Artie’s Princess, a 3-year-old daughter of We Miss Artie, received her second straight stakes at Woodbine, and notched her first graded crown, in taking the $197,750 Bessarabian (Grade 2) on the Toronto, Ontario, oval on Saturday.
The trio of Jakarta, Souper Escape and Artie’s Princess zipped out of the gate within the seven-furlong Bessarabian, matching strides by way of an opening-quarter mile in a swift :22.31. It was Jakarta who ultimately assumed command together with her different two rivals monitoring her each transfer. Artie’s Princess, who got here into the race off a pointy rating within the Ruling Angel Stakes on September 12, sat in third for Kazushi Kimura.
Jakarta continued to name the pictures on the entrance finish, taking her rivals by way of a half-mile clip in :44.41, as Princess Artie saved the pacesetter nicely inside her sights.
As the sphere turned for residence, Artie’s Princess surged to the lead, holding a two-length benefit at Robert Geller’s stretch name. Wanting like a lock mid-way down the lane, the Wesley Ward trainee needed to fend off a late-race assembly with hard-charging Boardroom, who fell a head in need of collaring the winner. Our Secret Agent rallied to internet third, whereas Amalfi Coast, final yr’s Bessarabian champ, completed fourth.
“Mainly, if I might go to the entrance I needed to go to the entrance, however I knew that simply the 2 horses needed to go to the entrance, and it seemed just a little bit quick that is why I used to be simply affected person, watched from behind,” stated Kimura, who earlier within the card teamed with Discipline Go to take the Grade 3 Ontario Derby Stakes. “She was simply so snug right this moment.”
The ultimate time was 1:20.90.
“I felt [jockey Luis Contreras and Boardroom coming] however she wasn’t that drained and saved going,” provided Kimura. “I felt I might win.”
The ultra-consistent filly, bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, now has three wins from 4 outings in 2020. Final yr, the Ontario-bred went 2-1-0 from three begins, taking her first two races earlier than a runner-up effort within the Frost King Stakes in November.
Her sire, We Miss Artie, additionally owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, received the 2014 Plate Trial at Woodbine earlier than ending third within the Queen’s Plate.
Despatched off because the 5-2 alternative, Artie’s Princess paid $7, $3.80 and $3.30. She mixed with Boardroom ($5, $3.90) for a 4-2 $34.40 exactor. Our Secret Agent ($4.30) accomplished a 4-2-7 triactor value $156.90. Amalfi Coast rounded a 4-2-7-5 $1 Superfecta that returned $277.35. Outburst was scratched.
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