Following a victory in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly over the turf at Woodbine, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Holy Helena will likely continue to pursue graded stakes success in Canada, with the long term goal for the Ontario-bred daughter of Ghostzapper set as the Grade 1, $600,000 E.P. Taylor on October 12.
A Stronach Stables homebred, Holy Helena won the Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Plate during her 3-year-old campaign and won her first graded stakes race in Canada in the Dance Smarty. The mile-and-a-quarter event on the grass was a fourth graded stakes win for Holy Helena.
“There's a chance that she'll stay up there and finish out her career up there,” Jerkens said. “This is definitely her last year of running and the most appealing Grade 1 is up there. She doesn't have a whole lot of Grade 1 on her record she has everything else. There's the E.P. Taylor and a prep race a month before [Grade 2, $250,000 Canadian on September 14] and there isn't much at Saratoga for her.”
Prior to the Dance Smarty, Holy Helena scored back-to-back editions of the Grade 3 The Very One at Gulfstream Park and also won last year's Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay over the inner turf at Belmont Park.
Holy Helena is out of the Holy Bull broodmare Holy Grace, who also produced graded stakes winner Holy Boss.
Jerkens went on to speak of the winning career debut of Stronach Stables' 2-year-old Green Light Go on Thursday afternoon.
The homebred son of Hard Spun broke sharply under jockey Junior Alvarado and glided home to a wire-to-wire victory to win by 3 ¼ lengths, registering an 84 Beyer.
“He was breezing well. I didn't expect him to come out of the gate that sharp so that was good to see,” Jerkens said. “Then I knew once that happened we had a good shot. Speed has been good all meet so once he broke that sharp I felt pretty good.”
Jerkens said that Green Light Go would probably be bound for stakes action at Saratoga for his next start.
“I haven't thought quite that far ahead. We'll get him up there and take it from there,” Jerkens said.
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