Trainer Catherine Day Phillips notched two back to back wins in the first and second races on the June 25 card at Woodbine Racetrack.
In his second lifetime start, Mill Road, took the lead and, according to race caller Robert Geller, “cantered down the stretch and sauntered to the wire,” in the six and a half furlong $61,000 maiden special weight to win the first race by close to eight lengths with Jockey Patrick Husbands aboard.
Bred and owned by Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. and Merette Farrell, the 3 year-old Quality Road gelding did not race at two and David Anderson thanked Trainer Catherine Day Phillips for her patience and perseverance in a tweet after the win.
The next race was a mile and an eighth on the turf and winner Gilded Splinters made it look easy. Breaking on the lead Gilded Splinters remained in front under a hand ride by Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva.
Bred and owned by Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry this was the third lifetime win for the now 4 year old filly by Henrythenavigator out of the Fitzhenry’s Affirmed mare, Minnie’s Meadow.
After a bit of a slow start to the season, Trainer Catherine Day Phillips‘ barn has picked up some momentum with six wins in the last twelve starts (2017: 21 starts – 6 wins – 5 seconds – 1 third) including a valiant second place finish by Aye Aye Captain on June 24.