CAMPBELLVILLE, ON—Lady Shadow overcame a first-up trip to win
the $365,000 Roses Are Red Final for the third year in a row Saturday at Mohawk
Racetrack in 1:48.4.
Lady Shadow floated
off the gate towards the center of the field while Call Me Queen Be was sent
for the front in :25.3. Soon overtaken by Nike Franco N midway down the
backstretch, Lady Shadow soon edged off the rail and began a first-over advance
towards the leader while Wrangler Magic struggled to find room, causing traffic
issues through a :54 half.
three-quarters 1:21.3, Lady Shadow edged past Nike Franco N in the stretch to
take the lead and began to drift while she tried to sprint away from Wrangler
Magic. Call Me Queen Be angled out of the pocket and chased behind while Lady
Shadow held off Wrangler Magic to win, with Call Me Queen Be getting third and
Nike Franco N holding onto fourth.
Shadow Play mare from the Camluck mare Lady Camella, Lady Shadow won her 32nd
race in 59 tries, compiling $2,108,662 in earnings. Competing for the interests
of David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, and Bfj Stable, trained by Ron Adams, and
driven by Yannick Gingras, Lady Shadow paid $3.60 to win.
“I had to move her
over a little bit [while Wrangler Magic struggled for room] and I just hoped to
get back to the two-path,” Yannick Gingras said. “It was clear sailing after
“I thought I had
everyone pretty much where I wanted them [in the final turn]. I assumed, the
way I saw [the issues in] the backstretch that Louis Phillippe[-Roy on Wrangler Magic]
would be disqualified. I knew I had the field stacked up behind me, and I knew
I could’ve gone by Timmy [Tetrick on Nike Franco N] earlier and let her do her
thing in the stretch.
“She’s so tough. She
has big lungs and is real tough. No doubt I would’ve rather been on the lead
tonight, but there was plenty of action and a lot of horses would’ve tried to
take their shot at her; she was the horse to beat. I think tonight she proved
that she’s the best.”
Lady Shadow paid
$3.60 to win.