07/29/2017 5:42PM

Jennifer Lynnette catches Kasuga at wire in Royal North

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Michael Burns
Jennifer Lynnette paid $18.40 in winning the Royal North at Woodbine on Saturday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Jennifer Lynnette ($18.40) caught the sharp pacesetter Kasuga on the wire to notch her first stakes win in the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine on Saturday.

Kasuga, fresh off a course-record performance over the six-furlong distance of the Royal North, set lively fractions of 22.57 and 44.85. Jennifer Lynnette raced about six lengths off the lead on the turn, and then began a wide rally entering the stretch en route to a head score in a hand-timed 1:08.17. 

Nobody’s Fault finished five lengths behind in third, while the 3-1 favorite, Skylander Girl, checked in seventh in the eight-horse field of fillies and mares.

Patrick Husbands rode Jennifer Lynnette for trainer Mark Casse.

“Looking at this race, I thought it was pretty tough, in terms of my horse,” Husbands said. “I just (decided to) wait, and give her one run. I let the speed go, and she got to the outside and wore (Kasuga) down. ” 

A daughter of Elusive Quality, Jennifer Lynnette earned $90,000 of the $140,500 purse for Conrad Farm.