08/21/2010 4:50PM

Jacally leads throughout in Eternal Search at Woodbine

Michael Burns
Jaclly (inside) holds on to win the Eternal Search at Woodbine Saturday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jacally assumed command shortly after the start and led virtually throughout en route to capturing Saturday’s $126,200 Eternal Search for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies here at Woodbine on Saturday.

The 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search was far from uneventful, however, as Venus Bay had rallied from last place in the field of eight and loomed a solid threat to the front-runner before going very wide coming into the stretch.

That left Dancing Raven, under last-minute replacement Justin Stein, as the sole remaining danger and although she finished resolutely Jacally prevailed by a long neck.

“Since the beginning, I had pressure, but after the first eighth of a mile she relaxed,” said Eurico Rosa da Silva, who was recording his second straight stakes score aboard the Roger Attfield-trained Jacally.

“When that other horse came to her, in the stretch, she took off. She ran a brilliant race.”
Jacally, owned by Dick Bonnycastle’s Harlequin Ranches, returned $3.90 and how has earned $211,800 in a six-race career which began here this May. 7.

She also was the third winner on the card who was saddled by assistant trainer Nancy Sullivan, who was deputizing while Attfield was at Arlington Park.

Venus Bay recovered to finish third, 4 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up, with Attitude Included getting fourth money


Stein picked up the ride on Dancing Raven after Emma-Jayne Wilson was thrown to the track when her mount, Flo’s Henny, broke down and fell during the race immediately prior to the Eternal Search. Wilson made it to the on-track ambulance on her own power but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Flo’s Henny, a 2-year-old filly, had to be euthanized.