TORONTO, October 22, 2020 — Painting, a four-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor, looks to build off an impressive victory last time out when she takes on eight rivals in Friday’s $100,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Josie Carroll for the ownership group of Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Glenn Sikura, and Windsor Boys Racing, Painting arrives at the 6 ½-furlong overnight race for fillies and mares, three-year-olds & upward, off a gutsy neck score in the Ontario Fashion Stakes (G2) on September 26.
Painting, in taking her first added-money victory, tracked down Victory Kingdom (AUS) to win for the third time in her career and the first time in 2020 after three consecutive runner-up finishes in graded stakes races.
“She’s been overdue for a win,” said Carroll after the milestone score. “Luck has not broke her way but she went into this race as good as a horse could go in.”
Sent off as the favourite, she returned $4.30 to win, $2.70 to place, and $2.20 to show.
Painting’s dam, Handpainted, is a multiple stakes winner and sister of champion mare Serenading. Her dam, Daijin, a stakes winner by Deputy Minster, is from Passing Mood, dam of 1989 Canadian Triple Crown winner With Approval.
Graded stakes winner Amalfi Coast will look to get back in winning form in the Sweet Briar Too. The four-year-old daughter of Tapizar, who has a third from four starts in 2020, won last year’s Bessarabian Stakes (G2), Carotene and Ontario Damsel.
The Kevin Attard trainee is 4-2-2 from 12 career outings.
Multiple graded stakes winner Summer Sunday goes for her third straight win on Friday. Owned by Anne and William Scott, the five-year-old daughter of Silent Name (JPN) rolls into the Sweet Briar Too off a victory in the Belle Mahone Stakes on September 26.
The Stuart Simon-trained mare has a mark of 9-1-1 from 15 lifetime starts.
Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Escape, who won this year’s Trillium (G3) and Seaway (G3) before finishing third in the Belle Mahone, will look to get back into the winner’s circle.
Trained by Michael Trombetta, the well-traveled four-year-old daughter of Medgalia d’Oro won last year’s runnings of the Christiana Stakes (at Delaware) and the La Lorgnette Stakes (at Woodbine).
The Florida-bred dark bay is 6-1-3 from 17 starts.
The Sweet Briar Too is slated as race seven on Friday’s eight-race card. First post is scheduled for 4:35 p.m.
$100,000 SWEET BRIAR TOO STAKES
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Painting – Patrick Husbands – Josie Carroll
2 – Fair Maiden – Daisuke Fukumoto – Eoin Harty
3 – O’Keeffe – Jerome Lermyte – Larry Rivelli
4 – Summer Sunday – Rafael Hernandez – Stuart Simon
5 – Nantucket Red – Luis Contreras – Ashlee Brnjas
6 – Magic Spell – David Moran – Gail Cox
7 – Amalfi Coast – Justin Stein – Kevin Attard
8 – Souper Escape – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Michael Trombetta
9 – Victory Kingdom (AUS) – Steven Bahen – Rodolphe Brisset