The beaten favorite by a half-length in the Queen’s Plate, Ivan Dalos’ homebred Amis Gizmo proved himself with a dominating 5 1/2-length victory in Tuesday’s CAN$ 500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. The sophomore son of Giant Gizmo (Giant’s Causeway) covered 1 3/16 miles over Fort Erie Racetrack’s fast dirt track in 1:56.76 under Luis Contreras for trainer Josie Carroll.
The Canadian Triple Crown, open only to Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, is unique because each of its three legs are held over a different surface, though the distances mirror those of the American Triple Crown. The Queen’s Plate, Canada’s first leg, is held over 1 1/4 miles on Woodbine’s Tapeta. The Prince of Wales, today’s race, is held at 1 3/16 miles on Fort Erie’s dirt track. The final leg, scheduled for Aug. 21, is the Breeders’ Stakes, held at 1 1/2 miles over Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor turf course.
Amis Gizmo broke sharply along the inside for Contreras, and was content to settle in behind the front-running trio of All on Red, Narrow Escape, and Leo from Heaven. Contreras smartly guided Amis Gizmo over to the inside rail behind horses, while Queen’s Plate winner Sir Dudley Digges was hung nearly four-wide on the first turn after breaking from the far outside post position. All on Red led through pressured fractions of :22.71 and :46.48 while Amis Gizmo, fighting Contreras’ hold, had to be angled wide to avoid running over the top of the horses in front of him. Several lengths further back, Sir Dudley Digges had been taken back by Julien Leparoux, and regained a solid position in fifth along the inside rail.
Approaching the far turn, Contreras couldn’t hold Amis Gizmo anymore, and he allowed the colt to make his move three-wide around All on Red and Narrow Escape. Suddenly, Amis Gizmo held a two-length advantage on the field, covering the three-quarters fraction in 1:10.96. The colt continued to widen his leading margin, despite the fact that Contreras was hardly moving on top of him. But the time he reached the top of the stretch, Amis Gizmo held nearly a six-length lead. Contreras never really asked the colt, and tried to keep him wrapped up nearing the wire, which Amis Gizmo crossed 5 1/2 lengths in front. The Mark Casse-trained Leavem in Malibu finished second, closing well but never a real threat to the winner, with longshot Niigon’s Edge finishing third. All on Red faded to finish fourth, and Sir Dudley Digges finished sixth.
“I felt all the power in my hands and everybody else was so far behind,” said Contreras. “If he’s still like this, (the grass in the Breeders’ Stakes) will be no problem.”
Bred in Ontario by Tall Oaks Farm, Amis Gizmo is out of an unraced daughter of Victory Gallop. He RNA’d at the Canadian-Bred September Yearling Sale for $ 124,200 in 2014. Amis Gizmo won the first four races of his career, all stakes races, before finishing a distant fifth in his 2016 debut. The colt followed up that effort with a triumphant victory in the Plate Trial, and though he held the lead at the top of the stretch in the Queen’s Plate, Sir Dudley Digges was just able to run him down at the wire. Overall, Amis Gizmo boasts a record of six wins from eight career starts, with earnings of over US$ 700,000.
— Woodbine Racetrack (@WoodbineRacing) July 27, 2016
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