TORONTO, September 12, 2020 – Favourite Francatelli ($4.90) kicked off the stakes action on Queen’s Plate day at Woodbine, equalling the track record for five furlongs on the inner turf in the $100,000 King Corrie for three-year-olds.
Owned by trained Cathal Lynch and Maribeth Sandford, the City Zip-Salary Drive gelding was a dominant winner on the front-end in :55.46, matching the record set by Spanish Ballerina on July 30. Lontano followed 4-1/4 lengths behind in second with Forester’s Turn another three-quarters of a length back in third.
“He’s amazing,” said winning jockey Justin Stein. “We left the gate, he got his stride right away and he was cruising. I knew we were covering ground pretty quick, but he was doing it easy, just like a fast gallop.”
“He’s got a big stride and he’s really athletic. He’s huge; I couldn’t believe the speed he could show going five-eighths. He’s strong and just way faster than the rest of them.”
Francatelli earned his third (consecutive) victory from five lifetime starts.