TORONTO, October 15, 2023— Filly Tripolina took on the boys to capture the $125,000 Display Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Woodbine.
Tripolina, trained by Kevin Attard and ridden to victory by Woodbine leading jockey, Kazushi Kimura is owned by X-Men Racing, Madaket Stables LLC and SF Racing LLC. The 2-year-old is now undefeated from two starts, the first being a Maiden Special Weight on August 13.
Out of the gate Western Word took the lead while favourite Tripolina settled in the middle of the field.
Through an opening quarter of :23.15, Western World was surpassed by Gotts Got It and Magic Slips, who took the one and two positions. Tripolina was second to last.
At the half in :45.53, Magic Slips lead, followed closely by Gotts Got It in second, Western Whirl in third and Two Ghosts in fourth. Tripolina, starting to make her move, was in 5th.
Around the turn, Tripolina surged up to the leaders from the outside. Down the stretch, Tripolina pushed past the others taking the win by three lengths. Break the spell was second, Western Whirl was third and Break the Spell was fourth after a show photo.
The final time was 1:21.81
Tripolina was entered into both of today’s stakes but ultimately the decision was made to stay in the Display Stakes.
“We kind of looked at the race set up and obviously we’re trying to see if we can win both divisions.” said trainer Kevin Attard. “We thought this filly here suited this race best. It just worked out like we planned.”
“She’s very smart, she is big kind of scopey filly. I don’t like to rush them off their feet too early, if she broke well and kind of wanted to be in the early fight, we would have let her do that. But on paper it looked like there would be plenty of speed so we hoped it would transpire like it did and it worked out in our favour today,” Attard commented.
Tripolina paid $4.70 to win.
TORONTO, October 15, 2023— In a last to first triumph, A Little Frisky gave Jockey Ryan Munger his first Woodbine Stakes win in the Glorious Song Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine.
A Little Frisky is trained by Josie Carroll and owned by Mark Dodson. This is the filly’s first win in two career starts, after finishing runner-up in her first start in a Maiden Special Weight on September 1st.
Mystic Lake broke ahead of the pack and maintained the lead past the quarter (in :22.75) with Bolt Enoree in second and Witwatersand in third. A Little Frisky, out of post 7, was last.
The field reached the half in :44.69, A Little Frisky remained at the back of the pack. Mystic Lake was first, favourite Witwatersand was second, Rosa was third, and Bolt Enoree was fourth.
Just before the turn, A Little Frisky quickly began making up ground along the rail. Down the stretch, Jockey Ryan Munger found a gap between Witwatersand and Rosa, passing the duo to challenge the leader. Just before the wire A Little Frisky took the lead from Mystic Lake, who finished second. Witwatersand was third and Uphill Dance was fourth.
The final time was 1:21.87
“Got the monkey of my back, it feels great. It all worked out and the plan came together.” said jockey Ryan Munger, who captured his first Stakes. “Josie Carroll gave me a lot of instructions and big thanks to her, she had the filly in spot on condition.”
“It was actually a funny race, I didn’t get the best of jumps, which was a bit unfortunate. There were 4 horses abreast, and I decided it is a very competitive field and the only way I can knockout punch was to save ground and take a chance. So that’s what I did, then I just waited for the gaps to open,” said Munger.
Trainer Josie Carroll sees a bright future for the young filly. “We loved this filly from the start, but she is still very immature, there’s nothing but upside to her. She’s got a lot of growing up and learning to do. But she was brave and bold today, we are very proud of her”, Carroll commented.
A Little Frisky paid a generous $15.00 to win.