ridden by Luis Contreras for U.S.-based trainer Michael Matz, took
command in mid-stretch and held off hard-charging stablemate Colonial
Flag to win the Grade 2, $306,400 Canadian Stakes on Sunday, part of the
undercard on Ricoh Woodbine Mile day.
a five-year-old French-bred daughter of Footstepsinthesand, now gets a
free berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf event at Santa Anita Park on November 1.
Colonial Flag was second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Moment of Majesty.
Contreras was able to sit his charge in sixth early in the 1 1/8-mile race through a pace of :23.53 and :46.53 set by La Tia. La
Tia continued to hold an edge into the turn, but when the running
started Minakshi swung outside of her rival and began to roll, seizing
the advantage mid-stretch. The dark bay continued her strong stride holding off rival Colonial Flag, who was last early, for the half-length win.
La Tia stayed for fourth, while favoured Solid Appeal was eighth.
“I got a nice staking trip,” Contreras said. “My filly relaxed really nicely for me. Michael
(trainer Matz) told me in the morning that the horse can be on the lead
but she relaxes better and she relaxed for me nice. I just angled
outside in the quarter pole and she just gave me everything and I got
more horse at the end.”
“She had a
wonderful trip up,” said Joy Cooper, assistant to Matz. “She’s a bit of a
quirky filly so you got to be really patient with her. She has to have
the pony in the paddock and you just hope everything goes her way
because the switch can flip and she can lose it so it is more so just
trying to let things go her way. “
It was the fifth lifetime win for Minakshi, but first in North America, after five stakes starts. She now has career earnings for Northern Bloodstock of $345,669.
returned $16.20, $9 and $6.50, pairing with Colonial Flag ($10.10,
$6.40) for a $113.60 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-6 (Moment of Majesty, $8.50
to show) triactor was worth $1,944.70. La Tia completed a $1 Superfecta
(1-7-6-5) worth $4,093.