Ellas My Love wins by 2 1/2 lengths to become his sire's first winner

Ellas My Love wins by 2 1/2 lengths to become his sire's first winner

Michael Burns

Ellas My Love Gives Pool Play First Winner

Ontario-bred 2-year-old cruised home in Woodbine maiden race.

Pool Play, who banked more than $1.3 million racing, had his first winner as a sire July 29, when his son Ellas My Love crushed a field of Ontario-sired 2-year-old maidens at Woodbine

With jockey Gary Boulanger aboard for trainer William Tharrenos, the colt stalked the pace early before he took command with a wide move after a half-mile in the six-furlong maiden special weight race. 

Owned by Andreas Pitsadiotis, the bay runner extended his lead by 2 1/2 lengths at the wire and stopped the clock at 1:11.40. 

Video: Race 5 (MSW) at WO on 7/29/17

Ellas My Love paid $5.40, $3.40, and $2.20 across the board to his backers.

Out of the winning mare Lea's Moon, by Perigee Moon, Pitsadiotis paid $22,890 for the colt at the 2016 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) Canadian-bred yearling sale.

Pool Play stood the 2017 season for $2,500 at T. C. Westmeath Stud Farm in Ontario.

A versatile racehorse, Pool Play's greatest win was at 36-1 in the 2011 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs for trainer Mark Casse and owner William S. Farish.

A son of Silver Deputy out of Zuri Ridge (Cox's Ridge), Pool Play also took the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (G2) the next year, going 1 1/4 miles on the dirt. He won the Durham Cup Stakes (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on Woodbine's all-weather track in 2009 and placed in the 1 1/2-mile Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) in 2011 at Keeneland.