The first graded stakes run in Canada this year is the $150,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) at Woodbine for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on Polytrack. A field of 10 went to post on Sunday afternoon under cloudy skies and the temperature in the low 60's. Last year's Sovereign Award winner as champion female sprinter, Atlantic Hurricane, was sent off as the 8-5 favorite, unraced since winning the Ontario Fashion in October and the Bessarabian (G3) in November. In to challenge her included 9-4 second choice Roxy Gap, off a third place finish in an allowance over the Gulfstream turf, and 5-1 third choice Sweet Cassiopeia, winner of her last three starts, all at Woodbine last season, and making her stakes debut here.
Jockey Jesse Campbell sent 8-1 Honey Chile to the lead exiting the chute and she set quick fractions of 22.50 and 45.11 over the fast Polytrack while stalked by favorite Atlantic Hurricane and Roxy Gap. Honey Chile continued to lead to midstretch getting 5/8 in 56.85, but Roxy Gap quickly gained on the paceetter, pushing her neck in front in the final strides to get the victory in 1:09.15. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Atlantic Hurricane third.
Results Chart from Daily Racing Form