05/05/2012 5:27PM

Woodbine: Beeker Street runs to odds in Queenston

Michael Burns
Beeker Street, under Patrick Husbands, holds off Making Amends to win the Queenston Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Beeker Street got hammered late in the wagering and then justified that backing with a front-running score in the $150,000 Queenston Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine.

Beeker Street set a sleepy pace on the outside in the seven-furlong event, while being pressed by Run in Aruba and Menlo Castle. He opened up a daylight lead in the stretch and then held off the wide-closing Making Amends to win by a head in 1:23.23. Chicago shipper Fastestwhogetspaid checked in third in the eight-horse field of Ontario-bred 3-year-olds.

Fresh off his first-out maiden victory, Beeker Street collected $90,000 for Donver Stable and trainer Josie Carroll.  He paid $3.50.
Patrick Husbands, who had been riding Making Amends, opted to stay with Beeker Street in the Queenston, which is a prep for the June 24 Queen’s Plate.

“He broke sharp, but within two or four strides, he relaxed,” Husbands said. “He fought coming home, to win the race. He ran a big race.”