Melnyk Racing Stables' Gouldings Green showed his versatility while repeating his victory of last year in Sunday's CAN$150,000 Chinese Cultural Centre Seagram Cup (Can-III) (VIDEO) at Woodbine.
After winning the Cup last year over the temporary inner-dirt track, the Tony Reinstedler trainee successfully defended his title in its inaugural edition over the Polytrack.
Jockey Patrick Husbands guided the son of Charismatic outside nearing the top of the stretch and he closed with a fury to overtake Eclipse Stakes winner Palladio for a two-length triumph. Three-time Canadian champion Judiths Wild Rush finished third, 9 1/2 lengths behind Gouldings Green.
With the victory, his first of 2007, the white-faced chestnut increased his earnings to $621,066. He completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:43.73.
Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) winner True Metropolitan, the 4-5 favorite, lacked his normal late punch after he and longshot Fuhrever Dancing dueled over ambitious fractions of :23.12, :46.63 and 1:11.49. True Metropolitan and Fuhrever Dancing trailed in the small field.
Husbands, meanwhile, settled 6-year-old Gouldings Green 6 1/2 lengths behind the fast pace.
"He broke pretty sharp," said Husbands, who won Saturday's Wonder Where with Melnyk charge Sealy Hill. "I just gave him his head. He made a move about the five-eighth's pole. I didn't really want him to move yet. I just sat patient and bided time until the quarter-pole. When I asked him down the lane, he gave me 110 (percent)."
Gouldings Green, now a nine-time winner in 19 starts, and runner-up Palladio, ridden by Richard Dos Ramos, raced as a team at the rear of the five-horse group.
Husbands watched Dos Ramos make a bold move on the second turn.
"I was watching Richard and I was hoping he would move a little early," Husbands said. "I got there at the right time to wheel to the outside. He got the first run, but I got the best down the lane."
The Seagram Cup is the second victory over a synthetic surface for Gouldings Green, who won last September's Turfway Park Fall Championship (gr. III).
Gouldings Green returned $12.40 and $4, combining with Palladio ($3.10) for a $33.30 exacta. Show wagering was not offered.
Soul Rebel was scratched.
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