08/01/2010 7:40PM

Free Fee Lady takes Wonder Where by a neck

Michael Burns
Free Fee Lady prevails in the Wonder Where Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Free Fee Lady, making her first start on turf, handled the surface adequately enough to capture the $250,800 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

The win gave Free Fee Lady a sweep of the final two legs of the Canadian triple tiara, a lucrative series for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. She won the middle leg, the Bison City, on the Polytrack here July 11.


Free Fee Lady assumed a stalking position on the backstretch of the 1 1/4-mile Wonder Where, as Bodua set fractions of 25.33 seconds, 49.92, and 1:15.11. Free Fee Lady hit the front at three-sixteenths pole, before holding off favored Somme and Happy Clapper to prevail by a neck in a time of 2:03.40.


Happy Clapper outran another Mike Doyle trainee, Bodua, for second. Somme hung late to end up a close fourth in the seven-horse field. Moment of Majesty was scratched.


Emma Wilson rode Free Fee Lady for trainer Reade Baker.


“Down the backside, I thought she’d just gallop,” said Baker. “I thought she’d win easy. She got a heck of a ride to win. They were closing in on her. I don’t think this race was nearly as good as her [last] Poly race.”


Free Fee Lady ($5.50) banked $150,000 for Harlequin Ranches.