05/20/2013 4:32PM

Woodbine: Paso Doble wins New Providence Stakes

Michael Burns
Paso Doble, with Eurico Da Silva aboard, wins the New Providence Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The favored Paso Doble delivered a strong performance in the $125,000 New Providence Stakes for the third straight year Monday at Woodbine, winning the six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired stock by 1 1/4 lengths.

Paso Doble stalked an honest pace along the inside and then mowed down the front-running Royal Egbert early in the stretch before drawing clear and finishing in 1:09.81. Sorry About That rallied wide to finish second over another longshot, Executive Five.

Eurico Da Silva inherited the mount on the Mark Casse-trained Paso Doble from Patrick Husbands, who injured his leg earlier on the card.

“I rode this horse a long time ago,” Da Silva said. “He’s much different now. He’s very mature and very professional. He broke very sharp, and I just tried to follow Mark’s instructions. I left him alone, and he relaxed very well for me. In the turn, I had a lot of horse, and he ran very good.”

Paso Doble ($5.50) captured the 2011 New Providence and was second in the race last year for owner Centennial Farms (Niagara) Inc.