10/09/2017 4:33PM

Latonka rallies to Bull Page victory

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Michael Burns
Latonka paid $13.10 in winning the Bull Page Stakes at Woodbine on Monday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Latonka toyed with his five rivals in Monday’s $125,000 Bull Page Stakes at Woodbine, winning the six-furlong dash for 2-year-olds with a powerful stretch rally under Gary Boulanger.

Latonka ($13.10) began slowly and trailed while far back early, as longshot Inge set moderate fractions. Be Vewy Vewy Quiet, the 1-5 favorite in his first start under Eurico Da Silva, mounted a wide rally and looked the winner in midstretch, but Latonka came charging wide from left field to prevail by three-quarters of a length, in a time of 1:10.56.

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet, who won the Aug. 5 Clarendon Stakes under Sheena Ryan, edged out a weakening Inge for second.

“He showed us a lot of class in the morning, and he’s learning a lot,” Boulanger said. “He’s obviously a horse with a tremendous turn of foot. We don’t know how good he is yet, but he’s been awfully good to us. He’s a pleasure to ride, and a pleasure to be around.”

Latonka, a son of Signature Red, is unbeaten in two starts. He earned $75,000 for a partnership that includes trainer Denyse McClachire.