TORONTO, September 5 – Monday’s Yearling Sales Stakes program at Woodbine was highlighted by a slew of upsets, including a 74-1 shocker executed by Bug’s Boy.
In the six added-money races, not one favourite prevailed, including Bug’s Boy’s triumph in the Halton Stakes. The son of Crown Attorney returned $150.10 for the victory.
Among the day’s highlights were two wins by trainer Ralph Biamonte, who saddled Menlo Castle to a win in the Simcoe, while Rose and Shine took the Muskoka.
Six different jockeys won a stake: Justin Stein (Kenora), Patrick Husbands (Simcoe), Omar Moreno (Halton), Eurico Rosa da Silva (Muskoka), Corey Fraser (Algoma) and Jesse Campbell (Elgin).
Aside from Biamonte, Mike De Paulo, John LeBlanc Jr., Audre Cappuccitti and Steven Chircop were the other trainers to make a trip to the winner’s circle.
The following are recaps of the day’s stakes events.
Quick Code ($20.10) rallied from well back to finish a head in front of Arepeatee to win the $125,000 Kenora Stakes. For the Mike De Paulo-trained three-year-old son of Omega Code, the Kenora was his fourth career tally and his first added-money score. Under jockey Justin Stein, Quick Code covered six furlongs in 1:09.93.
Ralph Biamonte trainee Menlo Castle ($10.10) was a dominant 7 ¾-length winner of the $200,000 Simcoe Stakes, giving owner Conor Healy his first added-money triumph. The 6 ½-furlong contest was also the first stakes score for the two-year-old gelded son of Forest Danger, ridden to victory by Patrick Husbands. Where’s Johnson, also conditioned by Biamonte, was second. Crowns Dynasty was third.
Maggie and Douglas LeBlanc’s Bug’s Boy ($150.10) wore down 3-5 shot Society’s Chairman in the $127,400 Halton Stakes. A winner by three-quarters of a length, Bug’s Boy covered one mile over a ‘good’ turf course in 1:38.71. He is trained by John LeBlanc Jr. and was ridden to victory by Omar Moreno.
Rose and Shine ($8.60), owned by James Sabiston, gave trainer Ralph Biamonte his second added-money win on the card (Menlo Castle took the Simcoe earlier), this time in the $200,000 Muskoka Stakes. It was the second win in four starts for the two-year-old filly. Rose and Shine was ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva. The daughter of Mr. Sekiguchi stopped the teletimer in 1:17.78.
Owner-trainer Audre Cappuccitti watched Euro Platinum ($48.90) rally from off the pace to capture the $125,400 Algoma Stakes. Under jockey Corey Fraser, Euro Platinum won her first race since a 40-1 upset in last November’s Jammed Lovely Stakes. The four-year-old daughter of Eurosilver travelled 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.58.
Medidocihospisurg ($28.10) eked out a head win in the $123,750 Elgin Stakes. The son of Thunder Gulch, under Jesse Campbell, got up in time to best Hippolytus and Sand Cove. The Steven Chircop trainee (he also co-owns with Joe Petrella) stopped the teletimer in 1:42.88.
Racing continues on Wednesday evening. First post is 6:45 p.m.