Monday, April 16, 2012

Town Prize impressive in Woodstock

TORONTO, April 15 - William Sorokolit's Town Prize made every call a winning a one in Sunday's $155,800 Woodstock Stakes, at Woodbine.

The three-year-old son of Speightstown-Prized Stamp, trained by Darwin Banach, completed the six-furlong main track sprint in a time of 1:08.22, nearly breaking Essence Hit Man's track record 1:08.16.

Town Prize was urged to the lead by Eurico Rosa da Silva and cut out a quarter mile in :22.14 and a half in :44.51 as Oro Vero chased from second position. The chestnut colt opened up a two and a half length lead through the turn as the favoured Hogy launched his run from sixth. But there would be no catching the runaway winner who opened up a four and a half length lead at the top of the stretch and went on to score by five and a quarter-lengths.

Hogy, rallying wide down the middle of the track, was up in time for second over Menlo Castle.

Da Silva was impressed with his charge's speed and stamina.

“He’s a very talented horse,” said da Silva. “He did everything easy. He didn’t break that sharp, but he put himself on the lead, and from there, he just enjoyed himself running. He just kept running, and he galloped out strong.”

Town Prize paid $9, $3.90, $3.10, combining with Hogy ($3.40, $2.50) for a $29.50 exactor. Menlo Castle ($3.10) rounded out a $91.30 triactor.

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