Enstone captures the Fury Stakes at Woodbine, stamping herself a favorite for the Woodbine Oaks in June
East West Stables’ Enstone was rock solid in taking Sunday’s $ 125,400 Fury Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Mark Casse and patiently piloted by Patrick Husbands, Enstone, notching her first stakes score, was making her three-year-old debut in the seven-furlong Tapeta sprint, after finishing second in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes in November to close out her rookie campaign.
Sent to post at odds of 8-5, Enstone raced from second spot on the outside of pacesetter Goldrush Glory, who took the field through opening splits of of :23.87 and :47.27. As the field turned for home, Husbands gave Enstone the cue and the pair surged to the lead, drawing away impressively for a comfortable 2 ¾-length triumph. Financial Recovery took second by a neck over another closer, Mythical Mission. Enstone covered seven panels in 1:23.31.
Husbands, who delivered Hall of Fame conditioner Mark Casse his third consecutive win on the card, gave full marks to his filly.
“I had a nice trip,” said Husbands. “She’s a horse that likes to close the engine, so I really didn’t want to take away anything from her. But she was happy down the backside.”
Enstone was emphatic down the lane.
“This filly, she has a very high cruising speed,” offered the veteran jockey. “In all my years of experience, you don’t want to disappoint a filly like that. She’s a router and she’s aggressive.”
The versatile daughter of Tiznow stamped herself as a solid contender for the 1 1/8-mile $ 500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, set for June 11 at Woodbine.
“It looks like she only wants to go longer,” said assistant trainer Kathryn Sullivan. “She ran a great race today and Patrick rode a great race. Hopefully, she comes out of the race well and we’ll just keep going.”
Councillor Michael Ford made the trophy presentation.
Enstone, bred in Ontario by Bill Graham, banked $ 75,000 in victory while improving her record to 2-3-0 from seven starts. She made her debut last May at Woodbine, finishing fourth. Her first win was a 7 ¼-length romp over 1 1/16 miles on the Woodbine main track in late October.
She paid $ 5.50, $ 3.50 and $ 2.40, combining with Financial Recovery ($ 12, $ 7.20) for an $ 86.20 (6-1) exactor. A 6-1-2 triactor (Mythical Mission, $ 3.10 to show) was worth $ 318.10. A $ 1 Superfecta (Ghostly Presence) returned $ 799.20.
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