Race 8 at Woodbine on Saturday, July 20 | Post Time 4:50 PM Eastern Time

Ontario Colleen Stakes – Grade 3 | Purse $125,000 | One Mile on Inner Turf | Fillies, Three Years Old

 

Holyanna (6) has only run once and it was a huge effort. Making her career debut at a mile and one-sixteenth on grass in a field of nine last month, the filly won like an old pro. She relaxed in fifth in the early stages, made a big move to be in front by three lengths with an eighth of a mile to go and widened in hand from there. There was a boat load of gas left in the tank and so much better can be expected off the experience of a race. Leading rider DaSilva rides back and lest anyone think this filly isn’t good enough for a graded stakes in only the second start of her career, I will point out she’s the fourth foal of her dam with the other three all turf route winners, most significantly Holy Helena, who has earned $1.3 million including the 2017 Woodbine Oaks and Queen’s Plate Stakes. This is certainly no pushover field, but this filly who opens at 4 to 1 may be all-world like her sister in to time flat and we may not get even these odds again if she improves off her debut.

Seek and Destroy (2) won three in a row between October of last year and this past February, including the Grade 3 Soaring Softly Stakes (at seven furlongs). She has run two turns just twice, finishing sixth and third, so she’s no lock but she’s talented and must be given some respect. Likewise, Sister Peacock (3) has been nearly perfect in six races, winning four and finishing second in the other two. However, like Seek and Destroy, her record of one win and two second place finishes in three turf races is good but not outstanding. Speedy Soul (8) has won four of six career starts, all on all-weather. Her most recent win came in the restricted Bison City Stakes and this open grade 3 level is a step up so we’ll see what she’s made of today.

 

Betting Strategies:

Win Bes: Holyanna (6) to win at odds of 9 to 5 or more.

Exactas:

Box Holyanna (6) and Seek and Destroy (2). Box Holyanna (6) and Sister Peacock (3). Box Holyanna (6) and Speedy Soul (8).