Tomorrow Woodbine features one Graded race on the card – the G3 Whimsical Stakes meant for four-year-old fillies and older mares. Boardroom attempts to win this event for the second time in a row, but returnee Artie’s Princess could be well against it alongside progressive Dreaming of Drew.
On the all-weather surface, seven four-year-old fillies and older mares are about to compete in this six furlongs-long G3 race, offering the purse of $150,000. The event attracted three of its last year’s participants, including victorious Boardroom, trained by Josie Carroll.
The five-year-old mare has won the Whimsical Stakes by a short margin; however, she showed lots of courage when fighting the rivals and maintaining the lead, while she drew on that 2021 performance to deliver in her next G3 outing, the Seaway Stakes. In August, she prevailed by more than four lengths and only improved her fine career record of seven starts, five win, and two places.
Although she hasn’t hit the track since winning the mentioned Graded race, she has also achieved her successes after big layoffs, so the lack of a preparation start shouldn’t bother her or her fans. In both of the G3 events, Boardroom bettered second Our Secret Agent.
The five-year-old is trained by Mark Casse, who sent his charge to more than twice as many starts as the team did with Boardroom; however, the chestnut mare also has a brilliant record of just once finishing out of the first three in all 16 outings.
She’s collected five places at the Graded stage and a victory in the G3 Hendrie Stakes in October, but even though she’s already run in the 2022 season when being third in a Listed company, it’s not easy to imagine her turning the tables on Boardroom.
Primarily due to her running tactic as Our Secret Agent is a sprinter who is a bit slow out of the gate, needs some time to get into her stride, and in the final stretch, her finish still tends to just come too late to actually threaten the winning rival.
The third mare who appeared in the last year’s edition is Artie’s Princess. The Saffie A. Joseph jr. bound five-year-old bay scored the G2 Bessarabian Stakes in 2021, and therefore, she was preferred for the Whimsical Stakes as she should’ve been better than her rivals.
However, she tired herself out quickly back then and finished fifth of six participants. She didn’t make a reappearance in 2021 and returns to the track exactly after a year of an absence, so her form is in question. Still, if she shows something similar as in the Bessarabian Stakes where she left both Boardroom and Our Secret Agent behind, Artie’s Princess could fight for the victory here.
From the remaining quarter, Dreaming of Drew looks the most appealing one after her April black-type win. As she spent the whole season of 2021 on the sidelines, such a return could push her towards even bigger achievements. Lorena has recorded four triumphs at that scene already, while Dirty Dangle and Millennium Force finished first and second, respectively, when meeting in an Allowance race last time out.
|Horse||Jockey||Odds courtesy of JazzSports|
|Dreaming of Drew||Patrick Husbands||+400|
|Dirty Dangle||Rafael Manuel Hernandez||+1200|
|Artie’s Princess||Reylu Gutierrez||+200|
|Our Secret Agent||Kazushi Kimura||+600|
|Millennium Force||Antonio A. Gallardo||+2000|
Whimsical Stakes Betting Prediction
Boardroom which is classy and gutsy enough to score it again.
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