R Naja nails it at Woodbine!

DARRS Inc’s R Naja proved a doughty winner of the $100,000 Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine yesterday!

Having led almost all the way under Luis Contreras, R Naja, a three-year-old daughter of Exhange Rate, maintained her superiority by one-and-three-quarters of a length at the pole.

What this fine victory proved is that R Naja is a young filly fast on the improve, having won three of her last four starts, having had only seven starts on total.

Here’s what the winning jockey had to say about the win:

“He (Stidham) talked to me,” said Contreras. “He told me to go to the lead and don’t look back.

The wind in the backstretch, it kind of helped me a lot. It was behind us. She was relaxed. I just left her a couple of lengths outside of the other horse (Red Lodge). She was still running. She never stopped. At the head of the stretch, the wind was very strong. I just tried to stay low in the saddle.”

And here’s a look at the week’s entries:

Wednesday

Keeneland
Qualkris – Race 3, Maiden Special Weight
Princess Lu Lu – Race 5, Allowance

Thursday

Aqueduct
Desert Duchess – Race 1, Claiming

Hawthorne
You’re Welcome – Race 3, Maiden Special Weight

Friday

Laurel Park
Hardwin – Race 8, Maiden Claiming
Determined – Race 10, Claiming

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