Tribal Belle holds off Simply Splendid to take the Seaway at Woodbine.

Tribal Belle holds off Simply Splendid to take the Seaway at Woodbine.

Michael Burns

Tribal Belle Gets First Stakes Win in Seaway

Front-running filly holds off favored Simply Splendid by a neck at Woodbine.

Front-running Tribal Belle held off the hard-charging favorite Simply Splendid by a diminishing neck to register her first stakes score for sizzling trainer Terry Jordan in the $141,879 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) (VIDEO) at Woodbine Sept. 5.

The Canvasback Farms' British Columbia-homebred daughter of Tribunal earned her eighth lifetime win in 13 starts in her graded stakes debut. The winning time for the seven-furlong Polytrack event for fillies and mares was 1:22.44.

Jim McAleney, riding Tribal Belle for the ninth time, sent her to the lead from the rail and she was able to set moderate fractions of of :23.49 and :46.60 while maintaining a one-length edge over the stalking Saskawea and Authenicat. In upper stretch, Verdana Bold, racing fourth on the turn, made a bold bid along the rail to challenge Tribal Belle. The leader responded to left-handed urging from McAleney to open up a two-length advantage mid-stretch. 

Tribal Belle had to dig in to get the victory in the final sixteenth of a mile when Simply Splendid, the 8-5 favorite who lacked racing room on the turn, powered home on the outside for Tyler Pizarro. It was four lengths back to third-place finisher Exotic Bloom, who rallied from seventh in the stretch while being ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"We did get some really comfortable splits,” said McAleney. “It was an absolute to go to the lead. I thought if there was anybody on the outside – there was a little bit of speed – and they wanted to go, this filly could sit off them.”

Jordan is winning at better than a 43% clip (28-for-63) at Woodbine this season. The victory is the eighth Woodbine stakes win of the season for the 40-year-old native of British Columbia.

Out of the Vying Victor mare B. B. Belle, Tribal Belle had not raced since a 10-length romp as the favorite in an optional claiming/allowance Polytrack race at Woodbine June 24. She has won six of 10 starts at the Toronto track. The Seaway victory was worth $82,809.

Sent off as the second choice, Tribal Belle carried 115 pounds and paid $6.70, $2.90, and $2.80. Simply Splendid, most recently second to Glitter Rox in the Belle Mahone Stakes Aug. 15 for trainer Gail Cox, returned $3.10 and $2.80. Exotic Bloom was $7.90 to show.

Authenicat, Crown of Diamonds, Foxy Danseur, Verdana Bold, and Saskawea completed the order of finish. Amazing was a stewards' scratch.