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
Up next is the WOODBINE OAKS PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER!
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!
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
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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