TORONTO– A pair of hat tricks were completed in the $200,000 G2 King Edward with Filo Di Arianna (BRZ) leading gate to wire to win his third straight start, and Kazushi Kimura picking up his third victory of the Queen’s Plate card.
Filo Di Arianna (BRZ) broke well from post two in the one-mile race over the E.P. Taylor turf course and was sent to the early lead. At the quarter mile marker, he led by half a length over 2021 Rich Woodbine Mile winner Town Cruise.
Duelling on the lead, the pair paced the field of six through three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.12 before Kimura asked for more from the son of Drosselmeyer.
The Mark Casse trainee responded by putting away Town Cruise and extending his lead to two lengths over Haddassah, who moved up from third entering the stretch as Town Cruise faded.
Under steady handling through the lane Filo Di Arianna (BRZ) proved much the best, winning by more than two lengths in 1:34.69 over a late closing Harlan Estate.
The six-year-old now boasts a lifetime record of 7-0-0 from nine starts. It was his second straight graded stakes score, on the heels of winning the G2 Connaught Cup on July 23 at Woodbine. He paid $4.40 for the win.
Antonio Gallardo navigated Harlan Estate through a ground-saving trip from the rail position but could not match Filo Di Arianna (BRZ). The Kevin Attard trainee equaled the best stakes finish of his career, a runner-up in the 2021 Prince of Wales.
Haddassah, with Gary Boulanger in the irons, held on to finish third. The Al and Bill Ulwelling homebred now has a record of 3-0-5 from 10 career starts.
A $2 exacta paid $11.80, and a $0.20 trifecta paid $6.79.
Woodbine Press Release
Photo: Filo Di Arianna and jockey Kazushi Kimura win the King Edward Stakes (Michael Burns)