Bridgmohan claims Algoma with late drive
Jermaine Bridgmohan gave trainer Robert Tiller his first win in the US$125,000 Algoma Stakes when he partnered with 5-2 chance Sweater Weather to edge favourite Galina Point in a stretch duel here Wednesday.
In one of the undercard contests on the eight-race card at Woodbine, the 27-year-old Jamaican combined with the five-year-old bay mare to turn back Galina Point and the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by three-quarter lengths, to win the event over a mile and sixteenth in one minute, 45.13 seconds.
The win was Sweater Weather's fifth win in 18 starts and Tiller praised her quality, especially after losing by a nose in her last outing here two weeks ago going a mile and eighth.
"She can run all day and she's from a wonderful old sire, Milwaukee Brew. She's got a lot of heart," Tiller said.
"She was very unlucky her last start. She came into the paddock like a wild woman and I was a little concerned, but she had lots of energy left. We were blessed to win tonight."
Longshot Garafraxa - at odds of 53-1 - posted the early fractions, laying down 25.62 seconds for the opening quarter and 49.71 for the half-mile.
Obeah Woman tracked from second with Galina Point - ridden by Barbadian Patrick Husbands - sitting off the pace and Sweater Weather back in fourth.
At the top of the stretch, Husbands moved Galina Point into the lead with Obeah Woman battling on the inside but with Sweater Weather coming to challenge on the outside.
Galina Point held sway mid-stretch but was no match for Sweater Weather in the final yards as she swept by to win handsomely.