Owned and bred by Robert Evans and conditioned by Tim Ritchey, Akronism made her Woodbine debut last month in the six-furlong Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) and won by 3 3/4 lengths on the turf. The Seaway, contested on the Polytrack and adding an extra furlong, was no problem for the daughter of Not For Love, as she stalked the pace under Eurico Rosa Da Silva, drew even with longshot Marina Ballerina nearing the sixteenth-pole and sprinted clear as the 2-1 favorite.
The final time on a ‘fast’ track was 1:21.51. Marina Ballerina finished second with Justin Stein aboard, 4 1/4 lengths in front of Executive Flight. My list was fourth in a field of seven fillies and mares.
Akronism was making her first start on a synthetic surface, and she now has a victory on Polytrack, turf and natural dirt. Her other stakes wins include the Skipat at Pimlico, Maryland Million Distaff Handicap at Laurel and Jostle at Philadelphia Park. She is now 9-2-3 from 21 starts and has earned $516,132.
Bred in Kentucky and out of the Explosive Bid mare Jerry Bomb, Akronism ran in the grade I Test as a 3-year-old, finishing sixth.
The winner paid $6.80, $4.50 and $3.70. The exacta (8-4) returned $89.60, with the trifecta (8-4-5) netting $357.30.
Marina Ballerina went straight to the front under Stein and posted aggressive fractions of :22.54, :44.87 and 1:08.95. She led by 2 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch before being collared in the late going.