Sunday, October 29, 2017
TORONTO, October 29 – Clickity Clack pulled off a 10-1 upset in the 72nd running of the $225,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes defeating favourite Avie’s Mineshaft in a photo finish on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.
Tony Gattellaro trains and co-owns the promising two-year-old Canadian-foaled filly, who is now two-for-four to start her career.
Jockey Rafael Hernandez worked out a tracking trip aboard Clickity Clack behind race leader Hell N Wild, who was challenged outside by Gizmo’s Destiny and It’snicetobenice through fractions of :25.64, :50.37 and 1:14.76. Down the stretch, Avie’s Mineshaft rallied out wide from the back of the pack while Clickity Clack closed inside along the rail and those two took off in a battle to the wire. They raced by the mile mark in 1:39.73 and hit the line together. The finish was even too close to call for Hernandez.
"I had to wait. We went head to head and one jump he (Luis Contreras aboard Avie’s Mineshaft) was in front, the next jump I was in front,” said Hernandez. “I had to wait for the win photo."
Racing inside proved to be key for Clickity Clack, who ultimately prevailed by a head bob in 1:46.07 over 1-1/16 miles on the Woodbine main.
“I tried once to get out, but I had horses outside and I decided to just wait for the hole to open up and that's what happened,” said Hernandez of his winning trip. “The hole opened inside, went through, and she was still running.
"Before I got on the horse in the paddock, Tony told me, 'You know what, Raffy? She's different today. She's on the top and she's going to show you a lot today,’ and that's what she did.'"
"The ironic thing is the first race of her life, Raffy beat us in a head bob (aboard Safe to Say on August 7), so it was her turn to get the head down today,” said Gattellaro. “All power to him, he's a great rider having a great year and we couldn't have done it without him."
Bred in Ontario by Woodbine outrider Robert Love and his wife Michelle, the Silent Name-Boama filly was a $20,000 yearling purchase from last year’s Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Yearling Sale by Gattellaro and longtime friends T. Baker, P. Statchuk, J. Gallagher, D. Carlson & A. Carlson.
"She's a ton of fun,” Gattellaro said of the filly, who was one of his top picks from the sale. “This is what horse racing is all about.
"If I was to pick one word that defines her, it would be ‘smooth.’ She's just been classy from the start. Right from the first day we put the saddle on her here, I turned to one of my grooms and said, 'We have a special horse here' and here we are. I'm thrilled. It's the win of my life. My second stakes win and the biggest one,” said Gattellaro, who also campaigned filly Ellan Vannin to a late-season stakes victory in last year’s Ontario Lassie for his initial stakes win.
Clickity Clack paid $22.60, $5.70 and $3.50. She combined with Avie's Mineshaft ($2.40, $2.10) for a 2-1 exacta worth $55.30. A $1 trifecta of 2-1-6 (Safe to Say, $3.20) paid $90.15 and a $1 superfecta of 2-1-6-5 (Gizmo's Destiny) returned $324.40. Hell N Wild and It’snicetobenice completed the order of finish. Mo Big Cat was scratched.
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