Deputy Cures Blues Wins Lady Angela Stakes

(from track report)
Deputy Cures Blues made it look easy when she glided to the lead in Sunday's $130,875 Lady Angela Stakes at Woodbine, but fending off a stiff late challenge proved much tougher.

After assuming command with relative ease on the final turn from home, it appeared as though Deputy Cures Blues, competing in her fifth consecutive stakes event, had things well in hand. But a persistent Stop Looking, with Constant Montpellier in the irons, pushed the daughter of War Deputy, who held on gamely to the wire in the seven-furlong Lady Angela.

"She's (Deputy Cures Blues) a real doll and I thought she had a real good chance here," said trainer Scotty McCulloch, of the Ontario-bred bay.

Santerra took the early lead, guiding the seven-horse field through an opening quarter-mile in :23.94. Stop Looking was a close-up second, while Emile Ramsammy kept Deputy Cures Blues a reserved third just outside her rivals.

Ramsammy then roused his filly to the front, taking a narrow lead over from a pacesetting Santerra. After cutting a half-mile clip in :47.38, Deputy Cures Blues widened the gap on the field.

Holding a one-length advantage at the top of the stretch, the 3-year-repelled a strong bid from Stop Looking and a late-closing Macdashi.

"She's got so much heart and just digs in," said McCulloch of the gutsy triumph, Deputy Cures Blues' second career win and sixth top-three effort in seven lifetime starts.

It was a sentiment shared by winning pilot Ramsammy, who earned his first stakes score of 2003.

After a solid first-year campaign in 2002, one that included two straight wins to begin her career and three runner-up efforts in added-money events, Deputy Cures Blues could have a date in the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks on June 8 at the Toronto oval.

She paid $6.10, $3.30 and $2.80 across the board, combining with Stop Looking ($5.30, $3.50) for a $29.80 exacta. Macdashi ($3.80) completed a $135.00 trifecta.

(Chart, Equibase)