Once more, Woodbine Entertainment is celebrating International Women’s Day in a special way, as the company hosted a race that featured all women drivers. This special event took place on Monday evening, March 7, 2022, with Mach My Kiss with driver Natasha Day taking home the top prize in the exciting race consisting of nine older pacing mares.
In addition to the all-female drivers, Woodbine Entertainment has also provided an all-female crew for its simulcast and race-calling coverage. The race was the third for the night, and it had a main prize of CA$18,000 just for the occasion the prominent host/racing analyst Dawn Lupul made her return as a track announcer for the whole card on Monday.
Third Race on the Card
Elm Grove Mistress and Anita Ouellette had a tremendous start off the gate from post eight and recorded an opening fraction of :28.2, while Ms. Day at the reigns of Mach My Kiss took over the second place. She and the Rob Fellows trainee were not happy with the early pocket position and hit the ground running marking a half-mile time of :58.4, closely challenged by Elm Grove Mistress.
Once Ms. Day settled into the first place, she and the mare have found their rhythm, this has led to a challenge by Blink And Gone, trained by Richard Moreau, thus coming only a head behind the leader, as they recorded 1:28.1 in the third quarter. However, despite the late challenge, Mach My Kiss managed to pull away and opened up a five-length lead to win with a time of 1:58.
Blink And Gone remained at the second spot, while Stargazing Cruiser with driver Marie-Claude Auger put up a late shift to claim the third place. Fern Hill Bella and Kayla Chappell got to fourth, while Elm Grove Mistress got fifth in the special race. In addition to that, for the occasion, Monique Vág and Kelly Spencer hosted Woodbine Racing Live, where they welcomed several special guests.
The company’s International Women’s Day coverage also featured a video feature on Ms. Day and a pre-race feature article on driver Marielle Enberg. The video on the driver can be found on the track’s official Twitter page, and the article on Ms. Enberg is on its official website. Live racing at the Milton oval resumes on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
2022 Standardbred Season
In January this year, the horse racing leader of Ontario has also announced its 2022 Standardbred live racing season for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Once more this season promises plenty of excitement with over CA$21 million in stakes events, such as the US$6.7 million Breeders Crown, as well as the return of the Pepsi North America Cup for its 39th running.
In addition to that, the company will be also hosting its Mohawk Million will be hosted on Saturday, September 24, 2022, which as the name suggests comes with a CA$1 million purse. The company has also announced that all nine slots are now sold for the two-year-old trotters event, with the final slot being reserved for the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, on August 27, 2022.
Source: “Mach My Kiss and Natasha Day win International Women’s Day Race”, Woodbine Entertainment, March 7, 2022