Sparkle's Girl win Ontario Lassie Stakes
November 28 – Sparkles’ Girl, patiently piloted by Emma-Jayne Wilson, rallied to an emphatic score in Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes, at Woodbine.
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Trained by John Charalambous for owner C.E.C. Farms, Sparkles’ Girl settled well off the early speed of Shining Star through splits of :24.59 and :49.52 before angling off the rail late in the final turn en route a three-length score. A rail-skimming Garavogue Colleen arrived for second money in front of a late-running Zermatta.
Sparkles’ Girl, sent to post at odds of 4-1 in the 1 1/16-mile ‘Poly’ route for Ontario-bred juvenile fillies, stopped the clock in 1:45.82.
The bay daughter of Society’s Chairman-Trusted was making her first start around two turns after hitting the board in three of four sprint starts including a first-out win going six furlongs in a maiden allowance tilt. Freshened after a sixth-place run in the Muskoka Stakes, Sparkles’ Girl came back to be a good third in the Victorian Queen and was a driving second last time out, on November 6, in an allowance sprint won by stablemate, and Ontario Lassie rival, Miss Forester.
Charalambous was pleased with the big effort from Sparkles’ Girl in her first attempt routing.
“She tries hard every time,” said Charalambous. “The question we had a month ago was whether she rounded off her last race where she rated and couldn’t beat her entry mate. But, she rated kindly (last time out) and I thought she’d move on and she did today.”
Sparkles Girl provided young sire Society’s Chairman, who stands at Shannondoe Farm with his third stakes winner form his first seven starters, joining four-time Woodbine stakes winner Caren and the unbeaten Code Warrior who earned her second stakes triumph on November 28..
Bred in Ontario by Spring Farm, Sparkles’ Girl improved her record to 2-1-1 from five starts and her bankrool to $106,295.
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