Justin Stein has his first Prince of Wales Stakes win.
The veteran jockey rode Duke of Like to victory within the $400,000 race, the second jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie Racetrack on Tuesday afternoon.
“It feels superb,” he mentioned afterwards. “It was simply superior.”
Stein had Duke of Love second virtually your entire race behind Ironstone and jockey Kazushi Kimura, one thing Stein figured was a bonus given the muddy circumstances of the monitor. Coming off the ultimate flip it turned a two-horse race between Duke of Love and Ironstone, with Stein transferring his mount forward for good in deep stretch.
Duke of Love gained the 1 3/16-mile dust race in 1:58.07 on a sunny afternoon. However Stein needed to anticipate his victory to develop into official as there was a steward’s inquiry on the finish, however no modifications had been made to the order of end.
“Duke broke rather well,” Stein mentioned. “His stride was comfortable instantly, I wasn’t frightened concerning the dust in any respect.
“We had a pleasant clear journey on the surface, he acquired to chill out. On a monitor like this there’s much more kickback when it’s heavy and moist and sloppy. It makes it so much simpler for the horse if they’ll get a clear journey and so they’re not having to consider working into that slop. We had a dream journey.”
Stein mentioned he wasn’t positive about why there was an inquiry.
“I used to be arrange and I used to be in place and I by no means heard any communication from the jockeys and riders behind me,” he mentioned. “, pulling on the market was a free horse coming across the flip and I hoped everybody was OK.”
Sir for Positive, the early 7-5 favorite, went out of the race after dropping jockey Declan Carroll. There was no indication both of Carroll’s situation or what led to him being unseated.
However afterwards, Carroll took to social media to say he and his horse are high-quality.
“Thanks to everybody for reaching out and checking in on me,” Carroll tweeted. “Thankfully, got here out unscathed.
“Most significantly Sir For Positive will probably be again. We’ll stay to battle one other day.”
Ironstone, the 6-5 favorite, was second within the seven-horse subject that didn’t embrace filly Moira, the winner of final month’s Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. Moira’s absence means Wando stays the final horse to seize the Triple Crown, doing so in 2003.
Ice Street. ridden by Jason Hoyte, took third.
Duke of Love earned coach Josie Carroll a 3rd Prince of Wales Stakes crown. The horse secured a 3rd victory from eight begins.
Duke of Love was eighth within the Queen’s Plate, however Stein mentioned he might sense the horse was in a a lot better place Tuesday.
“In the present day, he was extra on his sport,” Stein mentioned. “On (the) put up parade I might inform he was extra centered.
“He’s horse and so they overcome issues like a foul race now and again. I had a sense that right now was the day.”
Duke of Love returned $7.10, $3.30 and $2.80 whereas Ironstone paid $2.70 and $2.40. Ice Street returned $8.70.
The ultimate jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes turf occasion, goes Oct. 2 at Woodbine.