09/14/2013 3:47PM

Woodbine: Llanarmon wins maiden in Natalma Stakes

Michael Burns
Llanarmon (right), ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, wins the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Llanarmon ($20.40) graduated in dramatic style Saturday at Woodbine in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes, in which the favored Ready to Act unseated jockey Rajiv Maragh, who appeared to escape serious injury.

Ready to Act stalked the front-running Unspurned in the one-mile turf route for 2-year-old fillies before making the lead early in the stretch. Ready to Act ducked in at the eighth pole, and a trailing horse came over the top of the fallen Maragh. Ready to Act, a New York shipper trained by Chad Brown, came back fine.

Meanwhile, Llanarmon rallied wide from seventh to prevail by three-quarters of a length over another maiden, Spanish Flower. Appreciating, the 5-2 second choice in the eight-horse field, finished a neck farther back in third, a head in front of Madly Truly.

Emma-Jayne Wilson rode Llanarmon for Harlequin Ranches and trainer Roger Attfield.

“I was really happy with my position,” Wilson said. “When I called on her, despite the activity, she [closed] really strong. She stalled, had a look at everything, regained her focus, and finished on up.”

Llanarmon earned $144,000 of the $225,600 purse and received a fees-paid trip to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita in November through the BC Win and You’re In program.

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Barry Irwin More than 1 year ago
A noteworthy training feat that deserves a great deal of credit.
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Yeah DRF, how about a little follow up on the jockey...if the horse was injured you would be all over it.
Railbird Brad More than 1 year ago
Yhey didn't move him off the track for at least 30 minutes,then transported to hospital,a former jockey at the scene monitoring the situation .Larry Attard said he looks like he broke some ribs.
mikey More than 1 year ago
The RF has not posted anything.TVG said he was moving his arms and legs.Hope he is well.As soon as he hit her right handed she bore in.Guess she never felt the whip in her maiden win.Horse was fine,.Hope the jock is o.k.
Nelinni Ramcharan Mathura More than 1 year ago
what happened to ravi in race 7 at woodbine is he ok please let us know