07/30/2017 6:46PM

Inflexibility sets new course record in Woodbine's Wonder Where Stakes

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Michael Burns
Inflexibility edged Enstone to win Sunday's Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine in course-record time.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Inflexibility shattered a Woodbine turf course record while notching her first stakes victory in Sunday’s $225,000 Wonder Where, the 1 1/4-mile final leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara.

Inflexibility ($3.60) raced three wide throughout under Luis Contreras. She was a bit rank on the backstretch racing about three lengths behind Enstone, who set quick fractions while being pressed by Mythical Mission.

Inflexibility joined the leaders at the top of the stretch, and then wore down a gutsy Enstone late to win by a half-length, as Mythical Mission weakened to third. Crumlin Queen, Ghostly Presence and Ellan Vannin rounded out the field of Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

The hand-timed final clocking of 1:58.88 was much faster than the previous record of 2:00.12, set by Forte Dei Marmi in 2013. 

“I got a perfect trip the whole way,” said Contreras. “She was pulling and pulling. She was really strong the whole way. From the quarter pole to the wire, I had to ride her hard, because I thought I wasn’t going to go past [Enstone]. The last sixteenth of a mile, she was more confident on the lead.”  

Based at Saratoga with trainer Chad Brown, Inflexibility earned $135,000 for the partnership of Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence. The daughter of Scat Daddy was coming off back-to-back troubled third-place finishes in the Woodbine Oaks and Queen’s Plate, and is now eligible for Sovereign Award consideration because she has made the required minimum three starts in Canada this year.

Niigon's Eclipse wins Victoriana Stakes

The favored Niigon’s Eclipse ($6.10) won her first stakes in Sunday’s $125,800 Victoriana, an Ontario-sired event for fillies and mares.

Trained by Rachel Halden for Chiefswood Stable, Niigon’s Eclipse prevailed by a neck over New York shipper Flipcup, in a final time of 1:40.68 for 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

“I was lucky,” said Patrick Husbands, who rode Niigon’s Eclipse. “Leaving the gate, she was relaxed, but she started to get aggressive five furlongs out. She dragged me to the lead, but she fought on.”