Cairo Prince’s My Boy Prince Romps in Woodbine Return

My Boy Prince, Canada’s champion 2-year-old colt of 2023 and a leading King’s Plate fancy, returned to the winner’s circle with an authoritative victory in the King Corrie S. at Woodbine Sunday. Second in last year’s GI Summer S. and third in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, the heavy favorite was returning to the synthetic surface for the first time since dominating in the Simcoe S. at Woodbine last August. He attended the pace of Maximus Magic (Maximus Mischief) through fractions of :24.38 and :47.82, took charge approaching the stretch and easily strode clear down the lane.

“He’s an easy horse,” jockey Sahin Civaci said of the winner. “Raffie [jockey Rafael Hernandez] did break sharper than my horse, but he is very versatile. He can sit off the pace and can be in the front. We had an easy pace up front and when it’s time to kick, he sure does kick on.

“I made sure I slept early to have energy for this race. It’s great being back on him, I was looking forward to it. I’ve worked him a couple of times in the morning. I’m very pleased with him.”

My Boy Prince, the C$115,000 sale-topper at the 2022 CTHS Canadian Premier Yearling Sale, broke his maiden over Woodbine’s Tapeta surface last June before romping to a 14-length victory in the Aug. 27 Simcoe S. He was second in his first outing on turf in the Sept. 16 Summer S. and set a course record while winning the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer S. in October before concluding his juvenile season with a third-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup.

In his first start of 2024, the gray colt was eighth in the 5 1/2-furlong Palisades S. at Keeneland Apr. 7.

Canadian stakes winner Hopping Not Hoping produced a filly by Classic Empire this year. Her now 2-year-old, Athlete (Kitten’s Joy), was exported to Great Britain after selling for $585,000 to China Horse Club and Qatar Racing at last year’s Keeneland September sale. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

KING CORRIE S., C$114,200, Woodbine, 5-19, 3yo, 7f (AWT), 1:23.04, ft.
1–MY BOY PRINCE, 124, c, 3, by Cairo Prince
          1st Dam: Hopping Not Hoping (SW), by Silent Name (Jpn)
          2nd Dam: Delray Beach, by Harlan’s Holiday
          3rd Dam: Matter of Law, by Matter of Honor
(C$115,000 Ylg ’22 CANSEP). O-Gary Barber; B-Murray Graham
Smith (ON); T-Mark E. Casse; J-Sahin Civaci. C$72,000. Lifetime
Record: MGISP, 8-4-2-1, $485,038.
2–Roi Soleil, 118, c, 3, More Than Ready–Eden’s Moon, by
Malibu Moon. ($28,000 3yo ’24 KEEAPR). 1ST BLACK TYPE.
O-Zilli Racing Stables; B-Al Shaqab Racing (KY); T-Steven
Chircop. C$20,000.
3–Midnight Mascot, 122, c, 3, Army Mule–Midnight Embrace,
by Midnight Lute. ($200,000 Ylg ’22 KEESEP). O-Manfred &
Penny Conrad; B-Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds (ON);
T-Mark E. Casse. C$13,200.
Margins: 6 3/4, 2HF, 1. Odds: 0.15, 10.50, 6.20.
Also Ran: Maximus Magic, Break the Spell.