Through the lens: The Prince of Wales Stakes in photos

July 25, 2019 05:21pm
Through the lens: The Prince of Wales Stakes in photos
Photo: Konrad Weeber/HRN

The second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown was contested Tuesday at the Fort Erie Race Track, which annually stages the Prince Of Wales Stakes.

Five of the finest Canadian-bred 3-year-old thoroughbreds ran 1 3/16 miles on the dirt track. The leading contender was One Bad Boy who had won the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine back on June 29th, and the question was whether he would be able to continue his run for the Triple Crown.


The gorgeous race day started with early morning workouts, to which Krista Carignan shows up with a warming smile. Carignan is the leader of this year’s season at Fort Erie, as well as last year’s winner 



Krista began working her horses starting at sunrise...



...until well into the mid morning, breezing horses here next to Sunny Singh.



The race card for the day got kicked off with a turf event. Here, Luis Contreras leads the pack for his win on Diamond Brew.



Pierre Mailhot hangs out in front of the jockeys’ room before the second race, which he won, then also took the third.





The fourth race brought the redemption for Mr Changue, leading out of the gate on the far left. He had been miraculously saved from a sinkhole while grazing at the backstretch next to his barn on July 11 and showed his heart and determination again by winning just 12 days later.



At the beginning of the fifth race, Daisuke Fukumoto on Rockbarton and Krista Carignan on Drena’s Bullet battle for position, but in the end it was again Pierre Mailhot who prevailed with Pleasant Forest for his third win of the day.




As the sun started to set on the horizon, the five contenders for the Prince of Wales Stakes entered the paddock. Here in order of post position: One Bad Boy, Avie’s Flatter, Tone Broke, He’s a Macho Man and Skywire.







For Patrick Husbands, jockey of He’s a Macho Man, this was familiar turf. Husbands was the last winner of the Canadian Triple Crown with Wando in 2003.


The race itself started with One Bad Boy taking the early lead, pursued by by Avie’s Flatter. And it stayed such until Tone Broke came from behind at the eighth pole, then separated to win by two and a half lengths.





For jockey Ricardo Santana it was his first win in his first race at Fort Erie, and he was obviously looking forward to the winner’s circle.





While Ricardo proudly displayed his Prince of Wales trophy, Tone Broke was looking forward to his deserved shower heading toward his barn




And thus, Canada will have to wait another year for its Triple Crown drought to end.


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