Born in a Breeze Goes Last to First in Vice Regent
August 30, 2015 01:27pm
Born in a Breeze wins 2015 Vice Regent
Photo: Michael Burns/Woodbine

Earle I. Mack LLC.'s Born in a Breeze, patiently handled by Alan Garcia, rallied last to first to win Sunday's $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Mark Frostad, the bay son of Leonnatus Anteas arrived at the grassy one-turn mile for Ontario-sired sophomores from a similar rallying allowance score over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course on July 25 when besting next out winner Cosmic Charlie.

Bread Winner broke best of all in the Vice Regent and stepped to the lead through an opening quarter of :23.52 with Super Colerosa, on the outside, and a rail-skimming Kingsport, pressing the pace. Super Colerosa, with Luis Contreras up, moved to the lead into the turn after a half-mile in :46.96 and opened up a 2 1/2-length advantage.

Kingsport, piloted by Patrick Husbands, took aim at the leader as the field straightened away, ducking in slightly in front of the surging Call Me Wally. However, the patient Garcia, sitting at the back of the pack aboard Born in a Breeze, angled off the rail for the stretch run, and rallied his mount to an impressive 1/2-length score.  Kingsport, sent to post as the 4-5 mutuel favourite, held place by a 1/2-length over Super Colerosa.  Born in a Breeze covered the mile over an E.P. Taylor Turf Course rated as 'Firm' in 1:34.85.

A claim of foul by David Moran, aboard Call Me Wally, against Husbands and Kingsport for interference at the top of the lane was disallowed by the stewards.

Garcia was confident throughout.

"He was so comfortable at the back, nice and relaxed," said Garcia. "Turning for home, I turned the horse into the hole and let him run. I was comfortable the entire time."

Frostad, inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011, admitted to being a little less confident than Garcia as the field turned for home.

"I was thinking he has some maneuvering to do to get through the field, but Alan got him through and he made a great run," said Frostad.

Born in a Breeze, bred in Ontario by Walnut Ridge Farm, banked $75,000 in victory while improving his record to 3-2-2 from seven starts.

He paid $8.10, $3.20 and $2.50, combining with Kingsport ($2.30, $2.20) for a $16.80 (5-2) exactor. A 5-2-9 triactor (Super Colerosa, $3.80 to show) was worth $81.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-2-9-1 (R U Watchingbud)] came back $186.20. Conquest Strate Up was scratched.

Theogony best in Belle Mahone

Toronto, August 30- Conrad Farms’ Theogony made a last minute drive on the inside to edge Smartyfly inSunday’s $108,000 Belle Mahone Stakes, at Woodbine.

The Mark Casse trainee captured her first career stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile 'Poly' stake while making her 2015 debut, returning to the races after a lengthy 11-month layoff. Guided by Gary Boulanger, the five-year-old chestnut has now recorded two consecutive victories with the veteran rider aboard.

In a compact field of five, Theogony was the public’s third choice at odds of 7-1. Headlining the stakes contest was the heavily wagered Checkered Past, a Sam-Son Farm homebred that exited the gate at odds of 1-2. The daughter of Smart Strike never threatened, as she made a late run three wide, advancing to a third-place finish.

Drawing post position two, Theogony broke well from the gate and pressed the pace setter, Aunt Els, through splits of 24.81 and :49.24. As Aunt Els evened out, Theogony took the lead at the top of the stretch and was immediately challenged by second favourite, Smartyfly. The two mares battled side by side down the stretch, with Theogony opening up in the final sixteenth to win by 1 ¼ lengths, stopping the clock in 1:44.13.

“She’s been training well,” said Boulanger.  “I thought she would be competitive and it all worked out.”

“It was just a matter of asking her when to run, and when I did, she gave me everything she had”.

Theogony was bred in Kentucky by A Lakin and Sons Inc. She is a five-year-old chestnut mare by Curlin out of a Tale of the Cat mare, Upcoming Story. Her winning run in the Belle Mahone banked a total of $60,000. She now has four career wins with earnings of over $180,000.

She paid $17.30 to win and $6.50 to place, combing with Smartyfly ($4.20) for a $62.20 exactor. The $1 triactor (Checkered Past) paid $84.70. There was no show wagering.

Source: Woodbine Communications Office


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