Wilson guides Ready for the Lady to Singspiel win


Photo: Michael Burns / Woodbine

Ready for the Ladyunder Emma-Jayne Wilson, roared home to take Sunday’s Grade 3, US$116,225 Singspiel Stakes run over 1 3/8 miles on Woodbine’s turf course.

Collective Force broke sharply and was late to the lead early in the Singspiel followed by even-money choice King Vega and Elusive Knight. Read for the Lady, 14-1 on the toteboard, was last of six. A 4-year-old daughter of Tiznow, Collective Force was 1 1/2 lengths on top through a quarter in 26.72 seconds.

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A headstrong King Vega was second to the outside, and Elusive Knight was a head back in third. Still on top by 1 1/2 lengths after a half-mile in 52.27 seconds, Collective Force braced for a bid by King Vega. Ready for the Lady was not quite ready to join the pacesetters, remaining in sixth.

As the field worked its way off the final turn, King Vega took over the lead but was immediately confronted by British Royalty to the outside in the early stretch. Collective Force dug in along the rail, while Wilson and Ready for the Lady still had plenty of work to do.

With the wire drawing ever closer, Ready for the Lady finally hit his best stride late, wearing down his rivals with a strong turn of foot to notch a three-quarter-length triumph at a time of 2:18.12 over good going. British Royalty was second, Collective Force third and King Vega fourth.

“He just keeps coming,” Wilson said. “I was confident that he’d suit the distance and very optimistic about the ground. It had some cut to it, but he traveled over it nicely. I had to motivate him quite early and build and build, but I’ll tell you, when we straightened, he had dead aim on them, and he was just flying. I was impressed.”

It was the first stakes win and second victory from eight starts for the Charles Fipke homebred. The 3-year-old colt arrived at the Singspiel off a maiden-breaking effort on July 23.

Fipke, who watched his Shirl’s Speight finish a troubled fourth in Saturday’s US$753,695 Woodbine Mile (G1), was elated with Sunday’s outcome. “I have to say it was a brilliant ride. She did such a wonderful job. Roger did a wonderful job of training, too.”

For Attfield, who won five straight editions of the race from 2009 to 2013, it was his ninth career Singspiel title. Focus, he noted, has been a big key in the Kentucky-bred’s turnaround.

“Actually, he was a horse that he was so studdish last year, he just didn’t have any desire,” Attfield said. “I knew there was ability there, but he wasn’t putting it out. All of a sudden he started to do better and put his mind to it a little bit more and allowed me to train him a little bit harder.

“This was kind of an interesting experiment almost, because I wasn’t going in this race, originally. I knew that a mile-and-three-eighths was probably a better race for him than the allowance race. When I heard it that it rained here, I thought that would help him too.”

Ready for the Lady paid $30.60, $11.30 and $6.10 and topped a $120.70 exacta with British Royalty, who paid $3.60 to place and $2.90 to show. The trifecta with Collective Force, who paid $4.10 to show, returned $393.90. King Vega completed a $1 superfecta worth $317.

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