Juvenile stake pair highlights Friday card at Woodbine E! News UK
Silent Resent breaks his young daughter on August 7 in Woodbine
A two-year, $ 150,000 competitive stakes pair, the Clarendon presented by Ontario’s HBPA and the Shady Well presented by Pepsi, share the spotlight on Friday’s eight-race card at Woodbine.
Each series of 5½ stadiums above Tapeta, Clarendon and Shady Well, for rookies high in Ontario, will be featured on Racing Light Live, which will air from 7 pm to 9 pm ET on TSN.
The map also includes the final stage of the Woodbine Turf Endurance Series, which drew 11 hopefuls for the ¾-mile marathon on the EP Taylor Turf course.
Coach Andrew Smith crossed filly Silent Resent in both stakes.
A dark bay girl from Silent Name (JN), the dark bay bred and owned by Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, debuted on August 7 with a win.
Sent on her way to 14-1, Silent Resent converted a lead advantage on the stretch call of the six-meter Tapeta race to a four-length win in 1: 11.33.
“It was a great win,” said Smith. “I’m not sure what caliber of horses we beat, but she won quite easily. I thought she would do a good run the first time around because she had shown quite a bit in the morning.
In her most recent start, the one-mile Victorian Queen Stakes played on the Toronto Oval Inner Turf, she finished sixth, six lengths behind the winner.
“She was pretty good at the start and it was kind of the end of the race for her,” Smith said. “If she had scored a little better, I think she would have run a little better. I thought she was going to run better, so I was disappointed there. I thought she would stretch, but she didn’t relax for us. This was the main problem. If she had relaxed, she could have finished better.
Smith, who is enjoying a strong 2021 campaign, believes the filly will return with a bigger effort on Friday.
“She’s heading for this next start doing pretty well. She’s definitely strong and I think she’ll like the distance reduction. Around the barn, she is very aggressive. She wants to train hard all the time and goes, goes, goes all the time.
Trainer Katerina Vassilieva will send the first winner My Girl Sky in the Shady Well.
Ranked winner of Dynamic Sky, My Girl Sky had a less than ideal start to her career on September 5 at Woodbine.
“She has a lot of heart and determination,” said Vassilieva. “She has this will to win. She had every excuse for not running well after being somehow bumped into the break and missing a step. But she flew home. I think she’s a brave filly and worth shooting in a place like this.
Vassilieva wasn’t sure how the gray filly would react the rest of the way after a rough start.
“I was surprised she got this kind of break because when Steve [jockey, Bahen] worked her from the gate – there were two other horses with her that day – she broke the faster and sharper. I think Steve and I expected her to be, if not at the top, somewhere in the mix early on – very close to the beat or in the lead.
The conditioner’s expectations about where Kevin Drew’s My Girl Sky would end up ended up changed throughout the race.
“When that didn’t happen I was hoping she would have a good experience and learn from it. As the race progressed I thought we had a chance to hit the board. Then I realized we actually had a chance to win. That’s when it got exciting. She had a really good closing kick and she really ran when Steve called her. It was nice to see.
Vassilieva enjoyed working with his young charge.
“She’s a darling. She loves people and she is very kind. She loves attention and she loves her job. She’s all business on the trail. She loves to train and seems to love being a racehorse I would say.
Dan Vella, who won consecutive editions of Shady Well, in 1994 with Honky Tonk Tune and a year later with Heavenly Valley, is represented by Marie MacKay in this year’s race.
Bred and owned by Track West Racing and Donald Whalen, the daughter of Noble Mission (GB) made her debut on September 11 at Woodbine, finishing second at 14-1 behind Aubrieta in the 5½ furlong race on the Tapeta.
Aubrieta, a two-year-old from Speightster, coached by double Hall of Famer Mark Casse, looked impressive in that 1-in-length score last month.
The Conrad Farms homebred will again be ridden by Patrick Husbands in Shady Well.
Six contenders, including Simcoe Stakes champion Ironstone, will compete for first place at the Clarendon.
The Shady Well is scheduled for the sixth race. The Clarendon is scheduled for the seventh race on Friday’s schedule at 4:45 p.m.
Fans can watch and bet on all the action with HPIbet.com and the Dark Horse Bets app.
STAKES OF $ 150,000 FOR SHADED WELLS
Position – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Aubrieta – Patrick Husbands – Mark Casse
2 – My Girl Sky – Steven Bahen – Katerina Vassilieva
3 – Silent Resentment – David Moran – Andrew Smith
4 – Ya Mar (S) – Antonio Gallardo – Mark Casse
5 – Shanghai Shamrock – Kazushi Kimura – Mark Casse
6 – Marie MacKay – Justin Stein – Daniel Vella
7 – Silver Magnatized – Gary Boulanger – Kevin Attard
CLARENDON CHALLENGES $ 150,000
Position – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Silent Runner – David Moran – Michael Doyle
2 – Silent Resentment – Antonio Gallardo – Andrew Smith
3 – Iron Stone – Ademar Santos – Willie Armata
4 – Bossy Holiday – Luis Contreras – Josie Carroll
5 – Releasing a caribou – Daisuke Fukumoto – Robert Tiller
6 – Repeat the heat – Rafael Hernandez – Michel De Paulo
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