09/15/2013 2:39PM

Woodbine: Minakshi wins Canadian Stakes over stablemate Colonial Flag

Michael Burns
Minakshi and jockey Luis Contreras (left, blue cap) win the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes by a half-length Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – American trainer Michael Matz dominated the Canadian Stakes here Sunday, as his Minakshi and Colonial Flag finished first and second in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

The Canadian, a Grade 2 race worth $306,400, also was a Win and You’re In event for the first time this year, offering a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf to the winner. Minakshi would receive the $40,000 entry fee and the $10,000 travel allowance but is not Breeders’ Cup-eligible and would have to be supplemented at a cost of $200,000.

Luis Contreras picked up the mount on Minakshi, who had shipped in from Fair Hill, Md., for the Canadian.

“I got a nice trip from the beginning,” said Contreras, who had let Minakshi settle off the contested pace of La Tia and Ladys First before guiding her out for a clear run that carried her to a half-length victory. “The filly relaxed nicely for me.”

Colonial Flag, rallying from last in the field of nine, finished 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Moment of Majesty, with La Tia holding on for fourth money.
Ladys First, No Explaining, Pure Blue Sky, 2-1 favorite Solid Appeal, and Meri Shika completed the order of finish.

Minakshi, who was timed in 1:44.05 over the firm course, returned $16.20 and combined with 9-1 Colonial Flag for a $113.60 exacta. The trifecta returned $1,944.70, and the $1 superfecta was worth $4,093.00.