Updated on 09/17/2011 3:14PM

A Bit O'Gold takes Breeders' Stakes

Michael Burns
A Bit O'Gold crosses the wire 1 3/4 lengths in front of Burst of Fire in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Woodbine on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A Bit O'Gold mowed down 18-1 shot Burst of Fire in the stretch en route to a decisive score in the $500,000 , the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine Sunday.

A Bit O'Gold's victory in the mile and a half turf event for 3-year-olds gave him two-thirds of the Triple Crown. He finished second as the favorite in the Queen's Plate, and he defeated Plate winner Niigon in the second race of the series, the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.

A Bit O'Gold, Silver Ticket and His Smoothness stalked front-running Burst of Fire through moderate fractions of :24.61, :48.95 and 1:14.16 seconds in the Breeders'. A Bit O'Gold took dead aim at Burst of Fire at the head of the stretch, and hit the front nearing the eighth pole before edging away to prevail by a length and three quarters.

Silver Ticket, the 3-2 favorite in the 11-horse field of Canadian-breds, finished three lengths behind the winner in third, and Lord Carmen ended up fourth. The final time was 2:27.15 seconds.

It was the first grass start for A Bit O'Gold, who worked an easy five-eighths over the main turf course on Monday under regular rider Jono Jones.

"When I worked him the other day, he came down the lane really comfortably," Jones said. "Once we leveled up (for the stretch run), I knew they'd have to come running to beat him."

Catherine Day Phillips, who became the first female trainer to win the Breeders', said A Bit O'Gold blew a shoe in the paddock before the race.

"The paddock blacksmith put the shoe back on, and everything was fine," Day Phillips said. "He broke well, got into a good position, and relaxed nicely. Going into the far turn, I looked at Jono's reins, and I realized that he had a lot of horse left. When he asked him, he responded beautifully."

A Bit O'Gold returned $6.90 as the second choice, and headed an exactor worth $81.20. He earned $300,000 for The Two Bit Racing Stable, which boosted his bankroll to $1,163,199.

* Surging River ($4.80) established a course record for about a mile and an eighth in Sunday's $104,000 With Approval Handicap.

Surging River prevailed by a length under Todd Kabel, in a final time of 1:42.87 seconds. The previous record of 1:43.76 was set by Diadella in 2001.

* Bosskiri ($3.50) captured Sunday's other supporting feature by five and a quarter lengths, the $131,750 Nandi Stakes, for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Bosskiri, now unbeaten in two starts, ran six furlongs in 1:11.77 seconds, with Jim McAleney aboard.