Claim to fame: Breeders’ Stakes champion crowned by British royalty


TORONTO – It was the crowning day of British royalty, which closed the OLG Canadian Triple Crown with an impressive triumph in the 130th edition of the $ 401,600 Breeders’ Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine.

A Channel bay son, British Royalty, who had been claimed from coach and co-owner Barb Minshall this summer, made his successful Triple Crown Series debut, easily pulling away from his rivals to win the race for the Canadian. three-year-old foals.

Facing terrain that included Safe Conduct, Queen’s Plate winner, Riptide Rock, Plate finalist, Haddassah, Prince of Wales Stakes champion and a host of other talented turf types, British Royalty had their work cut out for them. .

On a cloudy day on the Toronto Oval, it shone with a high level note.

Safe Conduct took control of the 1.5-mile grass marathon, as Haddassah, in second, and Keep Grinding, in third, kept a close watch on the leader, while Patrick Husbands comfortably settled the British royalty in seventh place thanks to an opening. shift at: 25.00.

The plate winner continued to shoot for a half mile reached in: 51.53 as Collective Force, now second, followed the leader’s every move. Husbands guided British royalty to sixth place, as gelding and Riptide Rock began to gain ground on the former.

Safe Conduct quickly found itself under siege on both sides, as the Collective Force fought bravely, and British royalty found another piece of equipment, exploding in the lead and holding a length advantage over a rapidly expanding Riptide Rock at Robert Geller’s appeal reached in 2: 09.05.

On the wire, British royalty was a convincing and deserving winner at four lengths.

Riptide Rock and Collective Force, second and third respectively, are well ahead of their closest rivals. Harlan Estate finished fourth in the contested yielding race. The final time was 2: 34.00.

Sent off at 24-1, British Royalty returned $ 51.20 for the win, marking their second win in nine career starts.

Patrick Husbands displays a 24-1 surprise against British royalty to win the 2021 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine. (Photo by Michael Burns)

For Minshall, who lost the horse to a claim on July 11 and then claimed it on July 24, the victory was one of the most rewarding of his career.

“I was looking to win a race, and I took my chance, and I was very angry with myself for taking such a chance,” recalls the conditioning champion, co-owner of the horse with Bruce Lunsford. “There you go, the horse is back next time, he’s running two weeks later, and I couldn’t get in fast enough to get him back.” I knew I had made a huge mistake. So, I am really happy.

Husbands, who won the Canadian Triple Crown in 2003 with Wando and recorded his fifth Breeders’ Stakes title, was understandably delighted to team up for the first time with second pupil Richard Lister.

“My agent (Leroy Trotman) came to my house and he said, ‘I have a cab for you, but do you want to watch the forum?’ I said, ‘Leroy, that’s what I’m paying you for. I want to hear from you. He said Barb (Minshall) said you can come work the horse and if you don’t like her she won’t be mad at you. I came over and blew the horse, about 20 minutes later my agent asked me how the horse was doing. I said please don’t tell Barbie but this horse is light. I’ve ridden him on the last two breezes, and he’s been on softer turf twice, and he ran (today) like I expected him to run.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, aboard Safe Conduct, praised eighth place.

“I mean, he’s fantastic. I have been following him since last year. Obviously the coach asked me if I had ridden him when he was two years old. Since then, I have been watching him closely. So I mean well done and congratulations on winning the (Queen’s) Plate. I hoped I could get them another crown jewel, but it wasn’t our daily life.

The Breeders’ victory marked an exceptional weekend for Lunsford, whose local art collector won first-year Woodward at Belmont on Saturday.

Woodbine press release

Photo: Patrick Husbands and coach Barbara Minshall celebrate the 2021 British Royalty Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine. (Photo by Michael Burns)


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