Updated on 09/15/2011 1:00PM

El Soprano takes Summer Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Longshot El Soprano overcame a troubled trip to upset 3-5 favorite Miesque's Approval in Sunday's Grade 2, $181,750 Summer Stakes for 2-year-olds at Woodbine.

El Soprano was checked hard by Gary Stevens early on the turn while running well off the pace in the one-mile turf event. Union Place and Open Concert dueled through fractions of :22.70 and :45.20 while being tracked by Classic Runaway.

El Soprano came wide into the stretch and collared 51-1 shot North Brooklyn in deep stretch, before holding off Miesque's Approval to win by a neck in a time of 1:35.14. North Brooklyn was another half-length back in third in the 10-horse field.

The Bill Mott-trained Miesque's Approval bumped hard with Deeliteful Guy in mid-stretch while seeking a path, but after a stewards inquiry, the order of finish stood.

"We had a rough trip," said Stevens. "A horse stopped in front of us heading into the turn, and we clipped heals with him. I thought it was over at that point. I swung him to the outside coming into the stretch, and he accelerated really nicely. He's a very talented colt. He still has a lot of learning to do."

El Soprano ($22.20) banked $109,050 in his stakes debut for trainer Kevin Attard.

Stronach Stable swept the both supporting features on the Atto Mile card, when Diadella wore down favored Nymphenburg in the final strides to capture the $243,000 Canadian Handicap.

Diadella shattered the course record for about 1 1/8 miles on the grass in the Grade 2 fixture for fillies and mares. With David Clark riding, she covered the distance in 1:43.76, which bettered the previous record of 1:45 set by With Your Approval in 1996.

Step With Style, the second choice in the 12-horse field, bobbled at the break and unseated Jerry Bailey.

Nymphenburg stalked a pace battle between Forest Princess and Herzblatt, who was coupled with Diadella. The latter raced about 10 lengths off the early leaders, and rallied along the inside in the stretch for a one-length score. Cayman Sunset finished another 2 3/4 lengths back in third.

Malcolm Pierce trains Diadella, who returned $26.40 and earned $141,000.