Janice Attard’s Glenville Gardens was the surprise winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine, grinding away down the lane to keep his neck in front at the wire. The 4-year-old son of Street Cry covered seven furlongs over the firm turf in 1:21.45 under Gary Boulanger for trainer Sid Attard.
The 8-year-old Dimension spotted the field nearly four lengths at the start when he missed the break, leaving Conquest Enforcer to take up the leading position. That horse held a one-length advantage over Ami’s Flatter, and Glenville Gardens tucked in smartly behind those two. After a first quarter in :23.51 there was a three-length gap between Glenville Gardens and the two leaders, but he began to make up ground on them entering the far turn.
Angled three-wide, Glenville Gardens moved within a length of the lead of Conquest Enforcer at the head of the lane. It took the entire length of the stretch for him to pass that rival, and then Glenville Gardens had just enough left to hold off the late charge of Tower of Texas down the center of the track to win by about a neck. Tower of Texas finished second while Conquest Enforcer settled for third. Passion for Action was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Eugene Melnyk, Glenville Gardens was a multiple listed stakes winner prior to the Play the King becoming his first graded victory. His career record stands at seven wins from 13 starts, with earnings of over $ 370,000.
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