Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson explodes out of the gate at Woodbine this season

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It’s fitting that Woodbine jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson rode She’s Got Moves to victory at the Etobicoke track on Sunday as the Brampton native has made nothing but great moves so far this season.

Wilson’s win on She’s Got Moves was her 17th victory of the season, leading all jockeys. The closest rider to the Wilson, who had a pair of wins on Sunday, is Kazushi Kimura, who has 11.

Wilson, 39, has been one of the leading jockeys at Woodbine for years and is gunning for her first rider’s title this season. The Brampton native was the first woman to win Canada’s most important race, The Queen’s Plate, in 2007 aboard Mike Fox.

Wilson perfectly timed She’s Got Moves’ stretch run for the 2 1/4-length victory over Musical Ride. The five-year-old mare is trained by John LeBlanc Jr. (his second win in five starts this year) and owned by Ron Gierkink, who is the Woodbine handicapper for the Daily Racing Form. The purse was $64,300.

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The great rivalry from 2020 resumes at Woodbine on Canada Day.
The reigning Canadian Horse of the Year – the one-eyed wonder horse Mighty Heart – will return to the scene of his thrilling Queen’s Plate triumph as he headlines the field for the $150,000 Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes on July 1 – facing his great rival Belichick.
Mighty Heart, the Josie Carroll-trained son of Dramedy, enters the 1 1/16 mile feature event on the Tapeta course fresh off a victory in the Blame Stakes on May 29 at Churchill Downs. After taking the first two-thirds of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown last year, Mighty Heart finished seventh in the Breeders’ Stakes – the final leg of the Triple Crown. That race was won by Mighty Heart’s stablemate Belichick. Owned and bred by Larry Cordes, Mighty Heart has four wins from 10 career starts, with his latest earning him millionaire status.
Jockey Daisuke Fukumoto will be back in the irons for the Dominion Day with Mighty Heart. Luis Contreras will be back aboard Belichick, who has finished no lower than third in all six of his career starts while banking more than $500,000 in purse earnings. A runner-up in the Queen’s Plate, Belichick finished second in his 2021 debut, missing by just a nose when running back on the turf, in a 1-1/16-mile allowance race on May 13 at Churchill Downs. The Dominion Day Stakes also features the Mark Casse-conditioned graded stakes winners Lookin to Strike, March to the Arch and Skywire.

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The Grade 3 $150,000 Trillium Stakes on Saturday resulted in a thrilling photo finish with defending champion Souper Escape repeating as the winner in the 1 1/16 mile event for fillies and mares four years and older. The Florida-bred Super Escape, ridden by Luis Contreras, defeated Crystal Glacier, with Kimura aboard, by a nose. The five-year-old dark bay is trained by Michael Trombetta and owned and bred by Live Oak Plantation.

A limited number of spectators, including owners, will be allowed back at Woodbine for live thoroughbred racing as of July 1. This marks the first time in 2021 that spectators are permitted to attend racing at the Rexdale oval. Capacity will be limited to 25% of grandstand seating and the trackside apron. Spectators must make a reservation.

Long shots dominated the Winner’s Circle on Sunday at Woodbine. The feature race was a seven furlongs turf contest for a purse of $112,500 for three-year-olds and up and was won impressively by Brazilian chestnut Filo Di Arianna in his first race in North America, thanks to a great charge down the stretch. The Gary Barber/Wachtel Stable-owned five-year-old is trained by Casse. He did not race last season but is a perfect 4-for-4. Filo Di Arianna was ridden by Wilson.

Jockey Skye Chernetz, off to a good start this year with four wins, was unseated from Ari Gold Speedwagn in the ninth race and was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation of an injured shoulder … Josh Scott, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, won his first career thoroughbred race on Saturday aboard 39-1 long shot Ante Up Alex, paying $81.90 to win. Ante Up Alex is a three-year-old gelding trained by Angus Buntain and owned by Openwood Farm. Scott has raced Quarter Horses at Ajax Downs …. Jockey Keveh Nicholls won four races in a row at Woodbine this past week, the last two races in Thursday’s card and the first two on Friday. The young rider also won on 29-1 long shot Am Prepared in Sunday’s second race for trainer/owner Edwin Knight, a mile event on the inner turf. Nicholls now has eight wins on the season and sits fourth in the jockey standings … Trainer Sylvain Pion celebrated his birthday on Sunday in style as his five-year-old mare Gloriannia won Race 6… Veteran jock David Moran won back-to-back races Sunday, the second on 18-1 long shot Scatter the Clouds, beating Ozaya by a nose at the finish line despite getting out of the gate awkwardly in the five furlongs sprint. Scatter the Clouds is trained by Mike Keogh … Woodbine Entertainment and sports streaming platform DAZN Canada has a new four-part live thoroughbred racing series called ‘DAZN Day at the Races’. Hosted by Jason Portuondo, DAZN Day at the Races will feature racing from Woodbine, Belmont, Delaware Park and Churchill Downs. DAZN Day At the Races will be streamed live on DAZN from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays from June 26 to July 17.
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