One For Rose On Top Again in Ontario Matron

(from Woodbine report)
Stronach Stable's solid stakes-winning mare Winning Chance has faced reigning older female Sovereign Award champion One For Rose in five of her last six starts, including Sunday's $175,750 Ontario Matron Stakes at Woodbine, and finished second each time.

Winning Chance brought her "A" game again in the 1 1/16-mile event, but One For Rose was simply better. Jockey Emile Ramsammy guided the 5-year-old Tejano Run mare to the 1 ½-length win for trainer Sid Attard and owner Tucci Stables, in a running time of 1:44.22.

"I'm very happy, she beat her arch rival again," Ramsammy beamed. "She's enjoying the game, she's such a versatile filly."

Attard did think the tables might be turned on his filly as Winning Chance, trained by Dan Vella and ridden by Todd Kabel, is in terrific form, coming off a 8 ½-length win on May 30. "I was scared of Winning Chance, she's a nice filly, look at the way she won last time."

One For Rose, who beat Winning Chance four straight times from September 1 to November 27, 2003, collected $114,187 for her Ontario Matron win to raise career earnings to $691,399.

One For Rose paid $4.10 and $2.30 in a race that featured no show or trifecta wagering. Winning Chance paid $2.10 to place. The exacta paid $7.40. Handpainted was third.

(Chart, Equibase)