Fresh off a victory in the Eternal Search Stakes earlier this month, Joey Gee Thoroughbreds’ three-year-old filly Line of Vision will now set her sights on Saturday’s $100,000 Passing Mood Stakes over seven furlongs on Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Trained by Andrew Smith, the Court Vision-Gold Lined filly headlines the field of seven Ontario-sired sophomore fillies with $258,000 earned in purses and wins in four of her six career starts, including last year’s six-furlong Victorian Queen Stakes and the South Ocean Stakes over 1-1/16 miles.
After a season-debuting, seven-furlong Lady Angela run set her up for victory in the Eternal Search over 1-1/16 miles on August 5, Line of Vision will look to master the turf in the next Ontario Sire Stakes event on the schedule.
“She came out of [the Eternal Search Stakes] really well and has worked since then, probably worked her best work ever,” said Smith. “The Passing Mood is seven-eighths on the turf and that’s probably a question mark.
“We have worked on it. We worked on a hard, fast turf before she ran, and she worked very well on it. She’s a Court Vision so she should handle it. I’m a little concerned about the softer turf if it is in fact soft.”
Assigned 10 pounds more than her rivals, Line of Vision’s added weight is an added concern for her conditioner, but the small filly boasts a big heart.
“Her best feature would be her determination. She wants to win, she wants to run by horses,” said Smith. “She will try hard, there’s no doubt.”
The Passing Mood field also includes She’s Got Fire and Zestina, both stakes-placed fillies this year; Gosudarina and Without a Doubt, who each finished second in added-money events to Line of Vision during their two-year-old campaigns; as well as the stakes-debuting Airy Fairy and Silent Respect.
First race post time for Saturday’s 11-race card is 1 p.m. Below is the complete field listed in post position order for the $100,000 Passing Mood Stakes, which is scheduled as the afternoon’s ninth race.
$100,000 Passing Mood Stakes
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer – Weight
1. Zestina – Gary Boulanger – Sid Attard – 115
2. Silent Respect – Eurico Rosa Da Silva – Robert Neumann – 115
3. Without a Doubt – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Robert Neumann – 115
4. Airy Fairy – Alan Garcia – Robert Barnett – 115
5. Line of Vision – Luis Contreras – Andrew Smith – 125
6. She’s Got Fire – Rafael Hernandez – Josie Carroll – 115
7. Gosudarina – Patrick Husbands – Robert Tiller – 115