Write Me A Rose takes Graduate Opener; Gias Surreal reaches $1 million

Write Me A Rose takes Graduate Opener; Gias Surreal reaches $1 million

MILTON, April 13, 2024 – Write Me A Rose lived up to the heavy-favourite billing to win Saturday’s first leg of the Canadian Graduate Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Headlining a field of six for the $25,000 opening leg, Write Me A Rose brushed to the lead in the second-quarter from third and never looked back, kicking home in :26.1 to win in 1:52 for driver Doug McNair and trainer Kyle Fellows.

Write Me A Rose finished a length and a quarter better than No Control, while Speaker Of Peace was third and Nightime Dancer fourth.

A homebred for Windermere Stable LLC, Write Me A Rose is now two for three this season and has career numbers of eight wins and over $400,000 in earnings.

Write Me A Rose paid $2.30 to win.

The Graduate Series continues next weekend with leg two for the Pace, Mare Pace and Trot divisions. Each event features three preliminary legs ahead of the finals on May 4.

Saturday night’s card also saw eight-year-old pacing mare Gias Surreal pick up her 36th career victory to push over $1 million in lifetime earnings.

Trained by Don Lindsey, Gias Surreal entered Saturday’s card just less than $7,000 away from $1 million. The eight-year-old showed her back class, coming first up and then digging in down the lane to prevail in a tight photo for driver Bob McClure. The victory in the $24,000 event was the first of the season for the successful mare.

Gias Surreal, who has raced in the sport’s biggest races for pacing mares, is owned by James Graham, Edward Peron and Lee Winters.

Live racing continues Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.


Mark McKelvie
Mark McKelvie Sr. Manager Communications, Woodbine Entertainment



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Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, with Thoroughbred horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, and Standardbred horse racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton. Woodbine Entertaiment also owns and operates HPIbet, Canada’s only betting platform dedicated to horse racing. Woodbine and Mohawk Park are host to several world-class racing events including The King’s Plate, three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races, and the Pepsi North America Cup. Run without share capital, Woodbine Entertainment has a mandate to financially invest all profit back into the horse racing industry and the 25,000 jobs it supports across Ontario.   

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