By Nicholas Godfrey
Woodbine: Ricoh Woodbine Mile G1 Can$1m, 1m, turf, 3yo+
Starship Jubilee (Kevin Attard/Justin Stein)
Reigning Canadian horse of the year Starship Jubilee showed she is a genuine G1 performer as she beat her male counterparts to record the 19th victory of her career.
Looking as good as ever, the seven-year-old came home powerfully to score by a length over March To The Arch with last year’s Preakness winner War Of Will back in third. The Breeders’ Cup Mile beckons for this admirable performer, who already has a pair of G2s and a G3 to her name south of the 49th parallel in 2020.
Kevin Attard (Starship Jubilee’s trainer): “This mare doesn’t get the respect she deserves. She’s a winner of 18 or 19 races out of 38 starts, I was really disappointed to see her at 6-1 on the board, just kind of forgotten about. Time after time, she comes up and proves that she’s a top horse in North America.
“I’m just going to enjoy the moment right now, but it’s obviously a special feeling to know that this race has produced so many horses that have gone on to win the Breeders’ Cup. I’m really ecstatic right now and that’s somewhere we’ve been aiming to go all year long. This is just one step closer.”
Justin Stein: “Sitting inside the three-eighths pole, around the five-sixteenths pole, I had tons, and I waited for a chance to tip her out and ask her to run. She’s so honest and wants to win more than anybody else out there. I watched her replays –she’s just gritty. She just waited for her cue and took off like a scalded cat. She was gone.”
Belmont Oaks: Magic Attitude scores on US debut
Belmont Oaks Invitational G1 $250,000, 1m2f, dirt, 3yo fillies
Magic Attitude (Arnaud Delacour/Javier Castellano)
In a relatively weak-looking race for the status, ex-French G3 winner Magic Attitude showed a bright turn of foot to rally from last to first on her US debut. Fifth in the Prix de Diane for former trainer Fabrice Chappet on her most recent start, Lael Stables’ filly drew away for a 2¼-length victory over Godolphin’s Antoinette.
Arnaud Delacour: “The pace was a little bit of a concern. With a five-horse field, you never know what’s going to happen, but it didn’t change her running style as that’s how she likes to race. Javier timed it perfectly and she came with a good kick.”
Javier Castellano: “I tried to cover up a little bit. It was her first time in the country and a mile and a quarter and you always have to save something for the end. She sat beautifully behind the speed. She had a nice rhythm. When I asked her turning for home at the quarter pole, she just took off really well. I was very excited to see the way she did it today.”