TORONTO, August 23, 2018 – Multiple graded stakes winner Moonlit Promise will give trainer Josie Carroll a chance at a Seaway Stakes repeat this Sunday in the co-featured Grade 3 event at Woodbine Racetrack.
The $125,000 seven-furlong stakes race for older fillies and mares shares top billing on the Sunday program with the inaugural $100,000 Soaring Free.
Moonlit Promise went three-for-three in fall stakes action last year at Woodbine and was the Sovereign Award runner-up to stablemate Ami’s Mesa, who won the 2017 Seaway Stakes for Carroll.
Owned and bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings, Moonlit Promise has earned top three finishes in the Grade 3 Hendrie and Whimsical sprint stakes during the current Woodbine meet but was tested at 1-1/16 miles in the Ontario Matron last time out in mid-July.
“I think she always shows up and tries hard,” said Carroll of the Malibu Moon mare’s sixth-place result in the Ontario Matron. “She’s training very well and I’m looking forward to cutting back to her sprint distance.”
Carroll also shared an update on the 2017 champion Ami’s Mesa, who last raced in April, closing for sixth-place in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland.
“She’s training very forwardly and getting close to being ready to run,” briefed Carroll, who won the Seaway in 2014 as well with Leigh Court.
Code Warrior will move back to the main track where she has won back-to-back editions of the Grade 3 Hendrie. Owned by Zilli Racing Stables, the five-year-old daughter of Society’s Chairman is one of two mares in the field trained by Michael De Paulo. He also conditions Mark Dodson’s Sister Nation, who won last year’s Ruling Angel Stakes.
Trainer Mark Casse has a pair of supplements in the field including Stonestreet Stable’s Malibu Bonnie and Live Oak Plantation’s Let It Ride Mom, who kicked off her four-year-old campaign winning the Grade 3 Whimsical and just missed in the subsequent Hendrie and Ontario Matron.
Other Seaway Stakes hopefuls in the field include Answer My Call, Corps de Ballet, Just Be Kind, Princess Gibraltar and Thundering Sky.
Here is a look at the complete field in post position order for the afternoon’s 10th race Seaway Stakes:
$125,000 Seaway Stakes (Grade 3)
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1. Moonlit Promise – Gary Boulanger – Josie Carroll
2. Just Be Kind – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Reade Baker
3. Let It Ride Mom – Patrick Husbands – Mark Casse
4. Sister Nation – Eurico Rosa Da Silva – Michael De Paulo
5. Malibu Bonnie – Jerome Lermyte – Mark Casse
6. Answer My Call – Ademar Santos – Ryan Walsh
7. Thundering Sky – Rajiv Maragh – George Weaver
8. Corps de Ballet – Alan Garcia – Roger Attfield
9. Code Warrior – Jesse Campbell – Michael De Paulo
10. Princess Gibraltar – Rafael Hernandez – Christophe Clement