TORONTO, ON – Telekinesis wired the field in Saturday’s $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine. This was the first victory for the three-year-old son of Ghostzapper since breaking his maiden in February.
The Plate Trial Stakes is considered the top local prep race for the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate Stakes, the Canadian-bred version of the Kentucky Derby that is scheduled for June 30 at Woodbine.
Telekinesis broke extremely well and took up a comfortable early lead. Into the first turn, Rose’s Vision and Scrapper sat just off the pace while Telekinesis set a very comfortable early fraction of :25.06. On the backstretch, Rose’s Vision with jockey Gary Boulanger aboard drew alongside Telekinesis hoping to push the pace, yet Telekinesis kept things nice and easy with fractions of :49.66 and 1:13.31. Into the stretch, it was a two horse race with Rose’s Vision and Telekinesis matching strides but it was Telekinesis that proved to be the better horse winning by just over a length with a final time of 1:50.40. Aheadbyacentury finished in third followed quickly by Boyhood Dream.
“He was travelling so easy,” said Husbands, who was riding Telekinesis for the first time in a race. “By the time I left the gate, he had one ear back and one ear forward and that’s a sign that a horse is comfortable under you. So I got about the three-quarter pole and he still had one ear forward and one ear back, he showed me that he was just playing with that horse. Down the lane, I was squeezing him a little bit. He did just enough to win the race.”
Telekinesis returned $2.90 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.10 to show. Rose’s Vision brought back $9.20 to place and $5.00 to show, while Aheadbyacentury paid $2.90 to show.