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BIG YEAR FOR ONTARIO BREEDERS FITZHENRY AND ANDERSON
It has been a spine-tingling year for Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry of Toronto, first with their 3-year-old GUY CABALLERO winning the Plate Trial this summer and then Sunday, their filly DIXIE MOON won the prestigious Cup & Saucer Stakes over the boys on the Woodbine grass.
The 2-year-old speedster by Curlin – Dixie Chicken is actually a half sister to ‘Guy’ and she is now in the running for Champion 2-year-old Filly in Canada with another gal who had a big day on Saturday ( see below).
Ridden by Eurico da Silva, who won both stakes races on Sunday (Sister Nation won the Ruling Angel), Dixie Moon’s time of 1:44 1/5 was god for a 75 Beyer Figure. She had been 2nd in the Grade 1 Natalma in her previous race.
WONDER-FUL YEAR FOR DAVID ANDERSON
WONDER GADOT strolled to an easy win in the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday, earning an 81 Beyer Figure in her 3rd career race. The Anderson Farms-bred dark bay is by Medaglia d’Oro from Loving Vindication by Vindication and she was a $325,000 April purchase in Ocala by Gary barber. Mark Casse trains. Patrick Husbands rode the filly to victory in the Mazarine, which had just a field of four.
David Anderson, fresh off selling a $1 million plus yearling at Keeneland, has had a stunning year as owner and breeder with successes like INflexibility, who won the Wonder Where Stakes earlier this year.
Anderson had a big day on Saturday as his own Leviathan won race 11 and Canadian Eh won a maiden race, race 10 for Paul Buttigieg.
NORM MCKNIGHT WINS 3 – continues to chase CASSE STABLE
The miraculous run by Norm McKnight and his team continued with flair on Sunday as it won 3 of the 11 races, cutting the lead behind Mark Casse by 4. McKnight won with UNSEEN ANGELS, SPECIAL CONCOCTION and the amazing speedster SINGANDCRYINDUBAI (90 Beyer Figure) as he continues on the best year of his training career.
McKnight has 65 wins this year to Casse’s 69 wins.