TORONTO, June 16, 2018 – Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry’s homebred stakes winner Mr Havercamp was victorious in his four-year-old debut on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine, defeating past winners of the Steady Growth Stakes in this year’s $100,000 edition.
With Eurico Rosa Da Silva aboard, Mr Havercamp took over command in the stretch of the 1-1/16 mile Ontario Sired Stakes from late leader Keen Gizmo, the defending champion, who finished third this time out as 2016 Steady Growth winner Where’s the Widget came on from the backfield to nab the runner-up role.
“He’s just an amazing horse, I’m just so proud and delighted to be a part of him,” said trainer Catherine Day Phillips after Mr Havercamp prevailed by nearly five lengths in his comeback race over the Tapeta course.
Mr Havercamp settled back in seventh-place behind a wall of horses and began to fan wide as Singandcryindubai led the way for the first three-quarters of a mile, setting fractions of :24.52, :48.50 and 1:12.42. Keen Gizmo struck the front turning for home, but Mr Havercamp hauled down that rival in the stretch to score in a final time of 1:43.68.