09/10/2016 5:04PM

Just Be Kind catches Let It Ride Mom in Ontario Debutante

Michael Burns
Just Be Kind, left, edges Let It Ride Mom in the Ontario Debutante Stakes on Saturday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Just Be Kind caught the favored Let It Ride Mom in the final strides to post a 6-1 upset in Saturday’s $128,500 Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine.

Just Be Kind stalked the leaders on the outside on the backstretch in the six-furlong sprint, and then loomed four wide on the turn behind Let It Ride Mom and the hard-ridden second choice, Ghostly Presence. Let It Ride Mom assumed command early in the stretch, but Just Be Kind kicked in strongly and mowed her down to prevail by a neck, in a time of 1:10.21.

Happy Is Lucky closed belatedly to finish a distant third. Historical Tablet edged out a fading Ghostly Presence for fourth in the six-horse field of 2-year-old fillies.

Jim McAleney got a leg up from trainer Reade Baker on Just Be Kind, who won her debut in a five-furlong maiden special from off the pace.

“She was a little sharper today, which was expected for a second-time starter,” McAleney said. “She’s really unique. She’s so professional. In her works, she takes care of herself, and yet, she shows up here in the afternoon a consummate pro. In the turn, I was able to give her a bit of a breather, which was necessary to do if I wanted to win the race. I had confidence and faith in this filly. When I called on her at the head of the stretch, I just loved the response I got.”
Just Be Kind banked $75,000 for the partnership of Jus Luk Stables, Rich Mah and the Reade Baker Racing Stable.