While Emma-Jayne Wilson failed to become the first female jockey to win the Prince of Wales Stakes, the Toronto-based riding star posted two wins and a second in her other three rides at the Fort Erie Race Track Sunday.
Her richer win came aboard odds-on favorite Marco Be Good ($2.70), a 1 1/2 -length winner of the $50,000 Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial Stakes. But her more exciting win was on Montana Rose ($10.10), a 4-1 shot in a claiming race with a $12,600 purse.
Montana Rose broke slowly and was far back before Wilson moved the 3-year-old filly up the inside and then wore down the two leaders in the stretch of the fifth race.
What was the first woman to ride a Queen's Plate winner doing on a cheap ($9,000 price tag) claiming horse on Fort Erie's biggest day?
"It's always good to get a couple of trips in. I'm always willing to work hard," she said. "I know that filly from Woodbine and [trainer] Tommy O'Keefe's done me well and he asked me if I'd ride her and I said 'sure.' "
Wilson didn't come from so far back in her stakes win. Marco Be Good followed frontrunners Golden Ice (Marty Marcieca) and Lookofaneagle (Chris Griffith) before Wilson pulled the trigger and drew off to an easy win. The time (57 seconds) was just one-fifth slower than the track record for 5 furlongs on the grass. Wilson finished second riding Flashy Pink in the $50,000 Ernie Samuel Memorial Stakes.
Jockey Chad Beckon and trainer Mike Mattine also were two-race winners. They combined on third-race winner Antarctic ($8.50) while Griffith rode Mattine's Daiquiri ($38.50) to a surprise victory in the ninth. Beckon won on leading trainer Mark Fournier's Pretty Sunrise ($7.10).