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Enduring Star Wins, On Target For Queen's Plate

April 25, 2011 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

 

It was a nail biter, but Enduring Star endured and broke his maiden on Saturday at Woodbine in his quest for the Queen’s Plate. Under jockey Eurico Da Silva, our Canadian bred son of Sir Shackleton broke well and rated off the pace down the backside in the 1 1/16 mile Polytrack event. He found himself on the lead at the top of the lane, and never looked back. He was confidently handled by Da Silva and held off a late challenge from Jo Jo’s Mojo to score by a nose.
We expected him to make one sweeping move to blow by the field in the final 1/8th, but a win is a win. An impressive one nonethless.

Congratulations to Enduring Star’s Partners. It’s an exciting time. He earned $42,184 (gotta love the purses at Woodbine) and came out of the race in great shape. We are targeting the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes going 1 ⅛ miles on the Polytrack on Sunday, June 5th at Woodbine and it will serve as a final prep for the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate Stakes going 1 ¼  miles on the Polytrack Sunday, June 26th at Woodbine. The Queen’s Plate is the most prestigious event in Canadian racing.
 
Trainer Mark Casse said, "I've always liked this colt. He's got a nice turn of foot and we're excited about him. I've never won the Queen's Plate, and I've got a huge chance to do so with Enduring Star."
 
Terry Finley said, "This horse is so athletic. We gave him some time to develop over the winter after he put in some credible efforts at Woodbine late last year, and it's really helped him. He ran a bang up race at Gulfstream that set him up perfectly to break his maiden. All systems go for the Queen's Plate." 
Yes it was a bit too close for comfort late. Pleased to see him a bit closer early & his nice "turn of foot". But do agree that he did seem to move a bit earlier than expected starting a move almost 6 F out. But it worked!! My wife Dianne & I cheered as hard as we coyuld. Great job by Eurico & the Casse Team. Fingers crosed. Brian McLatchie
Brian unfortunately Carolyn and I couldn't be there in person; but, we did watch it in real time. Good job cheering him home. Hope to see you at the Plate Tral.
Hey Brian your hat is on order. Enduring Star small in stature big in heart.
As owners we like to see wins by at least 2-3 lengths. Has anyone told Mark that yet? Also, multi-length wins also allow for great win photos without any other horse obstructing the view of the Star crossing the line. I live in Thailand so saw the replay first thing in the morning and was just over the moon... but...gosh was that tight at the finish. Ever seen a horse's nose up close... not much to win by :) All the best to our owner group, and for a sweep of the Trial Stakes and the Queen's Plate for the Star! Barnaby
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