07/09/2011 4:19PM

Woodbine: Bingo wins maiden in Ontario Damsel Stakes

Michael Burns
Bingo, with Luis Contreras up, wins Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Mark Casse-trained Roxy Gap was heavily favored in Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes at Woodbine, but it was one of Casse’s two supplements to the race, Bingo, who stole the show in the one-mile turf event.

Bingo, a maiden ridden by Luis Contreras, went right to the front and set a moderate pace en route to a two-length tally in a time of 1:34.86. Roxy Gap, the 124-pound highweight, finished second, and Isabella Bay checked in third in the seven-horse field of Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Bingo ($13.60) earned $90,000 for Quintessential Racing Florida LLC. Casse said the addition of blinkers helped to turn her around.

“She’s been an underachiever,” Casse said. “We put blinkers on her recently, and it seemed to make a difference. She really trained well the last week or two, and I thought she would run well, but I didn’t think she would beat Roxy Gap.”