Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Photo Essay: Inglorious Wins The Woodbine Oaks

Woodbine's Sunday card featured the Plate Trial and Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser - - which presented an early preview of the contenders for the Queen's Plate to be held on Sunday June 26th.

Inglorious was the favourite going into the Oaks and she put in a sparkling performance closing on the slow fractions of pace-setter Spooky Kitten to take the lead late under a rousing ride from Luis Contreras.

Luis Contreras celebrates his Oaks win with Inglorious

The Plate Trial showcased shippers Bowman's Causeway, Imhotep and Sensational Slam taking on Woodbine-based favourites Bear's Chill and Check Your Soul in a field that also included Strike Oil, Hippolytus, Sandy Gully and Speed Ring. Check Your Soul overcame a slow start, breaking in air, to rally to the lead at the top of the stretch before gearing down to an easy three and a quarter length victory.

Check Your Soul captured the Plate Trial with ease

It's also worth noting that despite jockeys such as Jose Lezcano, Javier Castellano,
and Edgar Prado shipping in for the big event that the local jocks won all three stakes on the day - - Husbands taking the Alywow with New Normal and Plate Trial aboard Check Your Soul; while Luis Contreras won the Oaks with Inglorious. Well done jocks!

I'll have more words on the races later this week, but for now please enjoy the following photo essay. As always, double-left-click on the image to enlarge the photo and use your 'BACK' button to return to the photo essay.

Reade Baker talks to TVG before the race

Eurico Rosa da Silva shows Bowman's Causeway the way to the track

The familiar carriage of Bear's Chill

A peaceful Javier Castellano and Imhotep

Camera shy Tyler Pizarro hides in plain sight aboard Hippolytus

Patrick Husbands sits tall aboard Check Your Soul

A focused Jono Jones steers Sandy Gully to the track

Emma-Jayne Wilson and Speed Ring lead the Plate Trial post parade

Turf genius Jose Lezcano hoped to be just as sensational on poly

Chill may not like two turns but he'll be hot in the sprint stakes at Woodbine

The giant Bowman's Causeway

WOW - Patrick Husbands sitting on a big performance from Check Your Soul

Slam was not sensational on this day

And away they go with Bear's Chill leading the way

Husbands saved a little soul for the Queen's Plate

Checks Your Soul skips to victory in the Plate Trial

Look at him bouncing over the poly!

Charles Fipke takes an admiring glance at Check Your Soul

The winners circle around for a photo

Fipke congratulates Husbands on a sparkling ride

Check Your Soul checks me out

Check Your Soul romps to victory in the Plate Trial


The grey-cious Charismatically tip toes betweeb the trees

The sun was shining on Inglorious

Grand Style walks the Woodbine runway

A poised Abrianna prepares for battle

Spooky Kitten haunts the Woodbine walking ring

Emma-Jayne Wilson and the speedy Bear It's Time

Luis Contreras looking slick on the back of Strike Oil

The talented Roxy Gap will continue to be a force in the Triple Tiara

There would be no gold for Silver Ami on this day

Edgar Prado on the post parade prowl with Spooky Kitten

The daughter of Medaglia D'oro was in the mix early

Looking like a winner

Spooky Kitten leads the field into the clubhouse turn

Can't catch me

Get your hands up in the air!

High Five

Smiles all around as CBC's reporter ask the questions

A regal looking Inglorious

Josie's horse is no pussycat

Contreras put the petal to the metal to win the Oaks

Owner Verne Dubinsky parades his prized filly

Team effort!

Say cheese!

My what big teeth you have

Inglorious soaks up some love from her grooms

Luis Contreras enjoys the moment

Contreras to the lead...

A blanket finish !

Inglorious chases down Spooky Kitten to win the Oaks

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Brian Appleton said...

It was great seeing Inglorious back in the winners circle, she's such a classy filly.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the photos!
Great race!
Loved seeing the filly beat the boys!!!
Thanks for sharing!