Channel Maker of History

 

The start of the final leg of Canada’s Triple Crown on Sunday would not be as highly contested as the finish.

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Three separate inquiries following the finish of this year’s Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack could not keep jockey Rafael Hernandez out of the winner’s circle after riding the three-year-old chestnut Channel Maker to a photo-finish win in the 126th running of the $400,000 classic.

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It was a tense 15 minutes, though, as two claims of foul against Hernandez required that he wait at the stewards office off-track while deliberation continued. Here, Hernandez, who now has two Breeders’ Stakes wins in a row, watches replays of the race with former jockey and current Jockey’s Benefit Association of Canada head Robert King Jr., below, as the great former jockey Sandy Hawley, right, stands outside.

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Patrick Husbands, far right below, took Final Copy to within inches of claiming the win, but had to settle for second in the 1 and 1/2 mile E.P. Taylor turf course race.

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