05/07/2017 5:58PM

King and His Court regains good form in Wando Stakes

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Michael Burns
King and His Court rallies under Gary Boulanger to win the Wando, a prep for the Queen's Plate.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Reigning Canadian champion male 2-year-old King and His Court made a triumphant return to Woodbine in Sunday’s $119,600 Wando Stakes, winning the Queen’s Plate prep with an eye-catching stretch run under Gary Boulanger.

Tiz a Slam, the 3-5 favorite in the six-horse field, mounted a wide bid from third to finish a length back in second, as a stalking Megagray weakened to third. Kentucky shipper Montu faded to fifth after setting slow fractions in the 1 1/16-mile route.

King and His Court ($11.70) was exiting back-to-back dull efforts in stakes in the United States. He appears to have an affinity for Tapeta, the surface where he won the Coronation Futurity and Display Stakes last fall.

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“He showed up today like his old self,” said Boulanger. “He hadn’t been running out of the gate very well, but he broke good with some intention on his mind. When I was as close as I was at the three-quarter pole, I knew we weren’t going that fast. He was kind of on the bridle, and he’s never really been that way. I was biding my time, waiting for what spot to take. When the rail opened up, I just gave him a little smidge, and he just jumped on the bridle and ran home pretty hard.”

A Court Vision gelding trained by Mark Casse, King and His Court collected $72,000 for owners Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable.