Theodora B. Finds At Home on Woodbine Turf
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Theodora B. has been all over the map, but last out the daughter of Ghostzapper found a home on the turf course at Woodbine Racetrack when winning the Grade 2 Dance Smartly. She looks to make it a double on September 12 in the $250,000 Canadian Stakes (G2) over nine furlongs, where she is 5-1 against nine rivals.
Theodora B. is trained by Michael Dickinson and has run at eight different racetracks in her 17-race career. She debuted at Parx in 2017, then systematically ran at Laurel, Monmouth, Delaware Park, Saratoga, Presque Isle Downs, and Aqueduct in addition to Woodbine. She ran on the synthetic main track here three times without a win, although she was Grade 3 placed in the Maple Leaf Stakes in 2019, before she stole the Dance Smartly at 11-1 last out. Under Justin Stein, Theodora B. went to the lead and won by three-quarters of a length.
Stein has opted for rival Amalfi Coast, so Theodora B. picks up Kazushi Kimura. They will both have to face New York shipper Cambier Parc, a four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and the great Canadian mare and Hall of Famer, Sealy Hill. Chad Brown trains Cambier Parc, who is unraced since winning the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland last October. Before that, she won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and the Grade 3 Wonder Again at Belmont Park. The $1.25 million purchase has a series of strong works for her return. Rafael Hernandez will ride.
Fifth in the Dance Smartly was Bold Script, who is 20-1 on the morning line. The four-year-old Speightstown filly had been no worse than third in 2020 before the Dance Smartly, and won a good allowance race here in July. She is Grade 1 placed on this course, and broke her maiden on it in 2018.
Elizabeth Way (Ire) is a daughter of Frankel who was third in the Dance Smartly. Before that she won the Grade 2 Nassau here over a mile, and the cut back in distance from ten furlongs to nine may help the filly, who is trained by Roger Attfield. Emma Jayne Wilson will ride the filly, whose record reads three wins, two seconds, and two thirds in 11 tries.
Another Time will start for Barbara Minshall. The daughter of Munnings has yet to race this far, but she was second in the Nassau by a neck, which was her last grass start. Before that she won an allowance here sprinting.
Court Return, Rideforthecause, Runway Dreamer, and Art of Almost complete the field. Watch and wager on the 2020 Queen’s Plate and its undercard with TVG.
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