TORONTO, October 31, 2020 – Odds-on favourite Dreaming of Drew delivered on her pari-mutuel promise with a dreamy performance in the 75th edition of the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes for Canadian-foaled two-year-old fillies on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.
With blinkers added, the Speightster miss set her sights on her first added-money score, leading all the way in 1-1/16-mile main track feature for jockey Patrick Husbands.
Dreaming of Drew set fractions of :24 to the quarter, :48.71 to the half and 1:13.42 to three-quarters with Bodacious Miss and Justin Stein applying pressure on the final turn and Il Malocchio moving into contention from mid-pack under Sahin Civaci.
As Dreaming of Drew turned back Bodacious Miss and floated away from her foes down the stretch, Il Malocchio came through to finish second with the stalking Emmeline and Kazushi Kimura closing to finish third over Bodacious Miss.
The chestnut filly, who won by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:44.07, concluded her five-race freshman campaign with two wins and two seconds, plus a fourth-place finish when facing Grade 1 company in the Natalma last time out.
Sent postward as the 4-5 favourite, she returned $3.90 to win.
“She’s a dream,” said Barb Minshall, who trains the promising youngster for Hoolie Racing Stable. “She’s been a great filly for us and I’m really looking forward to the future with her.
“Hopefully, she’ll be an Oaks contender next year.”
Among the past Princess Elizabeth winners that have gone on to take the Woodbine Oaks are Nipissing (2012), Roan Inish (2009), Ginger Gold (2001) and Dancethruthedawn (2000).