Mighty Heart Holds Off Sir Winston To Win Autumn Stakes At Woodbine - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Mighty Heart Holds Off Sir Winston To Win Autumn Stakes At Woodbine

Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Mighty Heart to victory in the $175,000 Autumn Stakes at Woodbine. Mighty Heart covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.2 for owner Lawrence Cordes and trainer Josie Carroll.

Canada's one-eyed wonder and 2020 Horse of the Year Mighty Heart showed exactly why he has that name with a gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes at Woodbine. The 2020 Queen's Plate winner held off a late run from 2019 Belmont Stakes victor Sir Winston to take the 1 1/16-mile stakes by a half-length.

Starting from the far outside of the field of eight, jockey Patrick Husbands hustled Mighty Heart to the lead, with Primo Touch and Embolden following in second and third. Around the first turn and down the backstretch, Mighty Heart was a length to the good, running easily on the lead putting in fractions of :23.86, :47.23, and 1:11.36.

Entering the far turn, the field started to make their move, but Mighty Heart was steadfast on the lead. Sir Winston, sixth early, ran into traffic on the turn, going to the outside in the stretch to find a clear running lane. Special Forces and Halo Again were also challenging Mighty Heart in the stretch, Sir Winston driving late, but the 2020 Horse of the Year held the race safe. He was a 3/4 of a length in front of Sir Winston at the wire, with Special Forces third and Halo Again fourth. Primo Touch, Embolden, and Faraway Kitten rounded out the field.

The final time was 1:42.51. Find this race's chart here.

Mighty Heart paid  $9.20, $4.00, and $2.30. Sir Winston paid $2.60 and $2.10. Special Forces paid $2.20.

Bred in Ontario by his owner Larry Cordes, Mighty Heart is a 4-year-old colt by Dramedy out of the City Place mare Emma's Bullseye. He is trained by Josie Carroll. With his win in the G2 Autumn, Mighty Heart has three wins in seven starts in 2021, for a lifetime record of six wins in 15 starts and career earnings of $1,059,290.

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