If you’re going to win Canada’s version of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, you’ve got to run in all three races.
A lot of horses can’t run all three races. A lot of horse owners won’t make their horse run all three races.
So, you have to hand it to Ami’s Holiday and horse owner Ivan Dalos. As the only horse entered in the final leg to have slugged through the Queen’s Plate, the Prince of Wales Stakes, and today’s Breeders’ Stakes at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack, Ami’s Holiday would run through the pack of one-offs and show that it is possible to run on polytrack, dirt and turf and win the last race of the grueling six-week, three-race test.
The Josie Carroll-trained three-year-old colt, with Luis Contreras aboard, cruised the first three quarters of the one and one-half miles on turf surrounded by the 11 other entries, but burst through the middle down the stretch, even seemingly to turn his head and look at second place long shot Interpol, shooting past to finish in 2:30.12.
The 28-year-old Mexico City-born Contreras, below returning from the track following today’s $500,000 win, is the only jockey to win the three Triple Crown races in the same year aboard different horses, winning the Queen’s Plate with Inglorious and the Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes aboard Pender Harbour in 2011.
Race fans last saw a Triple Crown winner north of the US border back in 2003 when the chestnut stallion Wando won all three races. Wando would succumb to a suspected heart attack in January this year while at his home farm in Schonberg, Ontario.
Woodbine jockey Patrick Husband’s, below aboard Fleet Talk’n Miss, would take wins in three races on the day’s 10-race card.
Fleet Talk’n Miss, a three-year-old Chestnut filly, enjoys her post race shower in the winner’s circle, below.
And jockey Justin Stein, below, shows how he ended up ‘Number One’ in the third and fourth races of the day, here aboard Samuel Dechamplain.