The switch back to the grass surface was exactly what 3 year-old filly Financial Recovery needed as she swept up from last to first in the $125,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes at Woodbine July 1.
Coming off of her run in the Woodbine Oaks, Financial Recovery trailed the field of 8 when Jockey David Moran made a move about a half mile out on the inside before opting for a run on the outside at the 1/4 pole. Once in the clear the determined filly passed the leaders in the final yards to win by half a length.
Trained by Catherine Day Phillips, Financial Recovery is owned by Narola LLC in partnership with Anderson Farms Ontario Inc., the breeder of the Street Cry (Ire) filly out of Flawless Diamond, by Saint Ballado.
This was Financial Recovery’s second win on the turf, after running all four of her 2 year-old races on the grass and breaking her maiden in a Maiden Special Weight on the turf last October. Her first three races in 2017 where she finished second in the Fury, sixth in the G3 Selene and seventh in the Woodbine Oaks, were each run on the Tapeta at Woodbine.
Six wide on the turn for home, Split My Pants, made a valiant run down the stretch to finish second behind the 1/5 favourite in a $40,000 Optional Claiming race July 1 at Woodbine.
Bred by Doug Anderson and Rita Eskudt and owned in partnership with Peter Mosakos, Kingfield Racing Stable Ltd. and Carnegie Hill Stable, Split My Pants was coming off her maiden breaking win on June 11.