05/21/2012 5:14PM

Woodbine: Gypsy Ring wins stretch battle with Paso Doble in New Providence

Michael Burns
Gypsy Ring, under Justin Stein, prevails by three-quarters of a length in the New Providence.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — The favored Gypsy Ring outdueled second choice Paso Doble to win the $125,000 New Providence Stakes on holiday Monday at Woodbine.

Gypsy Ring and Paso Doble stalked a trio of front-runners in the six-furlong sprint for Ontario-sired stock.

Gypsy Ring found room on the outside at the quarter pole, while Paso Doble had clear sailing along the rail. They proceeded to battle through the stretch, with Gypsy Ring prevailing by three-quarters of a length, in 1:10.72. Executive Five wound up third in the five-horse field.

“He’s a really awesome horse,” said Justin Stein, who rode Gypsy Ring. “He’s got a tremendous amount of talent. He just gives me tons of confidence. When I come out here to ride him, I have a lot of fun. He always gives me his best.”

Gypsy Ring ($4) collected $75,000 for owner/trainer/breeder Paul Buttigieg., who, as usual, was not in attendance.