07/01/2017 4:15PM

Financial Recovery rallies to win Ontario Damsel

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Emily Shields
Financial Recovery, ridden by David Moran, wins the Ontario Damsel by half a length.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Financial Recovery ($12.50) went from worst to first to notch her first stakes win in Saturday’s $125,000 Ontario Damsel, for Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

Listenlindalisten led the way in the one-mile turf route and was tracked by Silver Princess, Green Justice and the favored Ellan Vannin.

Financial Recovery bided her time while saving ground on the backstretch and then began to mount a rally early in the stretch. She was angled wide in midstretch by David Moran and then caught Greek Princess and Listenlindalisten in the final strides to prevail by a half-length over Greek Princess. Ellan Vannin weakened to fourth after lacking room inside the quarter pole.

Over “good” ground, the final time was 1:36.48.

A daughter of Street Cry, Financial Recovery earned $75,000 for the partnership of Anderson Farm Ontario Inc. and Narola LLC.

“I was quite concerned until about the three-eighths pole,” said winning trainer Catherine Day Phillips. “She wasn’t on the bridle, and David was niggling at her. Then, turning for home, she got to business.” 

• Skylander Girl ($15.50) drew clear late after an outside stalking trip to take Saturday’s $100,800 Zadracarta, an overnight stakes for fillies and mares.

Jennifer Lynnette came between rivals in the stretch to edge out Niigon’s Eclipse for second, as Shake Down Baby rallied wide for fourth. Southern Ring, the favored pacesetter, faded to seventh in the final furlong.

Rafael Hernandez rode Skylander Girl, a daughter of Stroll, who earned $60,000 for owner and trainer Alex Patykewich.

“We got a good position,” said Hernandez. “We just sat off the pace, and everything worked [out] good.”