07/29/2012 3:09PM

Woodbine: Roxy Gap wins stretch duel in Royal North Stakes

Michael Burns
Roxy Gap holds off Atlantic Hurricane to win the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – A pair of 2-1 shots, Roxy Gap and Atlantic Hurricane, staged an exciting stretch duel in Sunday’s $187,000 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine, with Roxy Gap coming out on top in the Grade 3 turf sprint for fillies and mares.

Roxy Gap made the lead at the head of the stretch in the six-furlong dash and then dug in gamely to prevail by a half-length in 1:09.18. Jenny’s So Great, who won this race last year, finished 2 1/4 lengths behind favored Atlantic Hurricane in third in a field reduced to six with the scratch of Honey Chile.

Patrick Husbands rode Roxy Gap for trainer Mark Casse, a combination that won two stakes here  Saturday.

“I didn’t want anybody to get the first run on me turning for home,” Husbands said. “She battled the whole way down the lane.”

Roxy Gap ($6.20) banked $120,000 in her third stakes score this year for Melnyk Racing Stable.