The card at the Woodbine Racecourse featured primarily the G3 Whimsical Stakes for four-year-old fillies and older mares, where Boardroom attempted to win the race for the second time. However, she had a bad run this time and couldn’t close in on time on Our Secret Agent, trained by Mark Casse, who bagged the Canadian race in a grand fashion.
2022 Whimsical Stakes
In the field of six four-year-old fillies and older mares, Our Secret Agent (28-5) denied the odds and bagged the G3 race held on the all-weather surface. At the distance of six furlongs, Kazushi Kimura let his five-year-old mount gallop a bit closer to the front than usual, which paid off in the end as Our Secret Agent easily took command in the final turn and cruised home to score her second G3 win by 2 and ¾ of lengths in 1:09.62. In the race offering the purse of $150,000, she crossed the wire unchallenged as preferred Boardroom (11-10) managed to secure only second place in front of finely going Dreaming of Drew (71-20).
As we mentioned in our preview, Our Secret Agent tended to lose the races due to her passive tactic as she used to be slow out of the gate, and it took her some time to get into a good rhythm. This time, however, the jockey kept the chestnut mare as close to the front as possible, so once he urged her to go forward, she didn’t have to pass by every single rival but just a couple of them.
Quickly, the daughter of Secret Circle claimed the first place, and after collecting five places at the Graded scene, she recorded her second triumph in such competition; still, it happened also thanks to the brilliant ride of Kazushi Kimura.
Luck was on their side, too, as the favourite mare, Boardroom, had to overcome quite an unfortunate run. Given she lacked the speed to settle near the front, and then lost every chance to get at least a resemblance of a good position for the finish, Luis Contreras aboard needed to take his mount outside.
By this manoeuvre, the last year’s winner wasted some energy on running wide around the field but also improved her position, so she was capable of closing on rivals behind the subsequent winner and at least securing the second place. Dreaming of Drew ran a good race in the third when bettering weakening Artie’s Princess (51-10), who finished fourth.
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