SUMMER STAKES | PURSE: $200,000 | 2-YEAR-OLDS | GRADE 2 | 1 MILE (TURF)
The ladies shined at Woodbine on Saturday, two fair maidens in particular.
My Conquestadory, an unraced juvenile filly facing eight colts and geldings in the Grade 2, $205,544 Summer, made a spectacular first impression in the one-mile grass test which earned her a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita in November.
Under Eurico da Silva, the daughter of Artie Schiller enjoyed a stalk-and-pounce journey and ultimately slammed her rivals by 3 ¼ lengths while finishing up in 1:34 ⅘ over firm ground. The 5-1 third choice, she returned $12.90 to win.
"I didn't think about losing the race. It never came to my mind that she could be beat," da Silva said. "I had great confidence in her and the whole team said how nice she is. She's a great filly."
Rating in fourth as Tropic of Artie set fractions of :23 ⅕, :46 ⅕ and 1:10 ⅘, My Conquestadory responded well at the top of the stretch and drew off under hand urging to score the convincing victory over 27-1 longshot Go Bro, with Matador another head behind in third.
Completing the order of finish were Dig Alittle Deeper, Tropic of Artie, Grom, 3-1 favorite School On a Hill, Asserting Bear, and Phenomenalmoon. Spanish Flower was scratched.
Owned by Conquest Stables and trained by Mark Casse, My Conquestadory earned a winner's share of $115,908. She is the first filly to win the Summer since 2006, when Dreaming of Anna won en route to taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and divisional honors in the U.S.
A $240,000 OBS March two-year-old in training purchase, My Conquestadory was bred in Kentucky by Paul Tackett and is the first foal out of the multiple stakes-placed Golden Artemis, a daughter of Native Trinket. Also hailing from this family is the multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter Kelly Kip.