DOMINION DAY S.-GIII
, $204,961, WOX, 7-1, 3yo/up, 1 1/4m (AWT), 2:04, ft.
1--HUNTERS BAY, 121, h, 5, by Ghostzapper
1st Dam: Smok'n Frolic (MGSW & GISP, $1,534,720), by Smoke Glacken
2nd Dam: Cherokyfrolicflash, by Green Dancer
3rd Dam: Cherokee Frolic, by Cherokee Fellow
($110,000 RNA 2yo '09 ADNMAR). O-Stronach Stables; B-Adena Springs (KY); T-Reade Baker; J-Emma-Jayne Wilson; $123,921. Lifetime Record:
11-6-3-0, $399,657. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 119, g, 4, Philanthropist--Uproar, by Hail the Ruckus. ($15,782 yrl '09 ONTSEP). O- Dennis Andrews, Sandra Lazaruk & Rob & Roberta Giffin; B-Gardiner Farms Limited (ON); T-Michael P De Paulo; $47,208.
, 117, h, 5, Ghostzapper
--Collect the Cash, by Dynaformer. ($250,000 2yo '09 ADNMAR; $110,000 RNA yrl '08 KEESEP). O-F Thomas & Jack Conway; B-Adena Springs (KY); T-Michael J Maker; $21,637.
Margins: 1, 7HF, 8 1/4. Odds: 0.70, 4.70, 3.30.
Also Ran: Medidocihospisurg, Straight Story.
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The lightly raced but very consistent Hunters Bay has proven a force to be reckoned with over Woodbine's Polytrack, and the Adena Springs homebred continued his dominance of this venue's handicap division here. Two-for-three for trainer Todd Pletcher as a sophomore, the bay was handed over to Reade Baker last term, finishing close seconds in a pair of salty Gulfstream optional claimers in February and March respectively while breaking the 100 Beyer Speed Figure mark both times. He got his first win for the new conditioner two starts later when romping by 6 1/4 lengths in a seven-furlong heat here last May before hitting the sidelines, and resurfaced at Gulfstream to finish second again Mar. 3 behind MGSW Pants On Fire (Jump Start). Hunters Bay returned to take another seven-furlong optional seller here Apr. 28 by a convincing four-length margin, and was last seen earning what seemed like inevitable black-type when he annexed the 8 1/2-furlong GIII Eclipse S. here May 26 by three lengths. Guided to the outside as Straight Story (Giant's Causeway) provided the compact field with what little pace there was, the odds-on choice confronted Pender Harbour as that one took over turning for home. Last year's Canadian champion 3-year-old wasn't going down without a fight and dug in as Hunter's Bay struggled to keep a straight path while cocking his head towards the stands, but the favorite ultimately leveled off in the waning moments to pull clear. "He's so easy to handle," pilot Emma-Jayne Wilson said of the winner. "If you ask him to sit, he sits. If you ask him to move on up, he moves on up. Having that tactical ability makes it easier to ride these kinds of races." Baker revealed that Hunters Bay could be taking his show on the road and stepping into the deep end next time. "We'll probably go to the [Aug. 4 GI] Whitney H. at Saratoga or possibly the [Aug. 26 GI] Pacific Classic at Del Mar."