06/12/2004 11:00PM

Eye of the Sphynx cruises in Woodbine Oaks

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Michael Burns
Eye of the Sphynx and Todd Kabel pass the wire 4 1/4-length winners of the $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks on Sunday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Favored Eye of the Sphynx ($3.60) took control on the far turn and drew clear in the stretch for an authoritative victory in Sunday's $500,000 .

It was a record seventh Oaks win for Sam-Son Farm. Jockey Todd Kabel won his second Oaks aboard Eye of the Sphynx for trainer Mark Frostad, who was winning the Oaks for the third time.

Eye of the Sphynx and Hong Kong Dancer vied through a moderate opening quarter of :23.72 seconds in the nine-furlong event for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. Silver Bird came along the rail to take control on the backstretch, through a half in :48.21, before Eye of the Sphynx gained the lead just inside the three-eighths pole.

Touchnow, the 29-1 outsider in the five-horse field, rallied into contention on the far turn, but Eye of the Sphynx had plenty left for the drive and went on to score by four and a quarter lengths.

Touchnow was nine lengths clear of My Vintage Port in second. Hong Kong Dancer and Silver Bird completed the order of finish. The final time was 1:53.11 seconds.

Eye of the Sphynx, who kept her unbeaten record in tact, earned $300,000.

"She showed up today," said Kabel. "That's four wins in a row now. She's done everything we've asked from her."

Organ Grinder impresses

Organ Grinder was a very impressive winner of Sunday's supporting feature, the $140,375 Victoria Park Stakes, establishing himself as arguably the top 3-year-old on the grounds in the process.

Organ Grinder had a stalking trip under Simon Husbands in the nine-furlong race. He hit the front abruptly, after finding room at the quarter pole, and then drew off to prevail by six lengths, in a final time of 1:51.55 seconds.

Copper Trail rallied wide for second, while Tobe Suave finished third. Judiths Wild Rush, the 2-1 second choice, was a well-beaten sixth in the nine-horse field of 3-year-olds.

It was the first stakes win for Organ Grinder, who returned $5.70 as the favorite. He banked $84,225 for S and B Stable and trainer Sid Attard.

How 'Sweet' it is

Sweet Problem ($16.40) captured Sunday's other Woodbine stakes, the $112,000 Alywow for 3-year-old fillies. With Jim McAleney aboard, Sweet Problem ran six and a half furlongs on the grass in 1:14.97.