Haddassah (Air Force Blue) took to dirt with aplomb to upset Tuesday's Prince of Wales S., the second jewel of Canada's Triple Crown.
The 6-1 chance, third in the GIII Marine S. July 11 and eighth after getting rank early in the Queen's Plate last time Aug. 22, both over the Woodbine all-weather, chased in second as they passed the Fort Erie grandstand for the first time. He remained in a perfect, stalking position through a half mile in :47.30, made his move to take over on the far turn and dug down gamely in the stretch to hold Harlan Estate (Kantharos) safe for a one-two finish for trainer Kevin Attard.
A debut winner in an off-the-turfer at Woodbine last November, the Al and Bill Ulwelling homebred was a well-beaten third in grassy allowance at Woodbine June 13 prior to his two aforementioned stakes tries.
This is the second stakes winner for young sire Air Force Blue and sixth stakes winner for broodmare sire Whywhywhy.
Ten-time winner and multiple stakes-placed Lady Haddassah, claimed by Al and Bill Ulwelling for $16,000 at Oaklawn in 2013, is also responsible for the unraced 2-year-old gelding Haddassah's Devil (Daredevil); a yearling colt by Lookin At Lucky; and a colt by Mo Town of this year. She was bred back to Air Force Blue.
Tuesday, Fort Erie
PRINCE OF WALES S., C$400,000, Fort Erie, 9-14, (C), 3yo,
1 3/16m, 1:56.15, ft.
1–HADDASSAH, 126, g, 3, by Air Force Blue
1st Dam: Lady Haddassah (MSP, $248,164), by Whywhywhy
2nd Dam: Baby Lexi, by Storm Boot
3rd Dam: Queen's Castle, by Pleasant Tap
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O/B-Al & Bill Ulwelling (ON); T-Kevin
Attard; J-Gary Boulanger. C$240,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-2,
2–Harlan Estate, 126, c, 3, Kantharos–Archerette, by Arch.
($39,000 RNA Ylg '19 FTKJUL; $90,000 2yo '20 OBSMAR). O-ERJ
Racing, LLC, Exline-Border Racing LLC, Madaket Stables LLC &
Clay Scherer; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T-Kevin Attard. C$80,000.
3–Keep Grinding, 126, c, 3, Tizway–Samsal, by Consolidator.
(C$13,000 Ylg '19 CANSEP). O-Joshua J. Attard; B-Huntington
Stud Farm Corp. (ON); T-Tino Attard. C$40,000.
Margins: HF, 1 3/4, 4. Odds: 6.75, 3.45, 4.70.
Also Ran: H C Holiday, Curlin's Catch, Tidal Forces, Avoman, Ready At Dawn. Click for the Equibase.com chart.