Updated on 09/16/2011 8:12AM

Aptly named Good Journey wins Atto


ETOBICOKE, Ontario-The aptly named Good Journey had clear sailing on the outside in Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine, and made the most of it by posting a decisive win over 55-1 shot Chopinina.

Chopinina, the lone filly or mare in the 13-horse field, set the pace under Emile Ramsammy in the Grade 1 turf event, getting fractions of :22.77, :44.94 and 1:08.92.

Good Journey raced five lengths off the lead on the backstretch, and loomed into contention exiting the turn under Pat Day. He took dead aim at Chopinina in the stretch, and hit the front inside the eighth pole before drawing off to complete the distance in 1:33.27 seconds.

California invader Nuclear Debate finished a neck behind the runner-up in second. Moon Solitaire was another neck back in fourth, a half-length in front of a troubled Touch of the Blues, who had rallied along the inside.

Touch of the Blues' rider, Corey Nakatani, lodged a claim of foul against the rider of Chopinina for possible interference approaching the wire, which was disallowed.

Day, who was disqualified from first aboard Hawksley Hill in the 1999 Atto Mile because of an errant whip, said everything went smoothly this time.

"Good Journey had a good journey," Day confirmed. "He came away from the gate nice and clean. The speed out-footed us. We bided our time, in fifth or sixth, going into the turn.

"He was just cruising on the outside coming into the stretch, and when I asked him to move at the three-sixteenths pole, he dropped down and accelerated nicely. He swapped over to his left lead after I tapped him, and remained on his left lead, but he finished up nicely."

Frankie Dettori, who rode 5-2 favorite Noverre, one of Europe's top milers, blamed post number 13 on his mount's lackluster sixth-place finish.

"I had a killer draw," said Dettori. "We lost too much ground around the turn, and then turning for home, the others were gone."

The order of finish was completed by Strut the Stage, Krieger, Dumaani Star, Del Mar Show, Quiet Resolve, Autonomy and Regal Mister.

Good Journey, who returned $8.40 as the second choice, is unbeaten in three starts this year for trainer Wally Dollase. A son of Nureyev, he earned $600,000 for owners Flaxman Holdings Ltd., Gary Margolis, Michael Jarvis and partners.

The exactor returned $397.10, and the triactor paid $3,994.30. The superfecta was worth $9,216.35.