Baby No Worries Tries Woodbine Turf in G2 Royal North

May 31, 2023

Baby No Worries starts her 2023 with an allowance win at Turfway Park (Coady Photography)

By Chris Lomon – Woodbine Communications

TORONTO— Baby No Worries will make her second straight start at Woodbine when the 4-year-old takes on 10 filly and mare rivals in Saturday’s $175,000 Royal North (G2T), the first turf stakes race of the 2023 season. Moira, who won a pair of 2022 Sovereign Awards, including Horse of the Year, will make her 4-year-old debut in the $150,000 Belle Mahone Stakes (G3).

A bay daughter of Mr Speaker-Pajama Bottom, trained by Tim Girten, Baby No Worries finished third in the Whimsical Stakes (G3) last time out, rallying to net the show award in the six-furlong main track race for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, on May 13.

“I was happy with it,” said Girten. “She made a good run. She got pinched at the start, but I don’t think that affected her too much because of her style of coming from off the pace. The winner (Our Flash Drive) is an impressive horse, but we’re going to chase her again.”

The Chan E Brook Stables’ miss will now test out the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course (at 6 ½ furlongs) for the first time in what will be her 16th lifetime start.

“She has developed really nicely into a very mature 4-year-old,” praised Girten. “She’s really maturing, growing up and progressing. She’s very quiet and pleasant around the barn. She keeps to herself, not a horse that demands attention. She can be protective of her stall space, that, ‘This is my house’ type of attitude. She’s got a confident presence about her.”

Bred in Kentucky by Cave Brook Farm, Baby No Worries is 3-3-4 from 15 starts, with her latest victory coming this January at Turfway Park when she came from last of 12 to post a half-length score in the six-furlong allowance race.

Purchased for $20,000 (U.S.) at the 2019 Keeneland Association November Breeding Stock Sale, Baby No Worries debuted with a pair of third-place finishes at Presque Isle in the fall of 2019.

She broke her maiden the following June, in her fifth start, also at Presque Isle. The bay made it two straight one month later at the Pennsylvania oval.

Baby No Worries finished 10th in her only grass try, a one-mile race on December 4, 2021, at Tampa Bay Downs.

“We did run her that one time on the turf as a 2-year-old. I believe she handled the surface fine. I did stretch her out that day, but this turf is very important. If she handles the turf well as well as the Tapeta, it opens up so many more options. And I think the course will suit her.”

Girten came away impressed after his first up-close look at the E.P. Taylor course.

“When I was there for the Grade 3 race, you use the walkway to get to the main track, and it looked absolutely fantastic. To see the thickness and the firmness of the turf, it looked like one of the best turf courses I’ve ever walked on. It looked beautiful.” ​

Other hopefuls include multiple graded stakes-placed Bay Storm, who will have John Velazquez in the irons for trainer Jonathan Thomas, and seven-time winner Adaay in Asia (GB), making her North American debut.


Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer

1 – Imagery – Sahin Civaci – Mark Casse

2 – Bay Storm – John Velazquez – Jonathan Thomas

3 – Demodog – Rafael Hernandez – Kevin Attard

4 – Millie Girl – Declan Carroll – Catherine Day Phillips

5 – Our Flash Drive – Patrick Husbands – Mark Casse

6 – Sweet Enough (GB) – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Roger Attfield

7 – Owen’s Tour Guide – Jose Campos – William Armata

8 – Baby No Worries – Antonio Gallardo – Tim Girten

9 – Ambassador Luna – Sahin Civaci – Mark Casse

10 – Adaay in Asia (GB) – Kazushi Kimura – Christophe Clement

11 – Forest Drift – Daisuke Fukumoto – Robert Tiller

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