07/27/2013 6:34PM

Northlands: Smart Promotion solidifies credentials for Canadian Derby by winning Count Lathum


Smart Promotion remained undefeated with a convincing two-length win over For Cash in the $50,000 Count Lathum at Northlands Park on Saturday. 

Making just his third start and going around three turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-olds, Smart Promotion raced as a team and For Cash for six furlongs.  With a confident Fernando Perez aboard, Smart Promotion ($28.10) started to edge away on the stretch turn, held a two-length lead at the top of the stretch, and maintained his margin to the finish. For Cash held on well to finish in front of Deadly Truth, who rallied to finish third.  Sent off as the favorite in the six-horse field, Success Rate made a threatening move on the stretch turn before flattening out to finish fourth.

With his strong performance Smart Promotion earned his way into the Grade 3, $200,000 Canadian Derby on Aug. 17, where he will be at least the second choice behind his stablemate Broadway Empire.

Trainer Robertino Diodoro wasn’t surprised by the way Smart Promotion handled his first stakes assignment.

“He has a lot of talent and is still learning how to run,” said Diodoro. “We’re pretty excited about him before the race and obviously we were thrilled with the way he ran.”

The final time was 1:45.60 over a track that was rated fast but had a lot of moisture in it due to a rainstorm that started just before the fourth race.

Earlier on the card, Shannon Beauregard guided Canaveral Leader to a $13.70 upset over heavily favored Silkworm in the $50,000 Northern Oaks.

Canaveral Leader stalked Ten Thirty, who set fractions of 22.80 and 49.20 seconds in the one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.  Beauregard urged Canaveral Leader to the lead on the final turn. She took a 2 1/2-length lead into the stretch and never looked threatened while drawing off to win by 6 1/4 lengths over Silkworm, who rallied to finish second. Ten Thirty held on to finish third.

Trained by Ron Grieves, Canaveral Leader was coming off her first stakes win in the Three- and Four-Year-Old Filly Sales Stakes.

The final time was 1:39.80.

Leading trainer Greg Tracy and leading jockey Rico Walcott teamed up to win back-to-back 2-year-old stakes on the nine-race card. True Thought completely dominated the $50,000 Edmonton Juveniles and Holiday Babe was very game in winning the $50,000 Princess Margaret for 2-year-old fillies.

True Thought paid $4.70 for his 5 1/2-length win over Go Max in the six-furlong Juvenile. The final time was 1:12.20.

Holiday Babe held off Pay to Go Home by 2 1/4 lengths in the Princess Margaret by. She paid $2.90 as the heavy favorite in the six-furlong sprint that was reduced to four horses when five of the nine horses entered scratched.  There was no show wagering.

Holiday Babe posted a final time of 1:13.20.