Regal Conqueror Reigns Supreme in Victorian Queen
Regal Conqueror remained undefeated with an impressive front-running score to capture Saturday’s $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes, at W
Regal Conqueror remained undefeated with an impressive front-running score to capture Saturday’s $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes, at Woodbine.
Regal Conqueror, a William Sorokolit homebred trained by Darwin Banach, entered the six furlong ‘Poly’ stake for Ontario-sired juvenile fillies off a 7 1/2-length debut score under Eurico Rosa da Silva.
A chestnut daughter of Sky Conqueror-Classic Stamp, the speedy juvenile battled with Seeking a Glitter through splits of :23.08 and :46.72 in the Victorian Queen with Bear’s Pride and Sandys Hurricane stalking their early pace.
Regal Conqueror took command at the top of the lane as stakes winners Lexie Lou and On Rainbow Bridge launched their late run from the back of the pack, but Regal Conqueror, who covered five-eighths in :58.56, would not be caught finding another gear in the stretch run en route to a 2 ½-length win.
Lexie Lou won the place battle over On Rainbow Bridge. Regal Conqueror covered six furlongs in 1:10.51.
Da Silva was pleased with the mature effort from his young filly.
“She can run,” said da Silva. “The first time I rode her she gave me the feeling that she was five-years-old. She’s really professional and makes my job easy.”
Although Regal Conqueror won her debut on the engine, da Silva felt he had options as the filly made her stakes debut.
“I didn’t want to take the lead today,” said da Silva. “She got squeezed leaving the gate, but another horse outside (Seeking a Glitter) had a fair shot (at the lead) so I took a little bit back. Both my horse and his were very relaxed and when I asked her, she just knows how to run. She’s a very nice horse.”
Regal Conqueror banked $75,000 in victory, while maintaining a perfect record through two career starts.
She returned $4.50 $3.30 and $2.50, pairing with Lexie Lou ($4.80, $3.10) for a $19.90 (3-2) exactor. A 3-2-5 (On Rainbow Bridge, $2.40 to show) triactor was worth $42. Bear’s Pride completed a $1 Superfecta (3-2-5-4) worth $75.65.