The fan-filled crowd cheered on Haddassah in the 86th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes on Sept. 14. The son of Air Force Blue, trained by Kevin Attard and owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling was piloted to victory by journeyman Gary Boulanger. Consulting with conditioner Attard, Boulanger was confident in his horse’s ability to capture the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
“Kevin said he might be the most talented three-year-old he has, but he hadn’t mentally put it together. Today, he showed he did,” said Boulanger, who captured his first Prince of Wales win.
A battle down to the wire with Attard’s other trainee, Harlan Estate, Boulanger was confident his mount could get the job done in the 1 3/16-miles race over Fort Erie’s dirt course.
“He’s a horse that’s really come into himself,” said Boulanger after steering Haddassah to victory.
Eighth in the Queen’s Plate, Haddassah’s conditioner Attard was extremely pleased with Haddassah heading into the Prince of Wales.
“He’s trained really well since and he really matured since the Queen’s Plate – he’s more relaxed in his training in the mornings. We elected to take him off of Lasix for the Queen’s Plate and he ran without the medication today as well just because I thought it was reacting negatively to him. He put it all together today,” said Attard.
Haddassah returned $15.50 to his backers. Attard’s two other contenders, Harlan Estate and H C Holiday finished second and fourth, respectively. Meanwhile, Tino Attard’s trainee, Keep Grinding finished third.