Frank DiGiulio Jr.'s Sweater Weather, patiently handled by Jermaine Bridgmohan, picked up her second stakes win of the meet with an impressive stretch run in Sunday's co-featured $125,000 Classy 'n Smart Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Robert Tiller, the five-year-old Milwaukee Brew bay arrived at the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta route for Ontario-sired fillies and mares from a similar driving score in the Algoma Stakes on August 31.
Generous Touch, winner of the Passing Mood and Eternal Search Stakes in July, set splits of :25.13 and :50.99 with Sparkles' Girl on her flank and Hot Kiss, the 3-5 mutuel favourite, stalking from third position. Galina Point moved up outside of Hot Kiss down the back straight as Generous Touch led the field into the final turn and tried to kick clear.
The ever-patient Bridgmohan was last into the turn with Sweater Weather but rallied impressively around rivals to surge past a game and determined Generous Touch and secure a 1 1/4-length win. Hot Kiss battled gamely down the lane and found an inside seam late to get up and earn place money by a head over Generous Touch. Sweater Weather stopped the clock in 1:45.11.
Bridgmohan, aboard for the Algoma score, was content at the back of the pack aboard Sweater Weather.
"The filly was comfortable and that's the main thing. She was happy being there," said Bridgmohan. "She made a good run like she always does. She always tries. She's such a wonderful filly."
It was Tiller's fourth win in the Classy n' Smart. The Hall of Fame trainer notched a natural hat trick from 2002-2004 with Brass in Pocket, who was also owned by the DiGiulio family.
Tiller had complete confidence in Bridgmohan, the filly's regular pilot.
"The game plan was to let her relax. That's what made her win before and I knew she was very capable of closing," said Tiller. "She's really getting good this filly. She's been wonderful for us.
"She's got a lot of pump," continued Tiller. "She's a trier and I just let my riders ride their own race. All we wanted was to let her close ground."
Sweater Weather, bred in Ontario by Osprey Stable, banked $75,000 in victory while improving her record to 6-5-3 from 19 starts.
She paid $13.30, $4.50 and $3, combining with Hot Kiss ($2.40, $2.10) for a $28.70 (5-6) exactor. A 5-6-2 triactor (Generous Touch, $4.80 to show) was worth $177.30, while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-2-7 (Galina Point)] came back $331.10.
Source: Woodbine Communications Office