The $1 million prize of the Crown Oaks race went to Dear Demi after a memorable late burst on the final turn.
Dear Demi was on a steady pace but was trailing approaching the final turn. Then, suddenly, trainer Clarry Conners’ conditioning kicked in. While the other horses tired, Dear Demi charged to the front and overtook the leaders, winning by one-and-a-quarter lengths over favorite Zydeco and two lengths ahead of third-place finisher Summerbliss.
While the results aren’t too surprising, the way in which it all went down certainly was.
Cassidy was close to being canned by owner John Singleton, but ended up getting the nod and pulled through for the animated owner.
"It's true, I wanted to get dump Jimmy after he slaughtered Dear Demi in the Wakeful Stakes last Saturday," Singleton said, according to Ray Thomas of The Daily Telegraph.
The victory led to reconciliation between the two that ended in tears and hugs in celebration of the big win.
“I didn’t support you, I sacked you. I was going to get rid of you,” the billionaire owner said to his jockey, according to Matt Stewart of the Herald Sun.
It was only a matter of time before the seasoned jockey and the magnificent filly Dear Demi pulled through for Singleton and just in time. Luckily for him, it came in the high stakes Crown Oaks.
The win is the fifth Crown Oaks under the belt of Cassidy, and it came at the perfect time for the owner/trainer/jockey trio. Singleton is celebrating his birthday on Friday and Conners’ wife had hers on race day.
That’s cause for a weekend of celebration in Flemington for the trio.
1. Dear Demi
8. Ten Black
11. La Zuma
13. Ireland's Teardrop
14. Mama's Choice
15. Finnegan Beginegan