A pair of minor CA$150,000 black-type events, Clarendon Stakes and Shady Well Stakes, share the spotlight on the 11-race card on Dec. 3 at Woodbine.
Each set is for six feathers on Tapeta, Shady Well (2 year old dogs) and Clarendon (2 year old dogs), both for Ontario new breeders or Ontario born newbies , drew six and five starters, respectively.
Owned by Borders Racing Stable and trained by Katerina Vassilieva, Witch Hazel will chase her first stake score.
Daughter of West to Shady Well in fifth place, though 1.5 miles behind the winner, in Woodbine Cares Stakes on October 8.
Chased 9-1 in the five-round courtyard event, Witch Hazel was eliminated for a long time but still fought hard to the end.
“We were a bit unlucky in the Woodbine Cares race,” Vassilieva said. “I feel it’s going to be a bit short for her. We were caught at a long distance in the first leg, but with all of that against her, she’s only beaten in the long run and She’s definitely a test player.”
The coach is expecting a strong effort from her freshman, who took home a 1-1-1 record from five starts in Saturday’s co-match on the synthetic Tapeta surface by Woodbin.
“Unfortunately, we had to get through the Song of Glory (on November 5th). It would have been a better distance (seven chains) for her, but she got the virus. , so we had to skip that race. She’s been training really well since then and I hope this is our turn to shine.”
Witch Hazel launched on June 25 in a Tapeta test that lasted five times and came in second after collect flatter . One race later, on July 23, she ran a grass test and finished fourth on Cairo’s consort who will finish second in the Johnnie Walker Natalma Stakes (G1T) and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T).
After a third at six boards on Tapeta on August 13, the bay broke her maiden courtesy with a cheeky neck score of 6 1/2 feathers on the same surface on May 11 9.
Bred by Bernard and Karen McCormack, Witch Hazel had a steady work tab leading up to Shady Well, including a four-mile breeze in: 48.20 on Tapeta Nov.
Poulin in OT there will be a second hit into the net of a natural hat trick.
The son of reload coached, co-owned and co-created by Steve Owens, headed into Clarendon with two wins in a row, taking Bull Page Stakes and Frost King Stakes to lift his record 4-0-0 after five catches early career.
Poulin in the Innings won his career impressively, a 5 1/4 walk at a 4 1/2 pace on the Toronto oval Tapeta Court on June 24. A race after that, gelding was back in the winner’s circle after 3 1/4 -a sustained win in 5 1/2 furlong Victoria Stakes July 17. After seventh in Soaring Free, chestnuts can won three bets in a row with one win in Clarendon.
The Shady Well is Saturday’s ninth race at 5:40 p.m. ET, followed by Clarendon as a 10th race with a post time of 6:10 p.m. ET.
HoneysuckleSaturday, December 3, 2022, Race No. 9
- All weather tracker
- 2 year old girl
- 5:40pm (local)
HoneysuckleSaturday, December 3, 2022, Race No. 10
- All weather tracker
- 2 years old
- 18:10 (local)
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