06/10/2012 4:34PM

Woodbine: Kentucky Derby also-ran Prospective takes Victoria Park

Michael Burns
Prospective, ridden by Luis Contreras, leads a one-two finish for trainer Mark Casse in the Victoria Park for 3-year-olds.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario— Prospective outran stablemate Patrioticandproud to take the $153,300 Victoria Park Stakes under Luis Contreras at Woodbine on  Sunday.

After bobbling at the break, Prospective raced in third in the four-horse field, as shipper Holiday Promise set honest fractions in the nine-furlong route for 3-year-olds. Holiday Promise retreated on the far turn, where Patrioticandproud assumed command before giving way in the final furlong to Prospective, who prevailed by 1 3/4  lengths  in 1:51.08. Courtville finished a distant third.

Moon Traveler was scratched by trainer Mark Casse, who saddled the top two finishers. Prospective was coming off a troubled 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

“I was happy with the way he ran today,” said Contreras. “I got a perfect trip. I used my horse a little coming out of the gate, and after that, he relaxed pretty good.” 

Prospective returned $2.90, and collected $94,500 for owner John Oxley.