was very sweet on her. I only had one problem, the rail is good, the speed is holding and I draw the outside [post seven] – that’s the only concern. Six furlongs out, I knew it was going along pretty fast – it was really clicking – so I started to feel happy and then I dashed back on the inside by the five-eighths pole and I saw Eurico [Rosa Da Silva aboard Dixie Moon] and my heart got big.”
Miss Mo Mentum returned $12.50 to win, $5.10 to place, and $4.10 to show. Dixie Moon brought back $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show, while Safe to Say paid $7.10 to show.