TORONTO, August 4, 2022 – Ontario Bred Ladywearsthering, who sparkled in her debut, is stepping up to stakes company in Saturday’s Grade 3 $150,000 Ontario Colleen at Woodbine Racetrack.
A Sam-Son Farm homebred, trained by Gail Cox, Ladywearsthering’s connections will hope for a duplicate effort of her career bow performance on July 2.
Under Justin Stein, the daughter of Uncle Mo-Southern Ring led at every call, converting a three-length lead at the stretch call into a five-length romp, crossing the wire in 1:34.14 over firm going.
“We thought she was very nice, but it was really, really impressive,” said Cox. “She just looks like she’s galloping, and she’s sort of pulling away from everyone else. She goes fast easily. Justin was very impressed with her.”
“When I rode Ladywearsthering, I thought she just toyed with the rest of the field in the early stages of the race,” added Stein. “She felt very confident when I rode her. That’s what impressed me most.”
Now, the dark bay gets her first shot at stakes company, taking on nine rivals in the Ontario Colleen. The race for three-year-old fillies will be contested at the same one-mile distance and over the same E.P. Taylor Turf Course as her first start.
Cox is hopeful the talented rookie can rise to the challenge.
“She’s been so nice to have in the barn. Hopefully, she can move forward from that first race and step up against tougher company. She came out of her first race great, and she’s doing very well leading up to this race.”
The veteran conditioner, who has 17 career stakes wins, is looking forward to developing her talented young star.
“She eats well, she’s very nice in the stall, and she can be a little good-feeling coming home [from training]. She worked on July 30 (4 furlongs in :47.40, breezing, on the dirt training track) and it was really impressive. She’s been very nice to train. I just felt to ask her to run in the Woodbine Oaks on July 24 would have been too much, just three weeks after her first start. She hadn’t run on the Tapeta and she hadn’t gone two turns, so I didn’t think it was the fair thing to do to her.”
Other starters include four Casse trainees, Join the Dance, Love to Run, Mrs. Barbara, and Souper Hoity Toity, and Graham Motion stakes winner Vergara.
The Ontario Colleen is scheduled as the eighth race on Saturday’s 10-race card. First post is 1:00 p.m. Fans can watch and wager on all the races via HPIbet.com and the Dark Horse Bets app.
GRADE 3 $150,000 ONTARIO COLLEEN STAKES
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Love to Run – Declan Carroll – Mark Casse
2 – Ephrata (GB) – Luis Contreras – Josie Carroll
3 – Mrs. Barbara – Rafael Hernandez – Mark Casse
4 – Join the Dance – Sahin Civaci – Mark Casse
5 – Ready Lady – Antonio Gallardo – Roger Attfield
6 – Amazin Queen – Daisuke Fukumoto – Bill Tharrenos
7 – Vergara – David Moran – Graham Motion
8 – Souper Hoity Toity – Patrick Husbands – Mark Casse
9 – Ladywearsthering – Justin Stein – Gail Cox
10 – Guileful – Leo Salles – Nathan Squires
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