09/01/2016 7:59AM

Melmich repeats in Elgin on Canadian Millions Night

Michael Burns
Melmich, ridden by Eurico Da Silva, holds off Freitag to win the Elgin Stakes, one of six stakes on Canadian Millions Night.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The mighty Melmich ($3.10) captured the $125,000 Elgin Stakes for the second year in a row on Wednesday night at Woodbine.

The Elgin, for 3-year-olds and up, was one of six yearling sales stakes on Canadian Millions Night, which is prelude to Thursday’s Canadian premier yearling sale at Woodbine.

With Eurico Da Silva riding for trainer Kevin Attard, Melmich pressed a slow pace set by Kingsport in the 1 1/16-mile Elgin, which had a field of only three after two scratches. He took control in the stretch and held off Freitag to win by a half-length in 1:44.43.

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Strut N Stomp, under Rafael Hernandez, registered a 9-1 upset in his second start off the $40,000 claim by trainer Don MacRae in the lone turf stakes of the evening, the $125,000 Halton. He collared pacemaker Eminent Force late to score by a head in the one-mile route, which was run in 1:36.29. Hampstead Heath nosed out a troubled Aldous Snow for third, while the favored Dynamic Sky was a wide sixth in the seven-horse race for 3-year-olds and up.

Jacks Escarpment, trained by Nick Gonzalez, used a stalking trip on the outside to notch his first stakes win in the $125,400 Kenora, giving Hernandez his second winner on the card. The favored River Maid closed steadily to finish three-quarters of a length back in second in the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. Last year’s Kenora winner, Rexton, held on for third after setting an honest pace. Jacks Escarpment paid $7.50 and covered the distance in 1:09.97.

The 12-1 Spring Tempest rallied on the far outside from mid-pack to graduate in style in the $202,000 Muskoka for 2-year-old fillies , beating 14-1 outsider Green Freedom by three-quarters of a length. Patrick Husbands got a leg up from trainer Steve Owens on Spring Tempest, who ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.10 and paid $27.30.

The John Ross-trained Lokinforpursemonee overcame traffic problems to land his second consecutive stakes  in the $200,000 Simcoe for 2-year-olds. Under Gary Boulanger, Lokinforpursemonee outran a game Pachi Cruze in the final sixteenth to prevail by a neck in 1:18.79 for the 6 1/2 furlongs. He paid $2.80.

Lokinforpursemonee won the Victoria here in his previous start.

“He’s been just a dynamite little horse,” said Ross. “He trains well in the morning. You can take him from behind, and he goes through tight situations. That’s what a classy horse does. We’re thrilled to death to have him in the barn.”

Sweater Weather came wide from fourth to overhaul the favored Galina Point in deep stretch and win the $125,000 Algoma Stakes for fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length. Sweater Weather stopped the clock in 1:45.13 in the 1 1/16-mile race. Ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan and trained by Bob Tiller, Sweater Weather returned $7.90.