Just the right Brew

RICHARD MAUNTAH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

In her decisive victory in the Woodbine Oaks, Ginger Brew showed a lot of class, and just enough muscle.

The three-year-old daughter of Milwaukee Brew justified being sent off as the 3-5 favourite with a six-length victory in the $500,000 classic. Along the way, she powered through openings -- although the last one she created caused a little controversy.

At the top of the stretch, Ginger Brew needed to nudge her way outside just enough to take a run at leader and eventual third-place finisher Authenticat. In doing so, she seemed to make contact with Victory Romance, who would end up second.

After the race, Victory Romance's jockey Emile Ramsammy claimed foul but there was no disqualification coming after nearly five minutes of deliberation.

"The horse was trapped in behind and couldn't wait any longer and she pushed me out of the way and got going," Ramsammy said. "I got slammed pretty hard."

Getting to that point, Ginger Brew had run near the rail throughout, laying near the back early but noticeably advancing along the backstretch. She continued that rail-run to the top of the stretch where she created just enough of an opening to have a clear run to the wire where she stopped the teletimer in 1:51.40.

"She got through a little tight hole," winning rider Javier Castellano said. "She never gave up. Even with a little hole, she got through and exploded in the end."

Ginger Brew came into the race with three wins in five career starts including a win in the Calder Oaks on turf in April. With that run going so well, trainer Brian Lynch decided to rest her instead of running her in one of the local preps.

"I would hate to have to run her in the Selene, run her in the Oaks, then have a run at the fillies' triple crown," Lynch said. "We let her have a break and now she can settle in to have an honest run at the triple tiara."

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In expressing their interest in having Ginger Brew run in the Bison City Stakes and Wonder Where Stakes, the two other legs of the Canadian Triple Tiara, they effectively put to rest any speculation she might join stablemates Jungle Brew and Harlem Rocker in the Queen's Plate.

"We've got two good colts," owner Frank Stronach said. "So we'll keep her with the fillies."


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