Walton Street made his first start in North America a winning one under famed jockey Lanfranco Dettori, winning the Grade 1 Canadian International by 5 3/4 lengths at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The 7-year-old gelding went into the gate as the favourite, bided his time for ten furlongs, and pulled away in the stretch to earn his first G1 victory in dominant fashion.
Breaking from the second post, Dettori settled Walton Street behind longshot Primo Touch, who got out to a multi-length lead within the first half-mile. Logging fractions of :25, :49.49, and 1:14.37, Primo Touch slowed the pace down, leaving the door open for the field’s closers. With a quarter of a mile to go, Walton Street easily took over the lead, entering the stretch on the leading and pulling away to a five-length advantage in the race’s final furlong.
At the wire, it was all Dettori and Walton Street, with Desert Encounter second and Primo Touch third.
The final time for the 1 1/2 miles was 2:29.07.
Walton Street paid $3.70, $2.40, and $2.20. Desert Encounter paid $5.40 and $4.30. Primo Touch $6.80.
Bred in England by Darley, Walton Street is a 7-year-old gelding by Cape Cross out of the Encosta de Lago mare Brom Felinity. He is owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby. With his win in the G1 Canadian International, Walton Street has three wins in five starts in 2021, for a lifetime record of seven wins in 19 starts and career earnings of $962,153. – Paulick report.