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Channel Maker Narrowly in Woodbine’s Breeders

8th at WO , Stk, $400,000Breeders' S. (1 1/2m)Winner: Channel Maker, g, 3 by English Channel

Channel Maker (center) ekes out the victory | Michael Burns/WEG

BREEDERS’ S., C$400,800, WO, 8-20, (C), 3yo, 1 1/2mT, 2:29.70, fm.
1–CHANNEL MAKER, 126, g, 3, by English Channel
1st Dam: In Return (SW), by Horse Chestnut (Saf)
2nd Dam: Bartered Bride, by Shadeed
3rd Dam: Lady Vixen, by Sir Ivor
($57,000 RNA Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Joey Gee Thoroughbreds,
Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON);
T-William I. Mott; J-Rafael Manuel Hernandez. C$240,000.
Lifetime Record: 10-2-2-2, $371,453.2–Final Copy, 126, g, 3, Malibu Moon–Seanachai, by El Prado
(Ire). O/B-Chiefswood Stables Limited (ON); T-Roger L. Attfield.
3–King and His Court, 126, g, 3, Court Vision–Pennywhistle, by
Grand Reward. (C$3,000 Ylg ’15 CANSEP). O-Wachtel Stable &
Gary Barber; B-Patricia & Robert Weber (ON); T-Mark E. Casse.
C$40,000.Margins: NO, HF, 1. Odds: 1.75, 4.85, 12.25.
Also Ran: Seeking Albert, Woodbridge, Lookin At Bravo, Conquest Lemonraid, Major Eclipse, Glencairn, Cool Catomine.

Channel Maker made a big, wide move on the far turn and held on desperately late to capture the Breeders’ S. at Woodbine, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Winner of the restricted Vandal S. here last summer, the chestnut had gone winless in seven subsequent starts while placing in the GII Summer S. and GIII Marine S. Last seen finishing fourth in the Queen’s Plate July 2, Channel Maker took the bulk of public support in this spot and was wrangled back to run second-last as the leaders sauntered through splits of :26.88, :52.32 and 1:17.31. Launching a slingshot, five-wide bid nearing the top of the lane, the favorite overtook second choice Final Copy just inside the eighth pole, but that one was resilient, and the two battled to the line with Channel Maker just besting his rival by a head. King and His Court, represented by two thirds of the winner’s ownership, completed the trifecta. An inquiry and several objections were lodged into the actions of the first two horses, but no change was made. The win is the first in this event for trainer Bill Mott.

“Down the lane, he was just laying over a little bit when he switched to the lead and didn’t bother anybody as the inquiry showed,” said winning rider Rafael Hernandez. “I think he’s a good horse, he’s been showing up every time he’s been running and we won so that’s good. [Final Copy] started coming back, I had a head in front of him and then we’d get head-to-head and he tried to come back right there in the end, but my horse kept going.” Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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