Ami’s Mesa Steps Up For Ontario Matron Victory

Ivan Dalos' homebred Ami's Mesa showed a big turn of foot to take Saturday's G3 Ontario Matron Stakes at Woodbine, rallying the length of the stretch to catch runaway leader Ice Festival and beating that rival to the wire by three-quarters of a length. The 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, ridden by Luis Contreras, earned her first graded stakes victory by covering 1 1/16 miles over the fast Tapeta in 1:43.44 for trainer Josie Carroll.

It's been a good weekend for Contreras thus far, who spend Friday at Saratoga and came home with a win in the G3 Schuylerville Stakes aboard Dream It Is. On Saturday's card, the veteran jockey had already won the fourth and sixth races, making the win with Ami's Mesa a hat trick on the day.

Ami's Mesa broke with the field of eight other fillies and mares, showing moderate early pace to maintain good position just over a length off the leaders into the first turn. Rattataptap demanded the lead entering the backstretch after battling with Galina Point for the first two furlongs, and Ice Festival took up the rail position immediately next to Ami's Mesa. Through fractions of :24.98 and :49.74, Rattataptap drew out her lead to a full length, but nearing the half-mile pole was pressured by Ice Festival moving into second.

Contreras waited a bit longer to make his move aboard Ami's Mesa, and the delay allowed Ice Festival to take a one-length lead at the top of the stretch. She quickly widened that advantage to nearly five lengths, but a big-striding Ami's Mesa had not yet made her run. Contreras found clear room on the outside for his filly, then gunned her at the leader, swallowing up her lead and reaching the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Ami's Mesa was declared the winner with Ice Festival relegated to second, and Midnight Crossing and Meadow Rose dead-heated for third.

Bred in Ontario by her owner, Ami's Mesa is out of the stakes-winning Victory Gallop mare Victorious Ami. She won her first two starts as a juvenile, including a listed stakes, but struggled during her sophomore season after a 10-month layoff. Now with two wins from two starts in 2017, Ami's Mesa boasts a record of four wins from seven starts, with earnings of over $230,000.

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