07/05/2015 4:09PM

Aldous Snow successfully defends Singspiel title

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Michael Burns
Aldous Snow wins the Singspiel Stakes by a head Sunday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Aldous Snow ($12.60) held off Dynamic Sky in the final strides to capture the Grade 3, $174,600 Singspiel Stakes for the second year in a row by a head under jockey Eurico Da Silva.

Turkish and Money Talker took the field through slow opening splits of 25.91 seconds for the opening quarter and 52.18 for the opening half-mile before Java’s War made a last-to-first move on the backstretch and led the field into the far turn.

Aldous Snow, meanwhile, was patiently handled by Da Silva along the inside while tracking the leaders and made a three-wide move for the front through the turn. He struck the lead at the quarter pole and held sway for the length of the stretch run, holding off Dynamic Sky, who had to wait for room at the top of the stretch. Hyper was 2 1/2 lengths back in third.

“He was very game,” Da Silva said. “He’s a very easy horse to relax, and he’ll go anywhere you want. He was in great shape, and when I asked him, he really responded. He fought very hard in the stretch, and it was a very, very beautiful race.”

Aldous Snow banked the $108,000 winner’s share to capture his second consecutive Singspiel Stakes title and second career graded stakes score for trainer Malcolm Pierce and owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm.

“I think he came into this race better than he’s come into any race in his life,” Pierce said. “We had confidence, and I’m glad no rain came and he got the turf he likes, firm turf.”