So Long George Says Goodbye to Field
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Tue 23/07/2013 - 10:00 EDT
It took Up the Hill Farm’s So Long George until the middle of his three-year-old campaign to start showing he could be a consistent contender in the middle claiming ranks. Now in his four-year-old season he’s starting to show that he could be a good middle stakes horse, as well. Coming off a just-missed fourth place showing in the Grade II TVG King Edward Stakes at Woodbine in late June, the Kentucky-bred son of Arch made it to the graded-stakes winners’ circle by wining the $200,000 Grade II Nijinsky on Sunday.
Longshots add to big superfecta payout
With Emma Jayne-Wilson up, So Long George tracked the dueling pacesetter Arctic Fern, and race favorite Grand Arch, in fourth, just a length off the lead through a quick 47.67 half-mile. Driven up the rail, he poked his head in front coming to the top of the stretch, and held on for a ¾ length win over 23-1 longshot Hampstead Heath in the 1 1/8 miles turf event. The winning 4-6 exacta paid $423.40, and with 40-1 Classic Bryce getting up for fourth, the $1 Superfecta returned $10,465.65. So Long George is now two-for-three in 2013.
Boulanger back in the stakes winners’ circle
Another horse claiming her a first career lifetime stakes win on Sunday was Leigh Court, who took the $125,000 Duchess Stakes, for three-year-old fillies over seven furlongs on the Polytrack. Racing in the lead throughout, Leigh Court pulled away convincingly to win by 5 ½ lengths over Captivating Dancer, with race favorite Sky Treasure third. The race was significant for popular veteran jockey Gary Boulanger, as it was his first stakes win at Woodbine in eight years, following a lengthy time away from riding as he recovered from serious injury suffered in a spill in 2005.
Mighty Heart will attempt to become the first Canadian Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine on October 24. The 1 1/2-mile race drew a field of 12.
Six group 1 races top a brilliant card at Longchamp in Paris, France on Sunday, October 4, headed of course by the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The great mare Enable is seeking to win her third Arc, a feat which has never been accomplished, after she ran second last year.
Free expert picks for the 2020 Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack on September 19. Preakness winner War of Will takes on unbeaten Shirl’s Speight in the one-mile turf race worth $1 million.
The 161st Queen’s Plate will be run September 12, 2020, after originally being scheduled for June. Clayton and Curlin’s Voyage are the favorites in a 14-horse field set to go 1 1/4 miles for $1 million.