Woodbine Media – TORONTO, August 25, 2018 – Mr Havercamp provided owner/breeder Sean Fitzhenry with a graded stakes victory for his birthday on Saturday as the four-year-old Court Vision gelding took the $175,000 Play the King Stakes (Grade 2) over seven furlongs on Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Sent postward as the 4-5 favourite, Mr Havercamp navigated a yielding turf and came through between horses late to score the victory under the guidance of Woodbine’s meet-leading jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva.
Already a graded stakes winner, 2-1 second choice La Sardane was riding a three-race win streak into his Woodbine debut and charged out for the lead from the inside post. He led the field through a quarter in :23.92 and half in :47.59 while Boreal Spirit stalked outside early on.
Caught behind horses turning for home, Mr Havercamp emerged with the lead down the stretch as the field spread across the track and he surged ahead to score in 1:23.94 by 2-1/2 lengths.