Updated on 09/17/2011 11:47AM

Harmony Lodge a runaway in Sweet Briar Too

Michael Burns
Harmony Lodge crosses the wire a 5 1/2-length winner of the $108,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Harmony Lodge got the stakes proceedings off to a rousing start at Woodbine Sunday, romping to a 5 1/2-length win in the $108,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes.

Harmony Lodge, based in New York with Todd Pletcher and ridden by Eibar Coa, broke from the inside, assumed command with a half-mile to run and never let her opposition get close while completing the seven furlongs in 1:22.07.

Winter Garden, the only 3-year-old in the field of six fillies and mares, overcame some traffic problems to finish second, a length better than Acting Deputy, who set early pace.

Sheila's Prospect, El Prado Essence and Mulrainy completed the order of finish. Brass in Pocket and Tuff Chick were scratched.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred owned by Eugene and Laura Melnyk, Harmony Lodge was winning her seventh race from 15 lifetime starts and boosting her career earnings to $380,120.

Harmony Lodge, who was saddled here by assistant trainer Ginny Dipasquale, returned $3.80 and keyed a $15.50 exactor and $105.50 triactor.

Moonshine Hall best in Charlie Barley

The Melnyks were back in the winners circle just over a half-hour later, greeting Moonshine Hall following his 1 1/2-length victory in the $112,000 Charlie Barley.

Moonshine Hall, a Kentucky-bred who is based at Churchill Downs with Anthony Reinstedler, rallied from well off the pace under jockey Patrick Husbands to defeat 11 rivals in the one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.

Strizzi also came from off the pace to finish second as the 6.55-1 third choice, two lengths to the good of 6-5 favorite Silver Tree, who was invading from New York for trainer Bill Mott.

Completing the order of finish were Tusayan, Paris Caper, Chad's Hope, Strategic Strike, Strikingly, With Assurance, General Ascot, Quiet Dare and Numerous Dancer.

Moonshine Hall, who was clocked in 1:33.27, returned $8.20 as the second choice. The exactor paid $47.50, the triactor $88.50, and the superfecta $351.25.

Gigawatt returns running

Gigawatt, who had been considered a candidate for the Kentucky Derby heading into this season but had his campaign derailed by a foot problem, made an impressive return in a second-level allowance for 3-year-olds and upward.

Gigawatt, the second straight winner for Husbands, won by 2 1/2 lengths and returned $3.80 after completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.10.

A Kentucky-bred owned by Stonerside Stable and trained by Mark Casse, Gigawatt was making his first appearance since Nov. 20, when he won the 1 1/16 mile Display here.

T J's Lucky Moon, winner of last year's Queen's Plate, was a vet scratch from the race after developing a slight temperature.

Wild Whiskey upsets Wake At Noon

Wild Whiskey upset Wake At Noon, Canada's reigning horse of the year and champion sprinter, in a 6 1/2-furlong classified allowance.

Owned by Gary Wellwood and Larry Titchner and trained by John Ross, Wild Whiskey led every step of the way while finishing in 1:16.36 under Jim McKnight.

Cheap Talk, a Sovereign Award finalist in the sprint division last year, closed for second money. Dawn Watcher rallied for third while Wake At Noon faded to fourth.