Caren ends her 2016 campaign with a front-running score in Carotene
October 23, 2016 02:12pm
Caren wins 2016 Carotene
Photo: Michael Burns/Woodbine

Robert Marzilli's Caren made her final start of 2016 a winning one with a front-running score in Sunday's $150,000 Carotene Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Mike DePaulo, the three-year-old daughter of Society's Chairman picked up her fourth stakes win of the meet, and surged past CDN$1-million in purse earnings, with a decisive score in the 1 1/8-mile turf event for Ontario-bred sophomore fillies.

Caren has enjoyed a tremendous three-year-old season. A powerful pace presence, Caren finished second in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes and third in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, before asserting her dominance in the division with four successive added-money scores.

On July 10, the talented bay burst from the gate in front in the Bison City Stakes, second jewel of the filly Triple Tiara, and hasn't been headed since.  A length winner of the Bison City, Caren then proved her stamina in the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where Stakes, third, and turf, jewel of the Triple Tiara before adding a graded stakes score to her resume with a nose victory in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen.

On Sunday, with regular pilot Jesse Campbell aboard, Caren again stepped to the front through splits of :24.48 and :48.96 with Calling Rhy Rhy and Niigon's Eclipse pressing her early foot. Shake Down Baby, who came up a nose short to Caren in the Ontario Colleen, settled next to last in the field of seven in the early running under Gary Boulanger.

Caren, under a hand ride throughout, led the field through the final turn and surged confidently down the lane as Calling Rhy Rhy and Niigon's Eclipse tried in vain to reel her in.  Shake Down Baby, angled outside for the stretch run, also made her bid, but there was no catching the confident Caren who notched a length win.  Niigon's Eclipse got up for place over Calling Rhy Rhy with Shake Down Baby settling for fourth. Caren covered nine furlongs over a 'good' turf course in 1:49.10.

Campbell tipped his cap to the game filly who boasts wins from 4 1/2-furlongs out to 1 1/4-miles.

"Every time I question something about her, she just proves us wrong," said Campbell. "She's just a nice horse. There's no other way around it."

The veteran rider, who also took the co-featured Fanfreluche Stakes on the undercard, noted that last time out, in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen when travelling a mile on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, Caren had to use her speed to make the lead.  

"Pace makes the race. If you look at the fractions going a mile, it was quicker and a harder fought race down the back side," said Campbell. "Today, she got in front and rated herself. I knew she had more down the lane because she was running more within herself.

"You know what makes her tough," continued Campbell. "She's quick and she has stamina."

The victory provided DePaulo with his ninth stakes victory of the meet.

“Caren has been a star. She’s a millionaire today. She’s the first filly I’ve had to win a million,” said DePaulo.

DePaulo will look to continue an impressive season when he saddles Noholdingback Bear in the Grade 1 $1.5-million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on November 5.  The three-year-old colt breezed five furlongs in :59 flat over Woodbine’s dirt training track early this morning.

“He worked good today. We’re ready to go. One more work and we’re off to California,” said DePaulo.

Caren, bred in Ontario by James A. Everatt, Janeane A. Everatt & J. Arika Everatt-Meeuse, banked $90,000 in victory while improving her record to 9-2-2 from 14 starts.
She paid $5.90, $3.30 and $2.80, combining with Niigon's Eclipse ($5.40, $3.70) for a $24.80 (5-7) exacta. A 5-7-6 trifecta (Calling Rhy Rhy, $3.90 to show) was worth $108.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-7-3 (Shake Down Baby)] came back $79.65.

Will She? No doubt about it in Fanfreluche romp

Will She, patiently handled by Jesse Campbell, settled off a hot early pace before pouncing to an open lengths score in Sunday's co-featured $150,000 Fanfreluche Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Mike Keogh for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz, Will She arrived at the six furlong Tapeta sprint for Ontario-bred juvenile fillies from an off-the-board effort in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.  Sent to post at odds of 7-1 in the Fanfreluche, Will She, racing on the main track for the first time, reverted back to the excellent form of her winning debut to score an 8 3/4-length win.
Heard That, the 1-5 mutuel favourite, was away alertly with Will She and Sassy Ombre soon converging in a three-horse battle for the lead.  Campbell took back with Will She while Patrick Husbands, aboard Sassy Ombre, pressed the accelerator and zipped through splits of :21.23 and :44.32 leaving Heard That to chase from second.
Campbell asked Will She for her best run late in the turn and the chestnut responded with a powerful turn of foot, taking command at the top of the lane, and surging home a comfortable winner.  Green Freedom closed from well off the pace to earn second money, by a nose, over Heard That. Will She covered six furlongs in 1:10.06.
The well-bred Will She, by Wando out of Sweet Bama Breeze, is a full sister to the good allowance winner Sweet Grass Creek. In the 2015 Queen's Plate, a headstrong Sweet Grass Creek powered to the lead under Campbell before fading.  Will She pulled a similar move on Campbell last time out in the Natalma.
"She kind of locked on the bit with Jesse and was gone," said Keogh of the Natalma effort. "It was Just like Sweet Grass Creek, her full brother, did in the Plate. Cutting back to six furlongs today really helped."
Keogh, who trained Wando to a memorable Triple Crown run in 2003, allowed Campbell the freedom to choose his own strategy in the Fanfreluche.
"Mike said 'You ride the race you need to ride,'" offered Campbell. "He has a lot of confidence in me and he lets me ride. It helps. Big thanks to the barn, these guys put their athletes first and it shows."
Will She, bred in Ontario by her owner, banked $90,000 in victory while improving her record to two wins from three starts.
She paid $16.30 and $7.10, combining with Green Freedom ($4.30) for a $46.30 (2-5) exacta. A 2-5-1 trifecta (Heard That) was worth $93.90. There was no show wagering.

Source: Woodbine Communications Office


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