Thursday, May 31, 2012
A glorious Woodbine return for Inglorious in Nassau?
TORONTO, May 30 – Inglorious, Canada’s champion three-year-old filly in 2011, who won last year’s Woodbine Oaks and Queen’s Plate, will make her second start of the season in Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Nassau Stakes, at Woodbine.
The one-mile turf event will be the Donver Stable colour-bearer’s first start at the Toronto oval since a third-place finish in her final race of 2011, the Grade 3 Selene Stakes on September 25.
The two will meet again on Saturday, lining up beside each other in the gate, Inglorious with post six, Marketing Mix post seven.
Luis Contreras, who has been aboard the Ontario-bred in her past six starts, is expecting another strong effort from the lifetime winner of five races from 10 starts.
“She is the type of horse you dream of riding,” said Contreras, who first teamed with the daughter of Hennessy in winning the La Lorgnette Stakes, set at 1 1/16 miles on the Woodbine Poly, last May. “She always tries, always gives you everything she has. She’s special.”
Last year, Inglorious won three races, along with one second and a third, for $1,129,705 in purse earnings.
She became just the 34th filly to win the Plate since 1860, earning a 2 ½-length score in the 1 ¼-mile Canadian classic, and the fifth to win both the Oaks and the ‘Gallop for the Guineas,’ joining Flaming Page (1962), La Lorgnette (1985), Dance Smartly (1991) and Dancethruthedawn (2001).
This will be Inglorious’ second straight try on grass, but first over the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
“Her first race of this year was very strong,” offered Contreras, of the runner-up for 2011 Canadian Horse of the Year honours. “She’s a very determined filly and you know she will fight right to the end. I’m looking forward to this race.”
Last year, Contreras teamed with the recently retired Bay to Bay, to take the 56th running of the Nassau.
The Nassau goes as race eight on Saturday. Also on tap, the Ballade Stakes, race six on the programme.