Much Rejoicing Heads Big Field in Royal North

New York invader is 3-1 early choice for trainer Jimmy Toner on the Woodbine turf.

Much Rejoicing seeks her first graded stakes win as the lukewarm favorite in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine turf Aug. 1.

Twelve female grass sprinters are entered for the six-furlong Royal North, which is the ninth race on the Woodbine card with a 5:08 p.m. EDT post.

Trained by Jimmy Toner for AJ Suited Racing Stable, the 4-year-old Much Rejoicing is coming off a runner-up effort in the six-furlong Caress Stakes on a good Belmont Park turf course July 10. The Phillips Racing Partnership-bred daughter of Distorted Humor  has won four of 10 career races, including an overnight stakes on Belmont's inner turf course in May. She is listed at 3-1 on the morning line.

Fares Farm's Supreme, a 4-year-old Empire Maker filly, has done little wrong in her six career starts, winning four times with a pair of seconds. Trained by Leigh Delacour, Supreme won the Buckland Stakes on the Colonial Downs turf in her most recent start June 25. She is 4-1 on the morning line.

Other contenders in the big field are Sea Road, Wildcat Marie, Wild About Marie, and Jenny's So Great.

$150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT, Race 9, 5:08 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, Odds
1. Shukriya (KY), E R Da Silva, 118, M Mattine, 20/1
2. Sea Road (KY), P Husbands, 118, M J Doyle, 9/2
3. Wild About Marie (FL), S Callaghan, 118, J D Thornbury, 8/1
4. Wildcat Marie (FL), G Olguin, 120, M Drexler, 6/1
5. Sans Sousi (ON), E Wilson, 120, M J Doyle, 20/1
6. Jenny's So Great (ON), J M Campbell, 120, G de Gannes, 10/1
7. True Religion (KY), J McAleney, 118, J Mattine, 20/1
8. Supreme (KY), L Contreras, 118, L Delacour, 4/1
9. Waccamaw (KY), S O Madrid, 118, R M Gorham, 20/1
10. D'wild Beach (FL), T Pizarro, 118, S C Attard, 20/1
11. Much Rejoicing (KY), A Garcia, 118, J J Toner, 3/1
12. Speightstown Lady (KY), E Ramsammy, 114, R Griffith, 15/1