Woods training grad Painting gets first stakes win in dramatic style
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Painting came from last in the final three furlongs to win Saturday's $125,000 Ontario Fashion S. (G3) at Woodbine by a neck over Victory Kingdom (AUS) for her first stakes victory.

The 4-year-old filly, who had finished second in a trio of graded stakes this summer at the Canadian track, is now 3-5-1 in 10 starts and has earned $214,445 for breeder Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings Inc., who co-owns the daughter of Distorted Humor with Bo Windsor and Glenn Sikura.

Painting was in no hurry early in the six-furlong contest, trailing the field for the first half of the race. She began to wind up midway on the turn and went four-wide into the stretch. Victory Kingdom was up two lengths with a furlong to run, but Painting was cutting into the margin with every stride and went by in deep stretch to win by a neck in 1:09.46 on the synthetic surface.

“We were cross-entered, but winning this race was much more important because it’s graded against more significant company,” winning trainer Josie Carroll said. “I had her siblings and her mother. I go a long way back with this family. That always makes it special.”

Painting is out of four-time stakes winner Handpainted, whose dam Daijin is a sister to Belmont S. (G1) winner Touch Gold and Canadian Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer With Approval.