TORONTO, July 6, 2022 – Woodbine Entertainment today announced the Woodbine Stars of the Month for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in the month of June.
The Woodbine Stars of the Month recognizes top performers in three categories (Horse, Trainer, Jockey/Driver) for live racing at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park. The “Stars” are selected by the Woodbine Communications Team and consideration for selection is based off statistics, significant wins, notable career accomplishment and milestones.
Horse: Pebble Beach
A dominant victory in the 39th Pepsi North America Cup earns Pebble Beach the honours for the month of June. The Noel Daley trainee went a perfect three for three at Woodbine Mohawk Park in June, winning a division of the Somebeachsomewhere and the elimination/final of the Pepsi North America Cup.
Trainer: Shawn Steacy
Shawn Steacy’s barn was red-hot in June, posting 12 wins and 23 top-three finishes from 46 starts. Top performers included sophomore pacing filly In The Mood, who captured a $199,900 OSS Gold on June 4, and three-year-old trotting filly Warrawee Xenia, who went a perfect three for three.
Driver: Doug McNair
Doug McNair made 22 trips to the winner’s circle during the month of June. McNair led all Woodbine regular drivers in June by finishing in the top-three in 53% of his drives (68/129).
Horse: The Minkster
Daniel Vella trainee The Minkster captured the Queenston Stakes on June 12 in his season debut to stamp himself as a top contender for this year’s Queen’s Plate.
Trainer: Mike Doyle
Mike Doyle sent out four winners in the month of June and notably 12 of his 17 starters in the month finished in the top-three (71%). Doyle’s winners in June were Blue Max, Entry to Heaven, Silent Flash and Captivating Art.
Jockey: Rafael Hernandez
Sporting a 20% winning percentage, Rafael Hernandez made 19 trips to the winner’s circle in June. Hernandez finished top-three in 39 starts and racked up earnings of $814,350 from 94 mounts.