TORONTO (AP) — Irish Mission came on down the stretch to win the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on Sunday.
Irish Mission, a 9-1 pick with Alex Solis aboard, finished the 1 1-8-mile event in 1:50.50 on Woodbine’s polytrack to earn the $300,000 winner’s share.
Northern Passion was second, with Awesome Fire taking third in the nine-horse field.
The Oaks is the opening leg of the filly Triple Tiara, which also consists of the $250,000 Bison City Stakes on July 1 and the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes on July.
Only Sealy Hill in 2007 has captured the Triple Tiara.
Earlier, River Rush, a 21-1 long shot, found the winner’s circle for the first time in three career starts, emphatically capturing the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes for Canadian-foaled 3-year-olds hoping to compete in the $1-million Queen’s Plate, slated for June 24 at Woodbine.