Eugene Melnyk never imagined he'd be rooting for a Maple Leaf win, but that's exactly what the owner of the NHL's Ottawa Senators is hoping for this Saturday at Woodbine.
One For Rose became racing's latest millionaire when she crushed four rivals in the $218,850 Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine for the second year in a row.
One for Rose, last year's Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top older filly, is back to defend her title in the $175,000 Maple Leaf (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine, a 1 ¼-mile main track event the Ontario-bred won by 6 ¼ lengths in 2003.
It took some time for Inish Glora, who is set to contest the $162,450 Dance Smartly (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine, to reach her peak form, but the champion daughter of Regal Classic has certainly done so over the past two years.
Tucci Stables' 4-year-old filly One For Rose continued her late season surge for a Sovereign Award with dominating wire-to-wire 6 1/4-length victory over seven rivals in the $196,250 Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Saturday.
Calmar Stables' Raylene won her seventh race in nine starts since October, capturing the $169,612 British Coumbia Breeders' Cup Oaks (Can-III) by a neck over 3-5 favorite Dancewithavixen Saturday at Hastings Park.
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