Meanwhile in … Toronto: career landmark for ‘Canadian icon’ Pink Lloyd

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Pink Lloyd (Rafael Hernandez) after his fourth success in the Vigil Stakes at Woodbine.
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Pink Lloyd takes career earnings to $2m with 26th Woodbine win

Canada: We’re using this week’s spot to pay tribute to star sprinter Pink Lloyd, described by his veteran trainer Robert Tiller as a “Canadian racing icon” at the weekend.

There was a reason for that, because the popular chestnut gelding took his career earnings past the Can$2 million mark on Saturday [Sept 5] when he won the G3 Vigil Stakes at Woodbine for the fourth time in succession.

A standing dish at Woodbine, Ontario-bred Pink Lloyd came within a hundredth of a second of his own track record as he covered 6f on the Tapeta in 1m.08.06s under jockey Rafael Hernandez.

“He’s so dear to my heart – we believe in him so much,” said Tiller after the Canadian-bred eight-year-old had taken his career record to a remarkable 26 wins (23 stakes) from 32 starts (all of them at Woodbine) for his owners, Entourage Stable. 

Unbeaten in four in 2020, Pink Lloyd has tasted defeat only once in two years; he also compiled an 11-race winning streak earlier in his career in 2017-18. He was Canada’s Horse of the Year for 2917, when he was unbeaten in eight starts, and has won six Sovereign Awards altogether.

“I don’t think you’re going to find another horse like him again,” added Tiller. “He’s a Canadian racing icon. This is a true, true champion. And I’ve said it many times, I just love him to death and he just keeps amazing me.”

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