Southdale comes home strong to win the Eclipse Stakes.

Southdale comes home strong to win the Eclipse Stakes.

Michael Burns

Southdale Makes the Grade in Eclipse Stakes

It was the first stakes win for the lightly-raced 4-year-old.

Lightly-raced Southdale, a 4-year-old son of Street Cry, took over from pacesetter Fatal Bullet in mid-stretch and held off Stunning Stag by three-quarters of a length to win the $176,500 Eclipse Stakes (Can-III) (VIDEO) June 5 at Woodbine.

Now perfect in two starts this season, Southdale entered the Eclipse off a solid allowance win on the same track at six furlongs in May. Runner-up by a neck in the Plate Trial to close out his 3-year-old campaign, the bay colt is now 3-1-1 from five starts.

Ian Black trained the winner for owner-breeder Rod Ferguson. Emma-Jayne Wilson was aboard.

In the 1 1/16-mile Eclipse, Southdale raced mid-pack through easy fractions as pacesetter Fatal Bullet, the 5-2 favorite, took the field of eight through splits of :25.17, 49.62, and 1:13.45. Tierra Del Tigre stalked the pace and Mast Track was also close up.

Southdale made his winning move coming off the final turn, collared Fatal Bullet in mid-stretch, then dug in deep to hold off that one and Stunning Stag, who was closing well on the outside under Eurico Rosa Da Silva. The final time on Polytrack was 1:43.77. Stunning Stag was a length in front of third-place Fatal Bullet.

The winner was bred in Canada and is out of the Saint Ballado mare Pinafores Pride. He has now earned $209,762.
Southdale paid $8.40, $5.10, and $3.60. The exacta (7-8) returned $59.50 and the trifecta (7-8-1) paid $203.80.
Tierra Del Tigre finished fourth, followed by Ice Bear, Pool Play, Awesome Rhythm, Palladio, and Mast Track.