British Royalty Scoops the Prize at Breeders’ Stakes

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Last weekend’s Breeders’ Stakes saw a sterling performance by British Royalty, who snatched the first spot and a sizey cash prize.

Last Sunday saw a nail-biting event at Ontario’s Woodbine Racetrack, with the 130th edition of the Breeders’ Stakes.  The prestigious race, which carries notable prize money of CA$401,600, saw an impressive performance by British Royalty, who effortlessly secured the top spot.  The track also saw a brilliant performance by Safe Conduct, who took to the field following his memorable winning run at this season’s Queen’s Plate.

British Royalty is the offspring of English Channel, and he was claimed this summer from co-owner and trainer Barb Minshall. This was simultaneously the horse’s first appearance at the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, and it was one to remember. The filly managed to forge ahead of other Canadian-foaled three-year-olds and clutch the victory.

A Win to Remember

The Breeders’ Stakes last Sunday featured a field of 12 horses. British Royalty faced stiff competition from the likes of Safe Conduct, the winner of this year’s Queen’s Plate, the runner-up Riptide Rock, Prince of Wales Stakes champion Hadassah, and other talented fillies. However, British royalty side-lined the competition and won the race with ease.

Safe Conduct started the race solidly and dominated the line alongside Hadassah in the second and Keep Grinding in the third place. At the first quarter, British Royalty’s driver, Patrick Husbands, sat at seventh, clocking a time of :25.00. At the half-mile point, Safe Conduct remained first, with Collective Force at second. At this point, Husbands managed to push British Royalty to the sixth spot.

Simultaneously, Safe Conduct began to struggle against British Royalty and Collective Force. The former stepped into gear and sped through the top, managing to establish a one-length lead on Riptide Rock. Ultimately, British Royalty won easily with the advantage of an impressive four-lengths. Riptide Rock and Collective Force came in second and third.

Commencing with odds of 24-1, British Royalty yielded CA$51.20 for its victory, recording his second win out of a total of nine career starts. Last July, the horse’s owner, Barb Minshall, lost the horse to a claim and then proceeded to claim him back.  According to Minshall, this race represented one of the best wins of his entire career. He admitted having made the mistake of letting the horse go and is now happy to have the filly back.

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