WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Trinidadian Stanley Chadee Jr starred on the seven-race mid-week card at Assiniboia Downs when he captured the feature CAN$18 000 Ericka’s Lass Stakes as part of a double yesterday.
Aboard the favourite Miss Imperial for the mile and sixteenth trip, the 30-year-old Chadee presided over a strong gate-to-wire performance to trounce the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 3-½ lengths in a time of one minute, 48:20 seconds.
Seven-to-one shot More Mo For Me, with Venezuelan Wilmer Galviz aboard, finished second while five-to-one choice Kickalittlebooty finished third with leading rider Antonio Whitehall in the saddle.
Breaking from the inside, Chadee put the four-year-old dark bay filly to the front to produce lazy splits of 23.80 seconds for the quarter and 51:20 for the half, with More Mo For Me stalking and Kickalittlebooty just off the pace.
Chadee then held off a challenge from More Mo For Me approaching the final turn to open up a near three-length lead in the stretch and hit the wire comfortably ahead of his rivals.
His second win came in race five over a mile when he combined with 10-3 chance BB Prince of Scat to beat the three-year-olds and upward by 1-¼ lengths.
Chadee saved ground with the nine-year-old chestnut gelding before catching pacesetter Hardly Forgotten in the stretch, shaking off favourite Tristan’s Dream ridden by Barbadian Nirone Austin, and reaching the wire first.
Fellow Trinidadian Richard Mangalee was also in winners row when he piloted favourite Eye Cloud to a 2-¾ length victory over the three-year-olds and upward in race one over a mile.
And Barbadian Whitehall continued to make his presence felt when he paired with favourite Lookin Rich to beat the three-year-olds and upwards by two lengths in 7-½ furlong trip. (CMC)