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.Tucci Stables' classy 5-year-old Tejano Run mare earned $141,510 for her win in the 1 ¼-mile main track event, giving the Ontario-bred $1,047,243 in lifetime purses with 12 victories.
Last year's leading older filly or mare in Canada, One For Rose beat Clouds of Gold by 6 ½-lengths under Emile Ramsammy for trainer Sid Attard. Raylene, who beat One For Rose in the Maple Leaf Prep out, lost by seven lengths this time. "She was left alone on the lead and One For Rose showed the type of horse she is and persevered like the champion she is," said Ramsammy. "She's a helluva mare. She enjoys the game, she likes running and she loves Woodbine. What more can I say? She's a millionaire."It was the dark bay's fifth win and fourth stakes tally of 2004. It was her first wire-to-wire win of the meet.The running time was 2:04.87."She's been good to us and she gives you 100% all the time. She's just a nice mare," Attard said.Attard, who claimed the mare for the Tucci group for $40,000 in 2002, said One For Rose will get a rest now. "We'll probably give her six weeks off because she has been running really hard."One For Rose (older female), who joined fellow 2003 champion Wando (Mt. Sassafras two races earlier) with a stakes win on the afternoon's Coronation Futurity card, paid $3.00 to win and combined with Clouds of Gold for a $9.90 exactor.