Ivan Dalos’ homebred Amis Gizmo remained undefeated with a professional performance in Sunday’s co-featured $125,000 Bull Page Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Josie Carroll, the chestnut son of Giant Gizmo-Galloping Ami arrived at the six furlong ‘Poly’ stake for Ontario-sired juveniles from a powerful closing effort in the 6 1/2-furlong Simcoe Stakes, reeling in Conquest Twister for a nose score.
Hampered in the Simcoe after being squeezed at the start, Amis Gizmo, with Luis Contreras again at the controls, broke sharply in the Bull Page and pressed the early speed of Vandal Stakes champ Ruth Less Blue through splits of :22.74 and :45.65. Contreras asked Amis Gizmo for his best run late in the turn and the chestnut responded by opening up a 1 1/2-length advantage en route to a smart 3 1/2-length score. Me More rallied to earn place by a 1/2-length over a game Ruth Less Blue. Amis Gizmo covered six furlongs in 1:10.06.
Contreras was pleased with the effort of the undefeated Amis Gizmo.
“He’s a very smart horse. He’s learned quick, he’s very fast and he’s got a big heart. He will have no problem stretching out,” said Contreras.
Amis Gizmo is out of Galloping Ami who has produced Martha Washington Stakes winner Aragorn Ami as well as the multiple graded stakes placed Ami’s Flatter. Contreras guided Ami’s Flatter to a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in March.
“It’s a really special family that Mr. Dalos has developed,” said Carroll. “To have three stakes calibre horses out of this mare, I think that’s pretty special.”
Although both wins for the chestnut colt have come in sprints, Carroll believes Amis Gizmo has a big future around two turns.
“We were a little concerned about cutting back in distance,” said Carroll. “Ultimately, I think further is going to be better but he was precocious enough that we felt comfortable here.”
Amis Gizmo, bred in Ontario by his owner, banked $75,000 in victory and remains perfect through two starts.
He paid $3.40, $2.50 and $2.10, combining with Me More ($23.90, $9.50) for a $72.10 (2-8) exactor. A 2-8-4 triactor (Ruth Less Blue, $2.90 to show) was worth $189.20, while a $1 Superfecta [2-8-4-7 (Gazcader)] came back $577.10.