Wednesday, August 29, 2018
TORONTO, August 29, 2018 – Pink Lloyd, Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year and one of the most successful Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sale graduates of all time, provided one of Wednesday night’s highlights in a Kenora Stakes thriller as Woodbine hosted six Yearling Sales Stakes, sponsored by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp. (OLG), with purse money totaling $750,000.
Trained by Robert Tiller for Entourage Stable, defending champion Pink Lloyd needed every inch of the stretch run to collar stablemate Circle of Friends for a narrow score in the Kenora.
The stakes victory was the first of two on the night for Woodbine’s leading jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva, who also rode Trini Brewnette, a daughter of Milwaukee Brew, to victory in the Algoma for trainer Kevin Attard and owner Derek A. Chin.
Chin and Attard also watched the Souper Speedy colt Blessed Two circle a field of 10 two-year-olds to win the Simcoe in rein to Gary Boulanger.
Offspring by Souper Speedy swept the two-year-old events as Joey Gee Thoroughbreds homebred filly Speedy Soul captured the Muskoka with apprentice jockey Kazushi Kimura aboard for trainer Andrew Smith.
New champions emerged as English Illusion kicked off the stakes action upsetting last year’s Halton winner Johnny Bear and Kingsport ended Melmich's three-year reign in the Elgin. The latter was another stakes winner on the night sired by Milwaukee Brew.
The Canadian Millions Sales Stakes annually showcase past Canadian-bred sale graduates on the eve of the CTHS yearling sale. The 2018 Canadian Premier Yearling Sale will be held on Thursday, August 30 at 12 noon in the Woodbine Sales Pavilion.
For full recaps of tonight’s stakes, visit Woodbine.com.