Wonderlandbynight Captures Ontario Debutante
Wonderlandbynight swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and left favored Mimi's Missy behind to register a victory in her stakes debut in the $146,910 Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 14 (VIDEO).
As the field turned for home, Baird and Wonderlandbynight seized command with a rail-skimming bid. Under steady urging, she held off Mimi’s Missy and Alex Solis by 1 3/4 lengths. The stalking Mistress Gallop ran third, another 1 1/2 lengths back, with Eurico Da Silva aboard. The final time was 1:17.40.
“Watching the races here, it looks like most of your riders want to stay off the fence,” said the Chicago-based Baird. “It might possibly be dead, but (going inside) was the only option I had, and I figured I could come through there and maybe ease her out; don’t be right on top of them down the lane.”
Wonderlandbynight earned $86,418 for the victory and paid $13, $4.80 and $2.70. She combined with Mimi’s Missy ($2.90, $2.40), third in the My Dear Stakes locally June 26, for a $35.10 exacta. Mistress Gallop ($2.40), a debut maiden winner in her only start June 19, completed a $67.90 trifecta. I'm No Toy and Miss Taggart followed.
Michael Reavis bred Wonderlandbynight, a chestnut filly out of the Gulch mare Onemiracleatatime.
I Fly High was a stewards' scratch.
“I wanted him to find his natural stride,” noted Landry. “I wanted him to be where he was comfortable. He responded today. I knew it was going to be a punch to the wire. Woodbourne knows how to win, too. Good, old ‘Rahy,’ he always comes through.”
Co-owner Jim MacLellan was thrilled to see the Ian Black-trained gelding come back with a big effort after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 24.
“We were very nervous,” said MacLellan. “We don’t know what happened (last time). We had to throw it out. We’re just very proud of him.
“He runs with his head so high and he never wins those bobs. It was very exciting. We loved every second of it.”
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