07/01/2007 11:00PM

Eccentric wins 3-horse stretch run


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Eccentric ($11.60) prevailed after a stirring stretch battle with Grade 1 winners Sky Conqueror and Jambalaya in Monday's Grade 2, $240,800 King Edward Breeders' Cup Stakes at Woodbine.

Sky Conqueror, the even-money favorite in the seven-horse field, rallied very wide from eight lengths off a moderate pace in the nine-furlong grass event. He joined Eccentric and Jambalaya on the lead at the three-sixteenths pole.

Eccentric was flanked by both runners when they hit the wire, and he won by a nose over Sky Conqueror. Jambalaya finished neck back, 2 3/4 of a length ahead of Raw Power.

"My horse ran really hard," said David Clark, who rode Eccentric for trainer Roger Attfield.

Clark said he knew he had Jambalaya measured, but not Sky Conqueror, "because he was a little farther out from me."

"It was just a head bob," he said.

Eccentric covered the distance in 1:46.83 and earned $120,000 in his second consecutive stakes victory for owner Gary Tanaka.

Dancing Allstar romps in My Dear

Hastings shipper Dancing Allstar lowered the five-furlong Polytrack record in Monday's supporting feature, the My Dear Stakes, winning off by 6 3/4 lengths in the $127,700 dash for 2-year-old fillies.

Dancing Allstar broke a bit slowly from the inside before rushing up to get the opening quarter in 22.21 seconds. She opened up a substantial lead in the stretch and won under a hand ride from Todd Kabel. Her time, 57.53 seconds, was .17 faster than the previous record, which was set by 2-year-old first-time starter Don's Folly earlier on the card.

Kabel and Dancing Allstar's owner and trainer, Bob Cheema and Terry Jordan, also won Sunday's Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes with True Metropolitan.

"From the first moment I got on this filly, I said she's a stone-cold runner," said Kabel. "She acts the part - nothing bothers her."

Unbeaten in two starts, Dancing Allstar returned $12.80 and banked $75,000.

Kentucky invader Sky Mom, the 2-5 favorite, lost some momentum on the turn after she was bumped by Sarcasm. They both closed to finish second and third in the eight-horse field.