Melmich captures the Valedictory Stakes.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman’s Melmich changed up his strategy, charging from last to win the Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old gelded son of Wilko covered 10 furlongs in 2:04.06 over Woddbine’s Tapeta, ridden by Eurico Rosa Da Silva for trainer Kevin Attard.
Breaking steadily, Melmich rated very kindly under Da Silva in the early going, settling back to last while never more than four lengths off the pace. War Dancer and Red Rifle strode out for that early lead together, with War Dancer holding a neck advantage through fractions of :25.30 and :49.52. Approaching the half-mile pole, Red Rifle stretched out his neck to thrust it in front of War Dancer, but the latter colt was having none of it and regained the lead from the two-path, marking three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.64.
Mid-way through the turn, Da Silva angled out to be four-wide on Melmich, who produced a massive turn of foot to take the lead at the top of the lane. Powering away under mostly a hand ride, Melmich was never threatened throughout the length of the stretch, holding on to a 1 1/2-length victory. Breaking Lucky was second-best, prevailing over Scuba by nearly two lengths, while War Dancer faded to fourth.
Bred in Ontario by Andrew Stronach, Melmich was a $ 4,000 yearling purchase at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale. The gelding has now won 10 races over the course of his career, and the Dominion Day is his second graded stakes win. Melmich boasts career earnings of nearly $ 450,000 from 22 lifetime starts.
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