Art of Almost Hunts for First Stakes Win

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By Emily Shields

The double feature at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday includes the $125,000 Trillium Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic main track.

#3 Art of Almost (5-2) is seeking her first stakes win after being graded stakes placed twice in 2019. Roger Attfield trains the four-year-old daughter of Dansili, who was a winner under Emma Jayne Wilson here June 21 on the grass. This is on the main track, where she does have a pair of wins, and Wilson is back aboard. Art of Almost has never been worse than third on this course.

Drawn alongside is #3 Theodora B. The daughter of Ghostzapper is trained by Micahel Dickinson, and was a winner on the grass at Laurel Park June 26. She has been stakes placed on this track before in last year’s Maple Leaf (G3), and missed by just a neck in the Forever Together at Aqueduct in November. The Laurel win was her first race in seven months. Patrick Husbands will ride.

#7 Another Time (2-1) has been cross-entered in the grass Royal North later on the card. If she goes here, she is a major threat. Rider Jerome Lermyte won this race last year, and seeks to do a double on this daughter of Munnings. She was an allowance winner here over 7 ½ furlongs two starst back, then missed by a neck in the Grade 2 Nassau. Barbara Minshall trains.

#6 Painting (6-1) rounds out the top contenders. The royally-bred daughter of Distorted Humor and the A.P. Indy mare Handpainted came back off a seven month layoff to run second, beaten just a length, in the Whimsical here over six furlongs last out. Josie Carroll trains the four-year-old, who will be stretching out for the first time. She has won on this track twice and is Grade 2 placed, and should appreciate the step up in trip as the dam Handpainted has already produced three route winners.

Souper Escape, Amalfi Coast, Nantucket Red, and Wings of Dawn round out the entire field of eight. The Trillium goes as the eighth race on a 10-race program. Watch and wager on Woodbine every day with TVG.

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