Unbeaten Inglorious showed she's for real after sweeping past her rivals for a 5 3/4-length romp as the 6-5 favorite in the $151,101 Ontario Lassie Stakes (VIDEO) on a 27-degree afternoon at Woodbine Dec. 4.
The 2-year-old daughter of Hennessy won her debut smartly two weeks ago in the six-furlong Fanfreluche Stakes, rallying five wide for a 1 3/4-length triumph.
Ridden again by Chantal Sutherland, Inglorious was even more impressive when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles. Stalking the pace from mid-pack, Inglorious closed six wide into the stretch to get the lead in the final furlong and drew off under slight handling. She avoided a loose horse down the stretch while coming home in 1:46.28 over the Polytrack.
Josie Carroll trains Inglorious for Verne Dubinsky's Donver Stable.
Baganara, at 15-1, charged late to get second by three-quarters of a length over 11-1 Sense of Pride.
Molinaro Social, the longest shot in the field of nine 2-year-old Ontario-bred fillies at 61-1, unseated rider Steven Bahen while racing mid-pack at the rail on the first turn.
Yankee Candy set the pace for a half-mile (:24.11, :47.79) before Sense of Pride, advancing on the outside for Patrick Husbands, took command rounding the far turn and showed the way into the stretch. Inglorious, racing in fifth at that point, took the overland route to prove much the best for Sutherland, who is third in the Woodbine riding standings on the final weekend of the long Toronto season.
Inglorious paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.70 and topped a $54.80 exacta. Baganara ($9.10, $6), ridden by Slade Callaghan, finished with determination to edge Sense of Pride ($4.90) for the runner-up spot. Second choice Grand Style was two lengths farther back in fourth.
Arosa Farms bred Inglorious, who is out of the Smart Strike mare Noble Strike. The bay filly brought $83,556 at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) 2009 Canadian-bred yearling sale.