October 21, 2012
The feature race on Sunday at Woodbine was the $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes Stakes for Ontario-sired older horses going 1 mile on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. A field of 11 went to post under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60's, but the eyes of the racing world were on Crushin Hard, sent off as the 11-1 fourth choice, which was revealed earlier in the day to be the final career mount for popular Canadian jockey Chantal Sutherland. The Ian Black trainee is co-owned by Sutherland's father Hugh. The even-money favorite was Pender Harbour, winner of this race last year and exiting a win in the Elgin Stakes. Pender Harbour and Crushin Hard are full brothers, both by Philanthropist out of Uproar. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Good Better Best, third in an allowance last out, and 6-1 third choice Welloiledmachine, 10th in the Overskate after winning the Halton.
Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva sent 14-1 Red Eagle to the lead immediately and he set fractions of 23.90, 47.13, and 1:11.39 over the good course while pressed by Pender Harbour and Welloiledmachine. Entering the stretch, Pender Harbour broke free from the back, quickly opening up a 2 length lead in mid-stretch. Good Better Best, last early, put in a late rally on the far outside but to no avail as Pender Harbour cruised past the post 2 1/2 lengths ahead in 1:36.63. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to 19-1 Mey's Rockey third. Crushin Hard and Chantal Sutherland finished 7th beaten 10 3/4 lengths.