Jumpin Junie Graduates in $250K Princess Elizabeth

October 17, 2022

TORONTO— Sea Glass Stables, LLC’s Jumpin Junie elevated her status from maiden to stakes winner with a triumphant upset in the $250K Princess Elizabeth Stakes for juvenile Canadian-foaled fillies at Woodbine Sunday.

Under leading jockey Kazushi Kimura, Jumpin Junie left the gate from post position nine and was quickly into stride, crossing over to the rail to race in second as 11-1 shot Friends for Life led the way into the first turn. After splits of 24.27 and 48.59, Jumpin Junie began to gain on the leader, Souper Sinclair running with her.

Jumpin Junie maintained the lead through six furlongs in 1:12.66 but soon had to dig in as a cavalry charge swooped down on her in the stretch. Me and My Shadow and Fortyfiveseventy tried desperately to steal the lead but Jumpin Junie was too game, holding on to win by one and a quarter lengths.

The final time for the 76th running of the Princess Elizabeth was 1:43.61. The mile went in 1:37.33.

Favored Me and My Shadow and Emma-Jayne Wilson held onto second by a nose over Fortyfiveseventy and Patrick Husbands. Behind them came Wickenheiser, Courtly Ro, Flysofreeashleeb, Bijou Baby, Souper Sinclair, Meritamen, and Friends for Life. Keveh Nicholls, aboard Souper Sinclair, lodged an objection against Fortyfiveseventy alleging interference in the stretch, but no action was taken.

Victorious Jumpin Junie returned $29.70, $10.40, and $6.30. Me and My Shadow returned $3.40 and $2.90 for her second place effort, while Fortyfiveseventy paid $8.50 for show.

Conditioned by Champion trainer Daniel Vella, Jumpin Junie was making her third-lifetime start when taking on stakes foes in the Princess Elizabeth. The Ontario-bred daughter of Midnight Lute had been second in her previous start, a maiden special weight in which she lost by a mere nose. On debut she didn’t show much but gained experience, finishing fifth after passing tiring runners.

Jumpin Junie was bred by Karen E. Carroll and purchased for $30,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale by Ray and Debbie Burke of Sea Glass Stables. She is the winningest progeny of her dam, Another Flashback (by Curlin), earning $125,951 thus far in her career.

By Amber Joyce, Editor

Photo: Jumpin Junie wins the $250K Princess Elizabeth, breaking her maiden (Michael Burns)

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