TORONTO, ON – Following 4 straight runner-up efforts, Painting is a bridesmaid no longer after winning Saturday’s $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3) at Woodbine.
Painting was the even-money favorite as she broke from post 3 under Patrick Husbands and found herself at the rear of the six-horse field.
Sister Peacock went to the lead initially, but Victory Kingdom soon overtook her before heading into the far turn and posting opening fractions of :22.17 and :44.77.
Husbands gave Painting the cue at the 1/4 pole and sent her out four-wide in order to sweep past several rivals by the top of the stretch.
Victory Kingdom’s advantage slowly slipped away as Painting steadily gobbled up ground, taking over five jumps before crossing victorious by a neck.
The Josie Carroll trainee completed the 6-furlong fast synthetic sprint in 1:09.46.
Sav took third ahead of Magic Spell, while behind them came Tomlin and Sister Peacock to complete the order of finish.
Painting’s win was her first at the stakes level and first since defeating allowance rivals in a 6 1/2-furlong dash over this course last November and improved her overall record to 10-3-5-1. The 4-year-old Distorted Humor filly has now earned $214,445 for co-owners Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings (who also bred her), Glenn Sikura, and Windsor Boys Racing.
Painting returned $4.30 to win, $2.70 to place, and $2.20 to show. Victory Kingdom brought back $10.60 to place and $4.30 to show, while Sav paid $2.90 to show.