Strega and jockey Kazushi Kimura winning the Ashbridges Bay Stakes on November 18, 2022 at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo)
By Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications
TORONTO, Ont. – Strega goes for her second straight stakes score in Saturday’s $100,000 La Prevoyante, the feature race on Woodbine’s 13-race card.
The daughter of Silent Name (JPN), trained by Kevin Attard for Lani Bloodstock LLC, arrives at the 1 1/16-mile main track race for Ontario-sired fillies, 3-year-olds and up, off an impressive victory in the Ashbridges Bay on November 18 at Woodbine.
Put on the front end by leading rider Kazushi Kimura at the outset of the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta event, Strega held a head advantage at the stretch call, and was under pressure from Totally in Charge, before going on to secure a three-quarter length win in 1:45.46.
“We were really happy with her last effort,” said Attard. “She really dug in down the lane and was able to draw away at the end.”
Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC, Strega sports a mark of 2-1-1 from six starts on the season, the other victory coming in her 3-year-old debut on May 27 at the Toronto oval.
The bay lost a heartbreaker in the Bison City Stakes, second jewel in the Canadian Triple Tiara, finishing second by a neck to Sister Seagull in the 1 1/16-mile race on August 14.
After a fifth in the Wonder Where Stakes, final jewel in the Triple Tiara, Strega finished fourth in another 1 1/16-mile race on October 15.
“She’s had a solid year and just missed in the Bison City, which was another really strong performance on her part,” said Attard. “Just a nice, honest filly who is always up for the challenge.”
Fashioning a mark of 3-3-2 from 12 lifetime starts, Strega worked 4 furlongs in :49.00 over the Woodbine Tapeta on December 3.
“Hopefully, she can end her season on a winning note,” said Attard.
Her rivals include multiple stakes winners Il Malocchio, Lorena, and Golden Vision.
Bred in Canada by Jean-Louis Levesque, La Prevoyante was a champion in her home country as well as the United States. Undefeated in 12 starts as a juvenile in 1972, La Prevoyante won the Eclipse Award for Champion 2-Year-Old Filly, as well as the corresponding Sovereign Award that year, and was also honoured as Canadian Horse of the Year.
La Prevoyante’s career record of 25-5-3 from 39 starts and earnings of $572,417 led her to be inducted as part of the inaugural Canadian Hall of Fame class in 1976. She was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1995.
First post for Saturday’s card is 12:55 p.m. Fans can watch and wager on all the action through HPIbet.com and the Dark Horse Bets app.
FIELD FOR THE LA PREVOYANTE
Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – November Fog – Jose Campos – Sarah Ritchie
2 – Strega – Jason Hoyte – Kevin Attard
3 – Lady Moonshine – Eswan Flores – Mark Casse
4 – Golden Vision – Rafael Hernandez – Tino Attard
5 – Silent Causeway – Patrick Husbands – Laura Krasauskaite
6 – Il Malocchio – Sahin Civaci – Martin Drexler
7 – Talk to Ya Later – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Ian Black
8 – Swinging Mandy – Daisuke Fukumoto – Mark Casse
9 – Lorena – Gary Boulanger – Stuart Simon