Sir for Sure, who completed the Canada Triple Crown this year with a dominant showing in the US$290,284 Breeders’ Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine, was given a sweet reprieve by his connections.
Declan Carroll, the rider, tweeted shortly after having a memorable experience in the Prince of Wales, the second jewel, in which he fell from the son of Sligo Bay entering the first bend, “We shall live to fight another day.”
Carroll and Sir for Sure did just that at Woodbine on a gorgeous October day.
Sir For Sure Victory Highlights
Duke of Love, the winner of the Prince of Wales, joined Gaston, who had not participated in either the Queen’s Plate or Prince of Wales, at the front end after an alert break. Sir for Sure finished eighth out of nine after the first quarter of the 1 1/2-mile test on the tough grass track, which took 24.94 seconds.
Halftime was reached at 49.09 seconds with the front end of the race still being contested by the leading two. The victor of the Plate Trial was under Carroll’s watchful eye as they easily moved up to sixth place.
After a mile, Gaston had the lead by a head and was still in the lead after 1.5 miles. Sir for Sure, the sixth choice in the betting at 6-1, picked up the pace and finished third with a commanding presence.
While he entered the stretch with a half-length advantage over his competitors, Sir for Sure started to pull away from his opponents as Hall of Dreams, a stablemate and another Mark Casse trainee who finished second in the Queen’s Plate, made a powerful late run along the rail.
Sir for Sure, a 2 1/4-length winner at the finish line, was bred and owned by René and Darlene Hunderup. The Casse exacta was finished by Hall of Dreams, with Lac Macaza coming in third. Gaston moved up to finish the top four when Dancin in Da’nile was demoted to seventh place for interfering in the stretch.
2:28.88 was the winning time.
Casse’s assistant Kathryn Sullivan was overjoyed to see the bay horse, who finished third behind Moira in the Plate, get back on track.
It’s quite thrilling, said Sullivan. “I’m about to cry. I’m really pleased with him. It was wonderful to have him return and take part in the marathon. You just want your horse to start the race, nothing more. And now, he was given the opportunity to demonstrate his talent. It’s fantastic.
“These owners are amazing. They take every action. They are mucking in the stables. They are quite active. Quite simply, they won big. So pleased with Declan. He rode well in the race. And our other horse, who placed second, made me really proud. It was so thrilling.
It was an equally pleasing conclusion for Carroll, who was participating in his first Breeders’. Any dissatisfaction with the Prince of Wales was in the past.
Carroll said, “In the first round, everything was extremely sloppy.” Between two horses, I was. I sensed my horse slipping in behind me at the first corner, and when he did, I regrettably lost my right iron, which caused my body to twist and cause me to fall off. But fortunately, he was able to demonstrate his talent today.
Sir for Sure is now 8: 3-1-1 after the victory.
Casse extended his winning streak in the Breeders’ Stakes. The two-time Hall of Fame conditioner further triumphed in 2007 with Marchfield and 2018 with Neepawa.
Hall of Dreams ($3.80, $3.20) and Sir for Sure ($14.80, $6.30, and $4.40) combined for a $47.30 exacta. With Lac Macaza ($4), the trifecta netted $230.80. A $1 superfecta that included Gaston returned $493.85.
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