07/02/2017 7:00PM

Dance Smartly: Rainha Da Bateria, Starship Jubilee in dead heat

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Emily Shields
Rainha Da Bateria and Starship Jubilee finish in a dead heat in the Dance Smartly Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Rainha Da Bateria ($4.00) and Starship Jubilee ($5.90) combined to dead-heat Sunday's Grade 2, $175,700 Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine.

Starship Jubilee and jockey Eurico Da Silva tracked the pacesetter Belle de Nuit in the early portions of the Dance Smartly over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Woodbine; Rainha Da Bateria was fifth in a strung-out field.

Starship Jubilee struck the front at the top of the stretch, but Rainha Da Bateria continued to gain ground under jockey Javier Castellano, and the two struck the wire together in 2:02.09. Involuntary finished third, while the favored Suffused settled for fourth.

Starship Jubilee recorded her fifth consecutive win, and second straight graded stakes score, after she won the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes here over a mile in her most recent start May 27 for trainer Kevin Attard. She was claimed for $16,000 this past winter at Gulfstream Park.

“In the beginning, she was a little rank,” said Da Silva, who won the Grade 3 Singspiel with Aldous Snow prior to the Dance Smartly. “Then she relaxed and came off the bridle. When I turned for home, I think I moved a little bit early because I had so much horse. I said ‘I’m going to try my luck here.’ I’m happy for the connections.”

Castellano also won his second graded stakes of the day aboard Rainha Da Bateria after winning the Highlander earlier in the card on Green Mask. Rainha Da Bateria is now 2 for 3 in her career in graded stakes on the turf at Woodbine; she won the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes last year. She was also third in the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes for trainer Chad Brown.

Starship Jubilee and Rainha Da Bateria both banked $70,000 for the victory.

Yorkton takes the Charlie Barley

In the final stakes of the day, Yorkton ($9.10) came from off of the pace to win the $119,000 Charlie Barley Stakes over a mile on turf by a neck over Conquest Lemonraid. It was Yorkton’s second consecutive stakes victory after he won the Queenston Stakes in gate-to-wire fashion by 3 1/2 lengths in his most recent start May 13.

Da Silva piloted Yorkton to victory in a time of 1:35.55 for a mile on the turf. It was a solid day for Da Silva, who recorded three stakes wins and finished second in the Queen’s Plate on Tiz a Slam.

Yorkton banked the $72,000 winner’s share to bring his career earnings to $207,841 for trainer Stu Simon and owner-breeder Chiefswood Stable.